Concepts and Materials
German for young learners


Thema Energie © ipopba/iStock

Thema Energie

In this CLIL unit year 7 & 8 students explore how countries like Australia and Germany create electricity. They investigate the consequences of our energy consumption for the earth, learn about the development of renewable energies and analyse ways to save energy.

17 globalen Ziele für nachhaltige Entwicklung © United Nations

Workshop on Sustainable Development

At the National Conference "Sustainable with German" in 2018 guest speaker Rebecca Rashid has developed an interactive workshop on sustainability. Worksheets for four stations are now available for download.

Unternehmen Deutsch © iStock

Enterprise German

Enterprise German is designed for schools that want to build a bridge to the world of work or expand their business contacts. The project combines aspects of professional orientation with an idea contest that stimulates the students’ creativity and inventor spirit.

Science Workshops in German © Byron Martin

Science Workshops in German

How do we get rid of space debris that orbits the earth? What can we do to halt resistance to antibiotics? These and similar questions are explored by the students at the science workshops.

Girls´Day Logo Kompetenzzentrum Technik-Diversity-Chancengleichheit

Girls' Day

The Girls' Day - the biggest career orientation project for girls worldwide - comes to Australia on 12 June 2020! The aim of this campaign is to expand the range of career choices for women and to promote diversity in the workplace.

Online Raum Prüfungen 11/12 ©Colourbox

Online Exam Preparation for Year 11/12

These online rooms for exam preparation, repetition and practice are based on the core themes of the various curricula.

Goethe's Garden © Goethe-Institut Australien

Goethe im Garten

In cooperation with the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation, our community garden located at the Goethe-Institut in Sydney, has been designed to promote gardening, sustainability and positive food habits.

Lego © Liam Hartley


LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 is a robot composed of a programmable computer, motors and sensors. The robots can be built into different models using LEGO bricks. Depending on the complexity of the project LEGO MINDSTORMS are suited to students from Year 5 to 9.

Jahreszeichen  Jacinda Brown

Jahreszeichen – A CLIL Unit for Years 8 & 9

In line with the international Year of Indigenous Languages this unit provides a good foundation for getting to know Gulumoerrgin, the language of the Larrakia, and exploring the importance of indigenous languages and related knowledge systems. Jahreszeichen demonstrates the wealth of knowledge that the Larrakia People hold about nature and the environment.

Flyer ©Goethe-Institut Australien

Why German in Secondary School?

The flyer "Why German in Secondary School?" outlines the key reasons as to why German is an excellent choice for secondary school students in Australia.

Fokus Lernen © Goethe-Institut Australien

Fokus Lernen

Fokus Lernen provides material that will support and enhance concentration and strengthen the student’s ability to learn.

Poster German Poster Goethe-Institut Neuseeland

How ... is German

These posters are ideal to decorate your German classroom and to promote your German program.

Erfinderland © Goethe-Institut

Erfinderland Deutschland

The poster exhibition Erfinderland Deutschland focuses on world-changing German inventions across the scientific disciplines and presents both historical discoveries and pioneering innovations.

Lautstark © Goethe-Institut

Lautstark - Junge Musik aus Deutschland

The poster exhibition Lautstark offers an insight into the latest trends in German music and is a great resource for learning and teaching German.

Cartoon: Average Adam © Goethe-Institut Australien

A Day in the Life of Average Adam

Accompany 'average' Aussie Adam on his day and find out  how German inventions affect his daily activities.

German Cities © Goethe-Institut

German Cities and Landscapes

The exhibition introduces viewers to Germany’s cultural and geographical diversity as they are taken on a voyage through 7 cities and 6 landscapes. 

Down Under © Goethe-Institut

Down Under: German City Names

In addition to this colourful and fantastic poster exhibition the Goethe-Institut Australien offers an accompanying poster of German city names in Australia.     

Poster Collage © Goethe-Institut

Poster Germany-Collage

The Brandenburg Gate, a garden gnome, the Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, fans at the Soccer World Cup, a Frankfurter Kranz, a typical German beach chair, a Mercedes-Benz sign… 

Socio-Cultural Resources

Kultur_Teaser © picture alliance/Sueddeutsche Zeitung Photo; Fotograf: Robert Haas

Wall Calendar 2019 "Kultur erleben in Deutschland"

Music, film, literature, media, etc. The 2019 wall calendar offers a variety of teaching materias for levels A1 to B2.

Sport in Deutschland © picture-alliance / Fotograf: Sven Simon

"Sport in Deutschland"

Swimming, break dance, surfing, soccer, etc. The wall calendar "Sport in Deutschland" addresses topics that are of interest to young people aged between 15 and 25. Teaching materials are available for download.

Menschen in Deutschland © Bernhard Ludewig 2012

"Menschen in Deutschland"

Have a browse through these teaching materials which accompany the Goethe-Institut calendar "Menschen in Deutschland".

Lifeswap © Goethe-Institut Neuseeland


Lifeswap is a series of animated Skype chats between Jörg from Germany and Duncan from New Zealand. The funny filmclips offer an insight into the two different cultures of these men.

Journey to Germany © Goethe-Institut Australien

Journey to Germany

The little sister of ‘Lifeswap’ has arrived! In this brand-new series ‘Journey to Germany’ we will follow Liam in the months before his departure on exchange to Germany.

Deutschlandlabor © Goethe-Institut und Deutsche Welle


Do Germans eat sausage every day? Does every German drive an expensive car? And is it true that everything runs smoothly in Germany? Nina and David, the two hosts of the series Das Deutschlandlabor explore these and other stereotypes about Germans on their journey through the country.

Step into German © Goethe-Institut

Step into German

The website "Step into German" presents the latest information about German pop music, soccer and film and offers a great collection of teaching materials.


Goethe Collection © Goethe-Institut Australien

Film archive "Goethe Collection"

Our film archive "Goethe Collection" is managed by the National Film and Video Lending Service (NFVLS) in Canberra. NFVLS is Australia's largest film library and lends its resources to educational institutions, government departments, industry and professional bodies, and community groups such as film societies around Australia.     

Film ab © Nun sehen Sie Folgendes

Film Ab!

No matter if beginners or advanced learners… short films are perfectly suited for the use in German lessons. This way, German lessons get more diverse and interesting. Sometimes humorous, sometimes serious – these films show parts of German reality and lead to various occasions to speak and discuss.

Filme im Unterricht © Goethe-Institut Australien

Films for German Classes

The use of film can make lessons more exciting and engaging for students. Films can provide the impetus for authentic regional and cultural studies as well as extra motivation to study German. You can borrow films for use in your German lessons from our film archive any time. The films are in German with German or English subtitles.