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ERIC Number: ED344474
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 21
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Teaching the Passive
Rockwood, Heidi
A discussion of teaching the passive voice in second language programs considers underlying attitudes toward grammar and grammar teaching. It is noted that Business German textbooks do not incorporate notions of the thought-to-grammar-pattern relationship, even though the passive voice appears twice as often in technical as in nontechnical language. It is suggested that teachers and authors should give the passive more room in their upper level classes and texts because its role in Business German is significant. Although more research on cognitive patterns might suggest a better way to introduce the specific thought patterns or sociolinguistic contents the passive conveys, people in the field should at least experiment with contextually motivated ways of practicing it. Some teaching materials developed by one instructor are discussed, many of which use authentic German materials. Examples are appended. It is concluded that many of the ideas presented need further testing. (LB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: EnglishGerman
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Identifiers: Authentic Materials; Passive Voice
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Eastern Michigan University Conference on Languages and Communications for World Business and the Professions (10th, Ypsilanti, MI, April 3-5, 1991).