Web Exercises


Welcome to German 101 and to the web-based supplement to Jaegerbuch 1. The Internet offers us a wealth of German resources. We hope these activities will be fun and will help you improve your reading and writing skills in German as well as your cultural knowledge about German speaking countries. There will be 8 Units, each covering about 3 Lektionen. They are tied to your text and follow the story line. Some require written responses in German, some serve as background information to the text, others stress the development of reading skills. But above all, we hope you will have some fun using this new medium.

UNIT 1 (Lektion 1, 2, 3)

You have met Rudi, Ernst, Hanna and Karl. They are all students in Marburg but they come from different cities in Germany. Click on this link and a map of Germany will appear. You can click on each individual "Bundesland" (the equivalent of a state in the US) and it will enlarge and show the most important cities. Try to locate the students' hometowns or some other important cities. Write down the name of the Bundesland (the equivalent to a state in the US) in which each city is located. You may want to bookmark this page, so that you can refer to it in future exercises if you have to locate a "Bundesland" or a city in Germany.
Go to the page "Laender der Bundesrepublik" and find more information on these states. Which one is the largest, the smallest in size, in population? Write down the numbers and bring your sheet with this information to class. We will then use it for an activity in class.

Go to the page Universitaetsstadt Marburg and click on "Bilderbogen". Take a tour through the city. Do not attempt to read the text, just look at the pictures. When you accompany Rudi and his friends on their walks through the city, you will be able to imagine how it looks.

Send a Virtual Postcard from Nuernberg to your instructor. Say who you are, what you study and what you find interesting. Click on a postcard. If you want a different one, click on "weitere Motive" The following words will help you in filling out the form. Empfaenger = addressee, Absender = sender, Nachricht = message, Vorschau = preview, Absenden = to send.

If you want to find out more about Rudi's home town, go to the following web page: Stadt Hamburg

UNIT 2 (Lektion 4, 5, 6) To be done after completion of Lektion 6.

This is an exercise in scanning a text for specific information. You do this, for example, when you want to check whether a course is listed in the Hunter bulletin; you do not read all the listings, but you scan the text to find the course you want. Use the same technique in this exercise.

  • First, read the text in Lektion 6 and make a list of the courses Rudi takes and the times when he takes them.
  • Go to the page of the psychology department at Philipps-Universitaet Marburg and click on "Lehre/Veranstaltungen" (on the left), then on "Vorlesungsverzeichnis". The pages from the bulletin will come up. Scroll down till you come to the listing of sub fields (i.e. Methodenlehre). Here, you will find the courses offered in the current semester.
  • Scan the list and see whether the courses Rudi takes are also offered this semester. If you find a match, note down the time and the name of the instructor.
  • Once you have gathered the information, write it down in a short paragraph using positive and negative statements.

Rudi has found a room with Frau Schmieder on Haspelstrasse. Can you find it on the map of Marburg? List three major streets that intersect with Haspelstrasse.
On the top under "Ort oder PLZ" type in "Marburg" and under "Strasse" type in "Haspelstrasse". The map will come up.

UNIT 3 (Lektion 7, 8, 9)

Rudi has just bought a new lamp for his desk. Since Ernst needs one too, you want to help him. You are more savvy and do your shopping on-line. Most of the big mail order companies in Germany offer on-line shopping. Go to the web page for Neckermann. On the top under "Suche" type in "Schreibtischleuchten". Make some notes on color, price, etc. Write a note to Ernst describing the lamp in simple terms using adjectives from p. 49 in the textbook.
Find one other article for Ernst's room and describe it.

UNIT 4 (Lektion 10, 11, 12)

Go to the web page of the Mensa and click on Speiseplan. On top, click on one of the days of the week or on "naechste Woche" (next week). Then select "Mittags" (at noon) or "Abends" (in the evening). The menu for the day or the entire week will come up. Scroll up and down to see what is being served. First, look for words you know or for words that are similar to English. Then select what you will eat each day. Select at least one vegetarian meal. Write a paragraph in which you describe your choices.

