Organization of this OER

Willkommen: Deutsch für alle 2 is an innovative second-year German language e-textbook, designed as Open Educational Resource (OER), for learning German at the college level. The materials cover approximately two semesters (semester 1: units 1-5; semester 2: units 6-10) and are equivalent to the B1.1 level (semester 1) and the B1.2 level (semester 2) of the CEFR.

Willkommen: Deutsch für alle 2 follows a blended-learning model. In-class sessions taught by an instructor (odd numbered lessons: 1.1, 1.3, etc.) alternate with online sessions (even numbered lessons: 1.2, 1.4, etc.) which students complete at their own pace at home.

Each unit is prefaced by clear learning outcomes so that students know what they are expected to achieve by the end of the unit in terms of skills and knowledge. At the end of each unit, students demonstrate what they can do by accomplishing a specific task. These tasks resemble real-world tasks, requiring students to combine their accumulated skills and knowledge, in either oral or written form.

Each unit provides ample materials to practice all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) with culturally authentic materials. Students practice their interactive language skills in a collaborative environment through a variety of in-class activities (e.g., signature search, info-gap, role plays, interviews). Listening activities are based on unscripted authentic speech by a variety of speakers from German-speaking countries. Viewing activities often make use of authentic video clips from German Television channels and other sources. Both types of activities sharpen students’ aural and interpretive skills. Pedagogical and authentic texts enhance students’ reading skills and cultural awareness.

New vocabulary is often introduced in class using a specific teaching technique (see Notes for instructors), but also sometimes learned by the students at home. Students are encouraged to practice the new vocabulary via Quizlet. Each unit features a number of Quizlet stacks organized by topic (sign up for free account is required for access). Our Quizlet username is germanuofa. All vocabulary of a unit is also compiled in a list at the end of each unit (printable as PDF).

New grammatical structures are introduced implicitly in their authentic context (text or audio), then followed up by a section asking “Was ist neu hier?” which allows students to discover the new forms themselves and to hypothesize how they are being used. Grammatical explanations are part of the online sessions where students can read through the explanations at their own pace and do practice activities. Longer grammatical explanations are provided in a PDF format for those students who would like to print them out. There is also a grammar reference page at the end of the e-textbook which lists and links again to all structures that were covered in the units.

Many units also feature a collection of useful phrases (“Redemittel”) for students to use in interactive activities in class as well as for quick reference. Cultural notes (in English) throughout the OER provide students with more insights into the German-speaking cultures. At the end of each unit, a section “Zum Spaβ” offers further practice activities, and links to German music and videos. Some units also feature a UNESCO world heritage site which provides further cultural information on the topic of the unit. Specific sections throughout the OER are also highlighted by the use of different coloured boxes:

  • green: learning outcomes at the beginning of each unit
  • blue: a collection of useful phrases (“Redemittel”)
  • orange: grammar explanation
  • purple: cultural notes

Instructions in Willkommen: Deutsch für alle 2 for in-class lessons as well as online sessions (including in the h5p activities) are entirely in German.

The following icons are used to indicate different activity types:

grammar section icon short grammar explanations in English video icon video
H5P activity icon H5P activities (for students to do at home in the online lessons) listening icon listening
partner work icon pair/group work activity: In class, you will hear instructions such as “Arbeiten Sie mit einer Partnerin oder mit einem Partner.” reading icon reading
group work icon whole class (for warm-up or brainstorming activities) when entire class is involved internet search icon Internet search
speaking icon speaking (with several classmates, for example in interviews, signature search activities, etc.) writing icon writing or taking notes
Student Handout PDF icon Student Handouts (Einheit 1-5; Einheit 6-11) (provide space for taking notes or information required for certain activities, for example info-gap; available as PDF for students to print out) task icon tasks (the culminating activity of each unit where students demonstrate what they have learned by combining their skills and knowledge)
presentation icon presenting material (when the instructor is presenting new materials in class, for example vocabulary, or through self-study at home) oral presentation icon oral presentations
Was ist neu? icon Was ist neu? (allows students to discover and speculate about underlying grammatical patterns after they used the new forms in context) Quiz icon Was wissen Sie jetzt? Quiz (for students enrolled in a German class at the University of Alberta, this link connects them to the quizzes on eClass)
external link icon external link PDF icon vocabulary list at the end of each unit
reading strategies icon reading strategies Vergessen Sie nicht icon Vergessen Sie nicht! (highlights previously taught material as a quick reminder)


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