Shawn Moak, Mimi Fahnstrom, Amber Hoye
Material Type:
Middle School, High School, Community College / Lower Division, College / Upper Division
  • Adjectives
  • Adjektive
  • German Stereotypes
  • Prejudice
  • Typisch Deutsch
  • Vorurteil
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    English, German

    German Level 4, Activity 13: Stereotypen / Stereotypes (Face to Face)

    German Level 4, Activity 13: Stereotypen / Stereotypes (Face to Face)


    Students discuss German stereotypes.

    Activity Information

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    Stereotypes / Stereotypen


    Students learn about the discuss German stereotypes.

    Semantic Topics 

    German Stereotypes, Typisch Deutsch, Prejudice, Vorurteil,  Adjectives, Adjektive


    Cultural clichés, Kulturklischees


    Understanding cultural clichés about people in German speaking countries. Kulturklischees über Menschen im deutschsprachigen Raum verstehen.


    Danger in stereotyping people.  Value of cultural individualities of German speaking lands.  Gefahr, Menschen zu stereotypisieren. Wert kultureller Individualitäten im deutschsprachigen Raum.

    NCSSFL-ACTFL World-Readiness Standards

    • Standard 2.1  Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the cultures studied.
    • Standard 3.2  Students acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through German and the German-speaking world.

    Idaho State Content Standards

    • Objective: CLTR 1.2  Explain the relationship between cultural practices/behaviors and the perspectives that represent the target culture’s view of the world.
    • Objective: COMM 2.1  Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.

    NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements

    • I can discuss stereotypes of German speaking countries.
    • I can discuss stereotypes of my own culture.
    • I can form an opinion about the validity of certain stereotypes.

    Materials Needed


    Read the stereotypes and discuss whether the stereotypes are correct.

    Lest die Klischees und besprecht ob die Klischees stimmen

    Main Activity

    Instructions in English/Deutsch

    Stereotype 1:  The Germans eat bratwurst, beer, and potatoes.

         Klischee 1:  Die Deutschen ernähren sich von Bratwrust, Bier, und Kartoffeln.

    Conclusion:  The stereotype is true and tastes good!

         Fazit:  Klischee stimmt und schmeckt!

    Stereotype 2:  The Germans are cold, unfriendly and inconsiderate.

         Klischee 2:  Die Deutschen sind kalt, unfreundlich, und rücksichtslos.

    Conclusion:  The Germans are very nice and helpful, even in a big city like Berlin.  Stereotype refuted.

         Fazit:  Die Deutschen sind sehr nett und hilfsbereit sogar in einer Großstadt wie in Berlin  Klischee widerlegt.

    Stereotype 3:  The Germans are humorless and stiff.

         Klischee 3:  Deutsche sind humorlos und steif.

    Conclusion:  The Germans are full of humor and not stiff.  They like jokes and are very funny.  Stereotype refuted.

        Fazit:  Die Deutschen sind humorvfoll und nicht steif.  Sie mögen Witze und sind ganz lustig! 

    Stereotype 4:  The Germans love order and adhere to rules.

       Klischee 4:  Die Deutschen lieben Ordnung und halten sich an Regeln.

    Conclusing:  Stereotype true.  The Germans love order and adhere to the rules.

       Fazit:  Klischee stimmt!  Die Deutsche haben viele Regeln und halten sich daran.

    Stereotype:  The Germans love soccer!

       Klischee 5:  Deutsche lieben Fußball!

    Conclusion:   World Champions 1954, 1990, 2014.  Stereytype ture!  In summer there is barbecue and soccer.

        Fazit:  Weltmeister:  1954, 1974, 1990, 2014  Klischee stimmt!  Im Sommer gibt’s Grillen und Fußball.


    Discuss any new information the students learned about German stereotypes.

    Besprechen Sie alle neuen Informationen, die die Schüler über deutsche Stereotypen erfhren haben.

    Cultural Resources

    Attached is a link from Meet the Germans, What do Foreigners Think about Germans.

    End of Activity

    • Read Can-Do statements once more and have students evaluate
      their confidence.
      (Use thumbs up/thumbs down or download our student cards.)
    • Encourage students to be honest in their self-evaluation.
    • Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future activities!

    NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements

    • I can discuss stereotypes of German speaking countries.
    • I can discuss stereotypes of my own culture.
    • I can form an opinion about the validity of certain stereotypes.