Getting to Know... Der Besuch der Alten Dame (ZigZag Education)

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Getting to Know... Der Besuch der Alten Dame
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Getting to Know... Der Besuch der Alten Dame

For A Level German

Ready-to-use research tasks, worksheets, background information and practice exam questions to ensure a full understanding of this popular tragicomedy. Students will know the play inside out and be well prepared for the speaking and writing exams.

Useful for:
AQA Cultural Topics
Edexcel Research-based Essay
WJEC Guided Studies Options

The special preparation, explanation, summary structure is ideal for the perfect balance between independent and class work:

  • Preparation: independent research tasks on the plot and life of the author
  • Explanation: worksheets and interactive activities on the themes, events, characters and dramatic techniques
  • Summary: exam-style oral and essay questions for students to apply what they have learnt

Special sections on:

  • Comparison of the play and the film
  • The characters
  • Whether the play is a tragedy or a comedy


  • Worksheets on Claire Zachanassian and Alfred III
  • Questions on the themes of greed, love, family, death, the establishment and justice
  • Top tips for a top grade essay
  • Model essay plan and answer
  • With answers to all exercises

More Getting to Know... resources for: AQA Edexcel WJEC CCEA

What do teachers have to say about this resource? (4014)
"I feel that its very comprehensive with the themes, characters and strategies that the author uses. There is also some preparation on the film in comparison to the book." A McGreal, ZigZag Customer
"Well structured; covers all aspects I wanted to teach within Besuch der alten Dame and beyond." R Bauer, ZigZag Customer
"It is excellent as both a practical resource for [students] to work through, but also then to use as a revision aid." Head of German, ZigZag Customer
"It is an extremely useful and well presented resource." R Bravo, Head of Department and Independent Reviewer
"A very good introduction exactly right for teaching the literature to A2 students in German." A Gomez, Customer
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