ERIC Number: EJ1180825
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Berlin 2.0 in the German Language Classroom: Revisiting the 21st-Century City by Discussing Gentrification
Wiley, Patricia A.
Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, v51 n1 p15-30 Spr 2018
A short review of first- and second-year German instructional material in the U.S. shows that, by design, cultural competence is either frequently conveyed in isolation from other language skills, or culture topics are approached merely in a utilitarian way to test comprehension or practice grammar. The contribution at hand presents a multi-modal, documentary-based lesson design on gentrification in Berlin. Students are encouraged to creatively employ their language skills to asses, interpret, and respond to information conveyed in the documentary film and develop intercultural empathy for a contemporary social justice issue in Germany.
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, German, Instructional Materials, Cultural Awareness, Reading Comprehension, Grammar, Instructional Design, Language Skills, Documentaries, Empathy, Social Justice
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