Freitag, 29. Januar 2016

Some ways to foster writing skills

I would like to introduce some more tools that foster writing and help language teachers regarding different aspects of their teaching.

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  • This webapp provides a word and the students have 60 seconds to write down everything that comes to their minds. So it’s a fantastic way of launching a freewriting session. Unfortunately, the only language is English.


  • This webapp counts the words in a text. There are several features, as the usage of group roots or the inclusion of small words, i.e. common words (prepositions, pronouns).


  • Diese Webanwendung ist für Deutschlerner/innen besonders spannend, denn sie kreiert neue Sprichwörter, indem sie mehrere bekannte Sprichwörter miteinander vermischt. Dabei entstehen recht lustige Kreationen.
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Bob Blumes Blog

  • Auf Bob Blumes (@legereaude) Blog möchte ich aus unterschiedlichen Gründen hinweisen. Zum einen unterrichtet er selbst (Deutsch und Englisch), zum anderen schreibt er selbst. Und diese Mischung macht sich wirklich hervorragend. Bob Blume liefert Anleitung zum richtigen Interpretieren von Texten, literarische Texte und wichtige Hilfestellungen für Unterrichtspraktikantinnen und -praktikanten. Prädikat: wertvoll & lesenswert!

Anregungen des Goethe-Instituts

  • Das Goethe-Institut bietet auf seiner Webseite zahlreiche Ideen und Anregungen für den Deutsch-Unterricht. Hier gibt es Unterrichtsmaterialien ebenso wie Materialien zur Methodik. Und auch freie Apps sind dort zu finden. Man braucht aber ein wenig Zeit, um alle Schätze zu entdecken.

Lern Deutsch

  • Diese App wurde für junge Deutschlerner/innen entwickelt und ist sowohl für iOS als auch Android verfügbar. Auch als Webapp steht die Anwendung zur Verfügung.

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  • Diese Webseite gibt es in mehreren Sprachen und für mehrere Länder. Die Schaf-Videos, die hier präsentiert werden, behandeln das Thema Medienkompetenz und lassen sich sowohl sprachlich als auch thematisch verwenden.

Samstag, 23. Januar 2016

Sprachverwendung im Kontext

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Das ÖSZ hat ein neues Praxisheft herausgegeben, das sich mit dem Thema "Sprachverwendung im Kontext" beschäftigt. Dieses Praxisheft steht zum kostenlosen Download bereit und enthält Materialien, die sich sofort im Unterricht einsetzen lassen. Die Beispiele stammen aus Französisch, Italienisch und Spanisch und decken das Niveau A2-B1 ab. Als Vorbereitung für die neue Reifeprüfung und das Üben der Testformate ist dieses Heft jedenfalls zu empfehlen.

Donnerstag, 21. Januar 2016

Resources for Primary Schools

There are many resources for teaching younger children as well. Some of them are really, really good, others not. Here are some of my "treasures" regarding language teaching at a primary level. There are apps, as well as collections of  work sheets and exercises, and funny pictures that can be used within classroom education and beyond.

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  • This website provided by Hessischer Bildungsserver offers 6322 resources from different subjects, including German and English. The resources provided contain interactive exercises to train varying competencies.


  • The Austrian website offers teachers a great collection of educational resources. One of my favourite educational ideas is their collection of Wimmelbilder (Hidden Object Games). A second interesting part is their toolbox Werkzeugkiste.

  • This website offers exercises and worksheets for primary schools, including all subjects. Furthermore, you can find tests, pictures to be colored and seasonal materials. There is for example a worksheet generator that helps you design your own work sheets in little time.

  • The acronym iSLCOLLECTIVE means Internet Second Language Collective, a collaborative project of language teachers who provide others with their materials. Their focus lies on German as a foreign/ second language. There are printables, things to be presented and pedagogical tips. If you want to download resources, registration is required.

Schul-APPS, der TU Graz

  • The Graz University of Technology (@sociallearning) offers free apps for Android and/or iOS that are programmed for children. There are already apps for German, eBooks and the app Team Sketch. Hopefully, more to come :)

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Mittwoch, 20. Januar 2016

Useful websites to improve your English

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There are so many websites that help learners to improve their writing, speaking or listening competencies. In the last few days I got to know some of them and here’s a short review.


  • Quill is a website that offers “tools to make your student better writers” as the website lets us know. There are short exercises to improve grammar and writing skills and it’s really fun doing them. Richard Byrne wrote a post about Quill and its use.
  • Blog de Cristina offers a collection of Six Amazing Websites that Make Your Writing Stronger. All of them seem to regard vocabulary, collocations and the right use of the right word in the right situation (would be fantastic to have a synonym for right here ;-) BTW I really appreciate Blog the Cristina as the website offers a lot of interesting methods, tools and teaching ideas.
  • If you like to play with texts, try Transl8it – and your text will be translated into the new and modern SMS or WhatsApp language. Kind of decrypting modern texts ;-)
  • English Grammar Pass is an interesting website offering grammar and vocabulary exercises and a section called Common Errors.
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A great tool

  • Last but not least, a great tool: Flashcard Maker. It helps teachers to design printable Flashcards. Find here a description in German language provided by EduGroup.

Welcome to my new blog!

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As a foreign language teacher, I often have the problem to find good resources to be used in the classroom. When I find useful stuff, I don't really know where to put it and/or how to save it so I later on can find it again. I've got a board on, where all my teaching stuff is pinned, but it's not really handy as I have got my own clustering system I can't adopt to Thus, I decided to open up a new blog, as kind of a "Best of" teaching and learning resources. There are different pages for different languages, and some pages that are rather general. All pages will include resources and ideas on how to teach languages in a (digital) era.

It has, nevertheless, to be stated, that my blog will always be work in progress and that I'm thankful for your hints, resources or recommendations regarding tools, instructional scenarios and whatever regards language learning and teaching. The posts will cover different languages and I will try to write the posts in the language it concerns. So, I apologize for all mistakes that may occur – I’m myself a language learner, not only language teacher and try to practice whenever I can.

So enjoy my new blog and help me improving it ;-)