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ERIC Number: EJ1101988
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0042-062X
Effect of Different Teaching Techniques on the Acquisition of Grammatical Gender by Beginning German Second Language Learners
Arzt, Jessica; Kost, Claudia
Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, v49 n1 p1-23 Spr 2016
The grammatical gender of German nouns continues to pose a challenge to second language learners. Following from a connectionist framework, this study explores the effect of two input enhancement techniques, color-coding and gendered actors, on the learning of grammatical gender by beginning learners of German during a vocabulary acquisition activity. Results on an immediate post-test show no significant differences between conditions. In the delayed post-test, however, the control group experienced a significant decrease in accurate gender assignment of the target items, while the gendered actor group displayed a non-significant loss in scores, and the color-coding group actually displayed slightly better scores compared to the immediate post-test. These results suggest that color-coding might be the most effective, while also the least work-intensive, technique for instructors to implement. Further pedagogical implications resulting from this study are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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