Concepts and Materials
German for children

Australische Schüler © Goethe-Institut Australien

Learning German in Primary Schools in Australia

This short informative film, developed by the Goethe-Institut Australien, showcases the advantages of learning German at primary school age.

Flyer ©Goethe-Institut Australien

Why German in Primary School?

The "Information for Principals" brochure outlines the key reasons why German is an excellent choice for primary schools and introduces the ready-to-use teaching materials German with Felix and Franzi

Kinderuni ©Goethe-Institut

Kinder university

The digital Kinder University is an innovative educational project for children aged 8-12. A key aspect of the Kinder University is its online platform which is accessible to everyone free of charge.

Kinderuni Live © Tania Jovanovic

Kinderuni Live

On the 20th of November 2020, the University of Melbourne opens its doors to local kids. Primary school students, teachers and parents are invited to experience an event packed with science. For one day, kids will step into the shoes of university students, taking part in workshops and lectures and conducting fun experiments with real researchers.

Felix und Franzi ©Goethe-Institut Australien

German with Felix und Franzi

Felix and Franzi are now traveling around Australia! Teachers can register their school as a destination for Felix and Franzi and showcase the adventures of Felix and Franzi at their school. Students can also learn what Felix and Franzi experience at other schools.

Blue-Bot © Melisa Savickas

Coding with Blue-Bot

Blue-Bot® is a small robot that can be programmed using a tablet or with the arrows on the robot itself. Through this coding game students adopt new skills in Digital Technologies and learn German at the same time. Additionally, with the Goethe-Institut’s classroom mats other learning areas can be integrated into the German lessons.

Vom Bohnensamen zur Bohnenpflanze iStock/BogWan

My Bean plant: The lifecycle of a plant

This CLIL unit combines German and biology lessons and is suitable for students in years 3 & 4. In just 7 lessons, the children learn how to grow a bean plant. They observe the germination process and learn to describe this process in German.

Deutsch mit Socke © WDR/ SWR

Deutsch mit Socke

Deutsch mit Socke is a WDR film series, that helps children between five and eight make their first steps into German. This webpage is available in German only.

Karla und Kai © Goethe-Institut London

German with Karla and Kai

Engaging and imaginative new lesson plans for the third year of German at primary school level. We also offer free downloadable materials.

Frühes Fremdsprachenlernen mit CLIL Ansatz © Goethe-Institut

Early Language Learning with the CLIL method

The brochure (in German) introduces the most important methods of Content and Language Integrated Learning. It includes a range of practical modules which illustrate how children in kindergarten can learn German while conducting experiments.

Nürnberger Empfehlungen © Goethe-Institut

Nuremberg Recommendations on Early Language Learning

This revised edition of the Nuremberg Recommendations for Early Language Learning describes the complex conditions of early language learning in a way that clarifies the potential and the needs of a 4 – 10 year old child within the learning process.

Learn German With Songs Cover © Goethe-Institut London

Learn German with Songs

This songbook by Martina Schwarz provides you with many ideas for the use of music in class. Available at the Resource Centre at the Goethe-Institut in Melbourne.

Schneewittchen © Goethe-Institut

Fairy Tales on DVD

If you and your class would like to watch Grimm’s Fairy Tales on DVD you can borrow them now at our Resource Centre at the Goethe-Institut in Melbourne and Sydney, in Canberra and in Brisbane.

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.