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ERIC Number: ED225354
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Dec
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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Culture and Language Maintenance through the Kaffeekranzchen.
Kahn, Lisa
The use of informal group settings such as kaffeekranzchen for the maintenance of German language and culture among adult speakers is reported. Regular bimonthly kaffeekranzchen were held by a native German speaker at the suggestion of several German-Texan women, ranging in age from 40 to 79, who were interested in polishing and maintaining their German language skills. The nine rural participants spoke a slightly antiquated but comprehensible form of German. The meetings were unstructured but required that German be used for all conversation. Following an informal beginning, more structured activities such as discussion of old books and letters, holidays, and songs have been introduced. Similar groups have been organized in other Texas cities. Suggestions are made for organizing such groups and for attracting younger German American participants. Universities can expand their adult enrollment by fulfilling the need for informal language maintenance programs among ethnic Americans. (RW)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas