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ERIC Number: EJ854580
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-0005-3503
Do Our Students Learn What We Teach Them?
Boss, Bettina; Jansen, Louise
Babel, v38 n2 p26-30, 38 Spr 2003
Teachers like to believe that students learn what they are taught. Following up on research that questions this belief, a large-scale study of the acquisition of German as a foreign language by French-speaking school students in Geneva (DiGS, or "Deutsch in Genfer Schulen," "German in Geneva schools") further explored the question with some significant new results that could benefit foreign language teaching generally. In an exemplary collaboration between researchers and teachers, the project team focused on grammar and compared what students were taught (according to the school curriculum) with what they used productively. The results of the project showed not merely major differences between teaching and learning, but also the different ways in which the learners carved their own paths. In continuing collaboration with teachers, the project team complemented its findings by developing practical proposals for curriculum change that are currently being implemented in Geneva schools. As the outcomes of the project, published in Diehl et al. (2000), are not well known outside Europe, this article endeavours to present and discuss them and thus make them available to Australian teachers of German and languages other than English in general. (Contains 1 table.)
Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations. Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia. Tel: +61-29351-2022; e-mail:; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Switzerland (Geneva)