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The Deutschlandcollage: An AR tool for teaching and self-learning

© Goethe-Institut e.V./ KIDS interactive

The Deutschlandcollage (“Germany Collage”) is an update and modernization of the well-known Deutschlandposter. This new map of Germany has a new “look” thanks to augmented reality as well as a new standalone app with a wide range of content for learning German and getting to know Germany as a diverse and dynamic society and culture.

By Sophia Schwager

Background and development

This new edition of the popular Deutschlandposter, which teachers around the world can use for classes on German culture and society, for example, now comes with a free interactive app for about 13.45 million school-age learners of German worldwide. The new poster shows images of contemporary German society as well as interactive elements that reflect the media habits of young German-learners. For this purpose, the Deutschlandcollage consists of two interacting parts: a map of Germany with a fresh new design and interactive augmented reality (AR) features, on the one hand, and an app called "Deutschland. Kennen. Lernen” (i.e. “Getting to know Germany”) with a wide range of content and interactive exercises, on the other. The poster and app can be downloaded together free of charge from the website.
Bild vom Poster (© Goethe-Institut e.V./ KIDS interactive The “Germany Collage” (i.e. poster and app) is designed for young learners of German between the ages of 14 and 18, but it also inspires adult learners to learn more about Germany and improve their German skills while they’re at it. The collage has six subject areas for browsing and (self-)learning at the A2 level of German proficiency: “Living in Germany”, “Leisure and Volunteer Work”, “Environment and Sustainability”, “Studying in Germany”, “Creatives and Masterminds” (i.e. people in the arts and sciences) and “Working in Germany”. Interactive exercises and narrative media, including short films, provide variety and enable users to improve their vocabulary and their reading and listening comprehension, whilst learning more about Germany from the perspective of young people.

The Deutschlandcollage is essentially a self-learning tool, but can also be used in the classroom for teaching German as a foreign or second language.

Beispiel Themen © Goethe-Institut e.V./ KIDS interactive Practical example: Using Deutschlandcollage in the classroom

The collage can be used for German language teaching in a great many different ways. First of all, the Deutschlandposter can be used by itself, without the app. The large number of attractive pictures on the poster (available in sizes from A4 to A0) can be used to start a discussion with students, for example, about Germany in general and how they view the country. You can hang the poster up in the classroom and have your students do an exercise or two on it as a reward if they’ve been working especially hard in class. A single exercise can be “played through” in less than five minutes, during which students will improve their language skills in a playful way – and learn something about Germany while they’re at it.

Above and beyond that, teachers of German as a foreign or second language can use the Deutschlandcollage a great deal more intensively in the classroom. You’ll find various free teaching materials, comprising sets of worksheets and teachers’ handouts, on our website.
DC Cloud © Goethe-Institut e.V./ Colourbox Here’s an example of how to use the Deutschlandcollage with a group of (approximately A2 level) learners: A class of 8th-grade German-learners would like to learn more about how kids in Germany spend their free time (subject area: Leisure activities). Their teacher would like to tell them about (young) Germany whilst doing some vocabulary practice, listening comprehension and oral skills.

The 8th-graders and the teacher have installed the "Deutschland. Kennen. Lernen" app on their smartphones/iPhones or tablets/iPads free of charge. (After installation, the exercises can be either streamed or used offline.) In the classroom, the teacher can either hang a suitably large version (e.g. A0) of the free poster on the wall, place several smaller versions (e.g. A5 or A4) on their desks, or project an image of the poster on the wall. The poster is also available as a PDF for school tablets or laptops. In addition, the students receive worksheets on the subject of “Leisure and Volunteer Work” (as PDFs or printouts).
Beispiel Übungen © Goethe-Institut e.V./ KIDS interactive After opening the app, the students can scan the poster and do exercises from the app under the teacher’s guidance. The subject area in this case would be "Leisure and Volunteer Work" with the topics "Sports", "Volunteer Work", "Music and Festivals" and "Clubs". The app contains exercises of various kinds and formats: short movies, word search puzzles, two types of word-and-picture-matching exercises, knowledge puzzles, 3D objects and two kinds of slideshows (either “text-only” along the lines of "Did you know that …?" or with sound and text).

The worksheets (and teachers’ handouts) methodically round out the app content and provide supplementary exercises such as word-and-picture matching, conversation aids about the topics (sports, music, volunteer work etc.) and/or specific points of grammar in practice, puzzles using what students have learned from the app, some special material about modern pop music in Germany, fill-in-the-blank texts, and a whole lot more.