ERIC Number: ED238261
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Focus on the Verb: Practical Suggestions for a German Conversation Class.
Hatch, Elke J.
The use of discussion about students' vacations on the first day of a third-year college level conversational German class is analyzed. The discussion imitates a common conversational situation. Many students at this level tend to fall into use of the present tense, attempting few other tenses at first, and research shows that Germans consider correct verb form and placement very important in main clauses. The technique used here to elicit and practice the present and present perfect tenses in a conversational situation is to ask questions concerning present or future time requiring an answer in the present tense, and concerning past time and requiring an answer in the present perfect tense. Students are required to reduce their complex ideas to simple forms and gain early fluency at this level. Examples are given of the use of this method in guided conversations in the classroom, and it is suggested that students both enjoy and profit from this group practice. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference for Foreign Language Teachers (7th, Youngstown, OH, October 29, 1983).