ERIC Number: ED259577
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
A Comprehensive Declension Table for Compositions in German.
OMLTA Journal, p54-57 1985
The earlier composition is introduced in language instruction, the sooner students see it as a means for self-expression. However, beginning students have not learned enough grammar to produce intelligible compositions and intermediate students frequently have difficulty in synthesizing what they have learned. Thus the teacher must try to correct multiform errors without confusing or discouraging enthusiastic authors. In German, a prevalent stumbling block is the integration of the noun and its modifiers. This problem can be reduced by using a reference consolidating independent grammatical elements so they are visible at a glance, a comprehensive table declining definite articles, indefinite articles, attributive adjectives, nouns, "der"-words, "ein"-words, and prepositions. For intermediate students, its usefulness can be enhanced by having students prepare their own. Students of elementary German can be similarly guided in preparing their own tables even though they are not familiar with all of the content. Adherence to the table reduces the variety of errors students are likely to make in grammar, and corrections can be correlated with specific points on the table, making them more easily understood. The table is also useful for teachers in correcting compositions. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reference Materials - Vocabularies/Classifications; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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Note: For related documents, see FL 015 131-138.