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ERIC Number: EJ1013736
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1756-1221
Adopting a Pluricentric Approach
van Kerckvoorde, Colette
Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, v45 n2 p176-184 Fall 2012
This article argues for a "D-A-CH" approach, which stands for Germany (D), Austria (A), and Switzerland (CH), in language classes from the introductory level on. I begin by tracing the emergence and development of distinct Standard Swiss and Austrian German varieties. I then discuss marketing efforts for Swiss and Austrian German, and finally address the need for an approach that is not limited to Germany, but one that includes Swiss and Austrian German language and culture. In order to deepen instructors' understanding of Swiss and Austrian varieties of German, I close with some suggestions for further reading and for designing instruction. (Contains 4 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Austria; Germany; Switzerland
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