ERIC Number: EJ1029504
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
The "Kulturpass": Strategies for Enhancing Cultural Engagement outside the German-Language Classroom
Prager, Debra N.; Kramer, Daniel J.
Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, v47 n1 p42-48 Spr 2014
Extracurricular events in foreign language programs are often treated either as extra credit or an afterthought. And yet if organized creatively and systematically, activities that promote cultural engagement outside the classroom can enhance and extend the curriculum, deepen exposure to the target culture, create a sense of community among students, and raise the department's profile on campus. This article argues that extracurricular activities can and should be an important corollary to the foreign language curriculum, and offers a specific strategy for creating a successful activities program--the Kulturevent series and the Kulturpass. The paper outlines the impetus behind the Kulturpass, how it works, what results we have seen since implementing it in fall 2010, and why we believe it has been so successful.
Descriptors: German, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Extracurricular Activities, Profiles, Departments, Cultural Activities, Cultural Awareness
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