Why Learn a Language?

I find it very important to start each year brainstorming with students about why it is important to learn another language.

This gives the students the chance to reflect on why they think it is important, to share ideas with others and to develop an understanding on just how many ways second language learning benefits them.

Here is some more information about language learning at Craigburn Primary:

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” – Nelson Mandela

Why Learn a Language?

Learning a second language has intrinsic benefits such as developing cultural awareness and empathy and promoting self-reflection within the learner. Academically, second language learning improves first language ability, improves memory and heightens cross-curricular skills.

Languages and the Australian Curriculum:

The German language and culture taught at Craigburn Primary correlates with the three main aims of the Australian Curriculum, enabling students to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills to:

• communicate in German

• learn about cultures from around the world

• understand themselves as communicators

This gives your child the opportunity to express themselves in another language, empathise with other cultures and gain skills to be successful in all areas of their studies.

German at Craigburn:

In 2018 every class at Craigburn Primary will attend one German lesson 50 or 70 minutes in length. The program is delivered in an engaging manner which encourages students to develop their cultural awareness and language skills while working towards reaching their relevant Achievement Standards. Learning occurs in many different forms in the German classroom, from songs, stories and games to using a range of devices to demonstrate understandings. Above all, the program aims to immerse students in German language and culture in a safe, enjoyable and constructive environment. The German program is taught by Carly Smith on Monday – Thursday in A7.

Sharing Our Learning:

The Craigburn German blog is an effective platform to share our learning with not only the school and wider community but also on a global level. The blog showcases the current learning in our German classroom through written accounts, photos and videos. The blog can be found at: http:// blogs.craigburn.sa.edu.au/german/. Learning is also shared with families via the Seesaw app, if used by the classroom teacher. This gives timely updates about what is happening in our classroom and allows families to share learning together.

If you have any questions or queries concerning the German program at Craigburn Primary, please feel most welcome to come and discuss with Frau Smith.

Willkommen to 2018!

Willkommen to all Craigburn families! German at Craigburn this year will be full of new, exciting learning and will give all students the opportunity to further their language skills.

This year the German room has moved (back) to room A7. I will be working Monday-Thursday over 2018 so please drop in if you’d like a chat about the program!

Each class will have one lesson per week (either 50 or 70 minutes long) over the whole year.

I’m looking forward to hearing about your holiday stories!

Deutschland in Europa

This week the Year 4/5 students have been looking at Germany’s place in Europe and the 9 countries which border it. They completed a Europe puzzle and then used devices to work out the country names in German. Finally, the students participated in a game of Kahoot! which tested their knowledge of those German country names. It was an interesting lesson full of new learning!

We also discussed the size of Europe compared to Australia and found this image to be very interesting!


Today in German the Year 1 and 2 students trialled a new online quiz program called, ‘Kahoot!’ Students see quiz questions appear on the main screen and then record their answers using an iPad. The questions are multiple choice and a real-time leaderboard is kept as the game progresses. It was a very fun and exciting way to practice our German language skills!

Here is a short video explaining Kahoot!:

Here are some of our fantastic Junior Primary students putting Kahoot! to the test!




Felix and Franzi

This term the junior primary students have been engaging with an online resource named ‘German with Felix and Franzi.’

This resource is created specifically for primary school German teachers by the Goethe-Institut. It follows the story of two animals, Felix the frog (Frosch) and Franzi the duck (Ente). Felix and Franzi have moved from the Berlin Zoo to England and live in an old German letterbox they found in an antique shop.

The program comes with hand puppets and lots of fun and engaging videos and songs.

We have LOVED getting to know Felix and Franzi this term!

Here is a Year 2 class singing the ‘Hallo’ song all junior primary students sing when we start our lesson:

Here is a Year 2 class singing one of the counting songs from Felix and Franzi:


Our Reception students were VERY excited to create their own Schultuete, or School Cone, during week 2 of this term.

Each student decorated a cone and inside received gifts to celebrate them starting their German at Craigburn: a sharpener, an eraser, a pencil, a bookmark and stickers.

We looked at photos of children in Germany receiving their Schultuete and talked about how it is a German tradition.

I hope all of the children enjoy their gifts!

Dining in Deutschland!

The Year 4/5 students have been very busy over the past few weeks working towards putting a short iMovie together in German.

Firstly the students had to form groups and then work co-operatively to write their own script. The script was set in a cafe or restaurant and needed to include some key questions and phrases we’ve been learning in class. The students then had other language to work with to make their script flow well and sound natural.

After writing the script the groups started rehearsing. It was very important that groups clearly used our ‘secret language’ or ‘write it as it sounds’ strategy. We know this improves pronunciation a lot!

Most groups are now up to filming with that happening over this week and next week. We will share some final products soon!