German KS2 / KS3: Freunde und was man ihnen schenkt

Tom, a young German blogger, explains that his best friend Nikita has a birthday coming up and is unsure what to get him that will cost less than 2 euros.

He explains that he previously studied for a year in the US and when he left his friends gave him a funny gift.

He explains he’s previously received a ukulele as a gift, as well as a porcelain figure.

He explains that his friend is lactose intolerant so he can't bake him a pie, he’s allergic to animals so he can’t buy him a pet, and he doesn’t like to read.

Finally, Tom decides to buy him a map for their trip to Berlin in the summer.

This clip is from the series German Grammar.

Teacher Notes

This could be used to introduce students to modal verbs.

A useful discussion before viewing the video could focus on the use of modal verbs as “helping” verbs to express the concepts of ability, permission, possibility and obligation.

Can students identify these verbs in English first? Students could also be asked to find the patterns of modal verb + infinitive throughout the clip.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is suitable for teaching German at Key Stage 2 and 3, or Third Level, 4th Level, National 5 and Higher.

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