Customs and Traditions
German for Children

Recycling and the environment have been central topics in Germany since the 1970’s. With this presentation we would like to familiarize young learners with some of the devices used in Germany in order to protect the environment, particularly the system of separating waste and recycling.

Germany is one of the countries, where separating and recycling waste has become part of everyday life - 45 % of the waste produced is recycled. How it is done, you will see in this presentation.
   
This presentation has been designed to introduce the city of Berlin, the capital of Germany, to young learners with little or no German.With more than 3 million inhabitants, Berlin is now the biggest city in Germany and one of the biggest cities in the European Union. It is an exciting metropolis and a place where past and future are intertwined.
 
The first day of school is a very important day for pupils in Germany. The children celebrate this day with their family and friends. In this presentation, you will get to know the most common traditions which are associated with this celebration in Germany. 
In Germany like in many other countries the birthday is one of the most important family occasions. Here - like with many other festivals - there is a very special German way of celebrating this important day in the year.
This presentation gives information on most prominent traditions such as “Kaffee und Kuchen” (coffee and cake) and party games.
 
This presentation has been designed to familiarize pupils with little or no German with the four seasons in Germany. They will already know the seasons from the way they appear in Scotland, so the teacher might want to point out the differences and special features of the German seasons. 
 
For many regions in Germany, Carnival is a very important date in the cultural calendar for people of all ages. This presentation will put special emphasis on the celebrations in the city of Cologne, which is the stronghold of Karneval in Germany.
 
Easter, like Christmas, is a curious mixture of Christian and pre-Christian celebrations. Although a Christian festival, Ostern in Germany has many features which are enjoyed by all children and often their parents, too.
 
Christmas in Germany with atmospheric Christmas markets, Christmas-trees and delicacies such as ‘Stollen’ and ‘Lebkuchen’ is famous worldwide. This presentation aims to familiarise young learners with traditions in Germany and introduces basic descriptive vocabulary. It is suitable for beginners and for learners with very basic language.
 
On twelve calendar sheets you will find – alongside a topic related photo on the front –various texts regarding the theme of the month which are suitable for classroom use. The calendar sheets describe how typical holidays and festivities, i.e. Christmas, Easter, birthdays, weddings etc. are celebrated in Germany including various connected customs. The material includes statements made by young people as well as comics, song lyrics, statistics and plenty more relevant for the respective topic.The calendars have already been sent out and re-orders are, unfortunately, not possible.

Please also note the Online-Material for Teachers of German in our community 'Deutsch für Dich'.
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Sigrid Savelsberg
Goethe-Institut Zentrale München
Bildungskooperation Deutsch
Kulturprogramme