Business Scavenger Hunt, Novice Low, German

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The activities provided by the Boise State World Languages Resource Center (WLRC) serve as foundational activities which can be adapted by any language and scaled up or down on the proficiency scale. Many of these activities offer an English Version that is “language-agnostic” to provide language instructors from around the country a platform to remix these instructional materials, infusing them with their target language and culture! The activities within the Pathways Project OER Repository seek to help students solidify their interpersonal speaking and interpretive skills through task-based situations or communicative activities. These activities should be facilitated in the target language for approximately 90% (or more), per the recommendation of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

How to use the WLRC Repository’s Activities:

1. Use the Activity as is:

Before you begin:

  • Most activities are 30 minutes in duration, unless otherwise specified.
  • Be sure to read through the activity description, and review the list of required materials. You will notice that the activity materials are also highlighted in yellow throughout the activity instructions.

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2. Remix for Your Language Classroom:

When you are ready to begin remixing the activity, in order to adapt it for the needs of your language classroom, simply click the blue “Remix This Resource” button at the top of your screen. This will then take you to a screen with a NEW, editable version of this activity. The text provided in purple is a suggestion of what you might say to your students in the target language, and may be altered for different levels and age groups. All activities have “NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do” statements, a warm-up, a main activity, and a wrap-up.

Many of the activities include printable cards and other instructional materials such as Google Slideshows. If you would like to make changes to these materials in Spanish, follow the instructions below:

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3. Adapt for Another Language:

  • See the linked English Version at the top of the activity (English Version may not be available for all activities)

Business Scavenger Hunt


Students will receive business cards listing an address, profession and phone number. Based on the cards, students will practice asking each other questions to determine each other's information.

Proficiency Level:

Novice Low


introductions, questions, personal information, phone number, address, profession, business, scavenger hunt

World-Readiness Standards:

  • Standard: 1.1 Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
  • Standard: 1.2 Students understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics.
  • Standard: 2.1 Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied

Idaho Content Standards for World Languages:

  • COMM 1.1: Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions. 
  • COMM 2.1: Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.
  • CLTR 1.2: Explain the relationship between cultural practices/behaviors and the perspectives that represent the target culture’s view of the world.
  • CLTR 1.3: Function appropriately in diverse contexts within the target culture.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can provide personal information when asked
  • I can ask another person about their address and phone number. 
  • I can identify street addresses and phone numbers. 

Materials Needed:

Google Slideshow

Business Cards

Question Cards


1. Begin by opening the Google Slideshow and  introduce the Can-do's for today's activity. 

2. Using the icons on the slides, ask students whether they would use Sie or Du based on the situation.

3. After students have finished answering whether they would use Sie or Due, give students a verb to have them form full questions and responses using the correct conjugation.  

         Ex: Wie heißen Sie? Wie geht es dir? etc.

Main Activity

1. Give each student  a person card and a question sheet

2. The students then have to go around asking questions to figure out which person the information belongs to.

       Ex: Was ist deine Telefonnummer? Wo arbeiten Sie?

3. Once they find who has the information they write down the name on the business card with a wet erase marker. 

4. They might not get to every spot on the sheet and that’s fine!


Ask students the following questions to finish the lab: 

1. Was ist deine Telefonnummer? 

2. Arbeiten Sie? Wo arbeiten Sie? 

End of lab:

• 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 labs!

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can provide personal information when asked
  • I can ask another person about their address and phone number. 
  • I can identify different professions 
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