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ERIC Number: EJ946391
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 59
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0042-062X
Something Old, Something New: Integrating Canonical Works in a German Studies Curriculum
Frackman, Kyle
Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, v44 n2 p124-132 Fall 2011
This essay focuses on advanced-level German instruction and advocates an open, flexible approach to integrating the recommendations of the much-discussed 2007 MLA report on "Foreign Languages and Higher Education." Specifically, language, literature, film, and cultural studies are combined to allow for the development of transcultural competence at the advanced level, while also fostering advanced capacities in German. Informing the discussion is an examination of changing demands on German Studies curricula and their inclusion or exclusion of canonical material. Bringing together a wide range of cultural products facilitates students' consideration of cultural/historical contexts, relationships and similarities and differences among characters, and connections to the students' own experiences. Student goal-setting, assessment, and evaluation help to direct the trajectory of the advanced course, avoiding the common problem of underdefined or undertheorized pedagogies past the intermediate level.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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