UNIT 5 (Lektion 13, 14)

Rudi and his friends visit the Automuseum in Frankfurt. There they see an old Beetle like the one Rudi's mother still drives. Volkswagen has a web page giving a short history of the Beetle. Click on "hier geht's zur Kaefergalerie" and then on "Kaeferchronik". Scan the text and find two pieces of information that are of interest to you. Make notes and bring them to class. Share them with your classmates.

UNIT 6 (Lektion 15, 16)

Reading exercise: Scanning a text to find certain information. Go to the web page of the Frankfurter Zoo (bookmark it). Most of the answers to the following questions can be found under "Info" or under "Frankfurt Zoo" but you may have to click on some of the other links. Write them out in English and hand them in to your instructor.

  • What are some of the attractions?
  • How old is the Frankurt Zoo?
  • What happened in 1944?
  • How much is the admission to the zoo?
  • What are the opening hours?

Writing exercise: Above, you have a map of the area where the Frankfurter Zoo is located. Using the adverbs of space you learned already (Lektion 8, 9) and the new ones in Lektion 15, write a description of where certain points of interest are located. Your point of reference is the Alfred Brehm Platz. There are symbols for "church" (die Kirche), "hospital" (das Krankenhaus), "post office" (die Post) and "subway" (die U-Bahn). Can you guess which stands for what? Your description should be at least 6 sentences. Hand it in to your instructor.

In Frankfurt, you can order pizza on-line from Mr. Pizza. First scan the text on the home page to find some general information about services they offer. Put together an order for Rudi, Ernst and Florian (since they are hungry after visiting the Automuseum). You have EURO 50.00 to spend on their lunch. Make a list of what you order for whom, and bring your list to class. Be prepared to talk about your choices. Is pizza more expensive in Germany or in New York?

UNIT 7 (Lektion 17, 18, 19)

Hanna is trying to find some gifts for her father and Karl. She has about Euro 300.00 to spend. You want to help her with her shopping and so you go to the on-line catalogue of Otto Versand, a large mail-order company. You can either click on one of the main categories or launch a search by typing the item into the box "Suche". Once you find an article you like, click on the picture to get more information. Make notes. Write a letter to Hanna describing the various items. For each one, note down the size, color, fabric content, price and one more piece of information that you think is important. You may also want to comment on why you like a particular item. Write a nicely formulated letter incorporating the necessary information. Hand in the letter to your instructor.

Reading exercise to be done after completion of Lektion 19: The city of Kassel has a web page for its police department (first precinct = 1. Polizeirevier). Scan the text to find the information to answer the following questions in English. It is not necessary for you to understand every word, but you must get the gist of the text from the general context.

  • In which part of the city is this precinct located?
  • Who calls on this force frequently and why?
  • What are some of the main problems the police has to deal with and why?
  • They have a special investigating unit (Ermittlungsgruppe). What is it called and what type of crime do they investigate?
  • Do you think they could help Florian? Why or why not?

UNIT 8 (Lektion 20, 21, 22)

Hanna wrote to Stephanie about her shopping spree. Stephanie writes back about the on-line shopping at Otto Versand. Pretend to be Stephanie. Pick out at least three items and describe them by incorporating the information you find on-line. You have EURO 250.00 to spend. Write the letter and hand it in to your instructor.
Wie geht es weiter mit Hanna und Ernst? Go to Freundin on-line and click on "Horoskop". Decide on birthdays for Hanna and Ernst. Click on "Wochenhoroskop" (or any other category). Make some notes and bring your predictions to class.

Copyright ? 1999 Annette Kym. All rights reserved.
This web page was developed with the assistance of Igor Kitaychik, a Zabar
Intern, whose support was made possible by the Judith and Stanley Zabar Fund.
Updated: January 16, 2005

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