German Handouts for Classroom Use or Independent Study

This page has supplemental, printable German handouts in Windows Word format. The handouts are intended to supplement, not replace, textbook materials. They usually summarize a specific grammar topic and/or provide extra practice opportunities, mostly for a classroom situation or a one-on-one teaching/tutoring situation. Some of them are useful for reference. Others are similar to the German handouts found on our Beginner-Level, Intermediate-Level, and Advanced-Level Worksheets sections, but generally offer a little more in terms of explanation.

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Many additional grammar visuals for use in the classroom can be found here.

Adjective endings: Use whatever works for YOU. – General rules for adjective endings. – Cheat sheet for all adjective endings (useful if you use mnemonic rese/nese etc.). – Cheat sheet for preceded adjectivesFlow chart approach for preceded adjectives.  – A different visual approach for preceded adjectives (youtube video). – Handout for oral classroom activity. Because of the repetitive pattern, this activity helps to develop a more natural feel for the correct adjective endings. german handouts

Adjectives: practicing adjectives from Kap. 1.

Article Endings: article chart for all cases

Calendar: handout to practice times and activities.

Clause patterns: Basic patterns of main and subordinate clauses. May be useful as a supplement in classroom. Not sufficient on its own. Can be used very well with online exercise to practice expectations of how a second clause will have to start and to identify the types of clauses by the position of the conjugated verb.

Curriculum vitae: sample curriculum vitae from monster.de. Students can download the CV and fill it in with their own information. You could use it in a pretend job fair in the classroom. Which students would be best match for certain jobs?

Dictionary 101–How to get the most out of your dictionary. Activity to evaluate/practice students’ use of a German-English/English-German dictionary. If you cannot answer all of the questions in this activity with the help of your dictionary, you definitely need a better dictionary. For any kind of German class, a dictionary with a minimum of 50,000 references is recommended. Personally, in my 30 years of professional experience as a translator and teacher, I have found Langenscheidt German dictionaries (the yellow ones with the big blue L on the front) to be the most useful. A really good dictionary can be expensive, but Langenscheidt has reasonably priced dictionaries that are quite comprehensive (e.g. Langenscheidt Standard Dictionary with over 130,000 references for around $20). Langenscheidt Standard Dictionary German: German – English / English – German. 130,000 references (English and German Edition).

Direct and indirect objects: noun and pronoun order for sentences with direct and indirect objects. Includes practice sentences for replacing accusative and dative nouns with pronouns.

Directions: giving directions to find different places in the city. Picture.  Teacher handout with instructions. This exercise is also available as an online exercise.

In der stadtFamily: – family worksheet (reading and answering questions). -Matching family tree. -Family vocab flashcards.

Genitive handout: explanation of the genitive case in a nutshell.

Grammatical Scavenger Hunts: templates for scavenger hunts for German reading texts. Students find specific grammar elements in a reading text. Various levels of difficult, but generally appropriate for second semester and up.

–In der Stadt (Places in the city): vocabulary/listening comprehension worksheet to go with the picture.

Indirect Speech (partner activity): students work with a partner to put simple sentences into the indirect speech and check each other’s answers (intermediate level and up).

Irregular comparative and superlative forms.

Irregular verbs: not a handout, but a great resource, for irregular simple past and past participle forms. –Irregular Verbs, Kapitel 4 (Deutsch Heute, 9th ed.): All of the irregular verbs of chapter 4 on one page, with colors for visual learners.

Meeting someone: Basic phrases when meeting someone, both formal and informal situations.

Modals: what they are and how to use them


Modal conjugation: Fill in correct present-tense forms of all the modals or print out complete table for reference. Can be used effectively with modal conversation handout. Read the conversation out loud. Students can write the missing modals into the handout and then copy the forms into the modal table. Additionally, the modal conversation handout can be used to identify the infinitive verb in each sentence.

Modals: oral partner activity.

N-nouns (weak masculine nouns): not a handout, but excellent resource can be found at http://www.vistawide.com/german/grammar/german_nouns03.htm

Nominativ und Akkusativ: an easy partner activity to practice definite/indefinite articles in the nominative and accusative.

Oral Presentations: a collection of ideas for oral presentations (for beginner/intermediate students). Can be easily adapted. Topics correspond to common vocabulary topics in most textbooks. I always had beginner-level students do oral presentations in my office, rather than in front of the class, but that, too, can easily be adapted.

tensesPassive summary: handout with passive in different tenses, with and without modals. – Active/passive: Summary of German tenses in active and passive voice, with and without modals. Does not include future placeshandoutperfect (which is very rarely used). in visual form. German and English passive in visual format.

Plurals of German nouns: Possible and consistent patterns of German plural formation.

Possessive pronouns: Partner activity. Nominative only.

Prepositions: not a handout, but a very nice summary of German prepositions with cases and examples.

–Present perfect tense: worksheet for use and formation, some practice of past participle forms.

ispyReflexive verbs: handout/worksheet for reflexive verbs that may use a dative or accusative reflexive pronoun. A more complete list of reflexive verbs.

Schreibaufgaben: ideas for writing prompts teachers can use.

Speaking activities: suggestions for a number of beginner- and intermediate-level speaking/partner activities based on an old “I Spy” picture.

Time elements: list of time elements that can be used with sentences in the present perfect or simple past, along with practice questions for present perfect tense.

Transportation: pdf plan of public transportation in Stuttgart (for illustration purposes); representative schedule (enter for example Stuttgart-Charlottenplatz to get a schedule of all departures from Charlottenplatz–subway, bus etc.)

Two-way prepositions: visual illustration of the two-way prepositions.

Verb Collection: blank pattern to “collect” verbs and practice their conjugation and use

Weather: handout with most important weather vocab (nouns, adjectives, verbs).  

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