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ERIC Number: EJ1013629
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1756-1221
CH Stands for Cheese, Right? A Swiss Culture Class and the National Standards
Seidlitz, Lisa
Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, v45 n2 p127-135 Fall 2012
Culture has always been a part of foreign language learning. However, in recent years, more and more language professors advocate placing culture at the center of our classes. The question of just how to teach culture remains a topic of debate. This paper describes the reworking of a traditional German grammar and reading course into a class that integrates grammar, literature, non-fiction texts, and cultural presentations in order to teach students explicitly about Swiss cultural products and practices. The effectiveness of the reworked course is assessed through pre- and post-tests of factual knowledge of and attitudes toward Switzerland. The redesigned class serves as a model for incorporation of the ACTFL National Standards into an advanced German language course. (Contains 1 table and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois; Switzerland
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