ERIC Number: ED060690
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
Folklore for Teachers: Deutsche Volkskunde im Sprachunterricht (German Folklore in Language Instruction).
Weber, Berta N.
Bulletin of the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association, v50 n1 p12-15 F 1971
Cultural study provides an invaluable tool for the motivation and enrichment of work in the language classroom. The teacher of German, having decided to embark on a culture study program, must not, however, make the mistake of concentrating on the past, nor of letting current political boundaries restrict his approach; rather, he will find that present-day life in all the German-speaking areas affords the most engaging material and the best means for capturing student interest. The four main areas of such a cultural study are family, language, customs, and community structure. Typical subtopics include the city and village, architectural styles, clothing (traditional and modern), folk art, music, dance and song, customs and holidays, menus, children's rhymes, and proverbs and jokes. By pursuing cultural study in this manner, the teacher will impart to his students an awareness of the German life-style and character as well as a knowledge of the language itself. Several sources for appropriate materials are included. (RS)
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Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association.
Note: Paper presented at the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association Conference, Gannon College, Erie, Pennsylvania, October 1970