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Buder, Laura J. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2018
Over the last few years, I have seen a significant impact on student learning from improving and adapting my instruction in three main areas: backward designing instruction for target proficiency levels, transitioning to standards-based grading, and implementing performance-based assessments that focus on proficiency. These strategies have not…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Proficiency
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Van Orden, Stephen – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2010
Document cameras can have great utility in second language classrooms. However, entry-level consumer document cameras start at around $350. This article describes how the author built three document cameras and offers suggestions for how teachers can successfully build their own quality document camera using a webcam for around $100.
Descriptors: Photography, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Internet
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Rarick, Damon O. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2010
This article describes how the author has successfully combined polling with more traditional instructional strategies to enhance student presentation skills in an advanced course teaching technical German. By helping students select and prepare topics, anticipate questions and engage the audience, instructors can eliminate some of the root causes…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Advanced Courses, Audience Awareness, German
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Bridges, Elizabeth – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2009
This article examines the phenomenon of graphic novels generally, and in particular, their utility in second-language contexts via the example of the graphic adaptation of Klaus Kordoris "Der erste Fruhling." This text lends itself especially to bridging thematic gaps in 20th-century German literature courses, as well as the "language/literature…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Writing Assignments, German, Second Language Instruction
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Warner, Chantelle – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2009
In this paper the author outlines a sample lesson that has been developed for second- or third-year German students using the short satirical vignette "Hurra, ich lebe in Deutschland" from the Turkish-German author Sinasi Dikmen's book of the same name. The lesson draws heavily from literary pragmatics, an area of applied linguistics which studies…
Descriptors: Applied Linguistics, German, Pragmatics, Language Usage
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Steding, Soren – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2009
There are many websites today that offer free machine translations and although beginning students of German are not always proficient enough to judge the quality of these translations or to fully understand certain translation results, they use these services nonetheless for their assignments. The problem for the educator is to distinguish…
Descriptors: Translation, Computational Linguistics, German, Web Sites
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Busch, Iris; Freimann-Cavanaugh, Corinna; Eichler, Ester – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2009
The Kinder lernen Deutsch Committee (KLD) is a standing committee of the AATG that has existed since 1987 and that was originally charged to support the advocacy of German in grades K-8. With generous funding by the Standige Arbeitsgruppe Deutsch als Fremdsprache (StADaF) from the German government and the Goethe-Institut, the Kinder lernen…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, German, Thematic Approach, Second Language Learning
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Huth, Thorsten – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2007
In the context of teaching culture, this article presents teaching materials that provide learners of German with opportunities to reflect about, analyze, and practice, how Germans commonly react to compliments. Based on findings from conversation analysis, the materials provide students with rich contextual information and a variety of…
Descriptors: Natural Language Processing, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Pragmatics
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Melin, Charlotte; Laun, Jurgen – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2007
The essay recommends the incorporation of contemporary works in third-year courses at college level based on the redesign of two courses, "Advanced Conversation and Composition" and "GermanMedia." Curricular connections across the German studies major and focus on literacy skills can be enhanced through the systematic integration of recent…
Descriptors: Literacy, German, Curriculum Development, Second Language Instruction
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Johnson, Catherine – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2007
This article describes six games that instructors of German can use with students from the first year of high school or first semester of German through the fourth year of high school or fourth semester of college German and beyond. Unlike other games in which students must wait their turn to practice their language skills, these games engage the…
Descriptors: Listening Skills, Vocabulary Skills, German, High Schools
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Lightfoot, Douglas – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2007
This article presents information about the history of the German language and makes pertinent suggestions for teaching German as a Foreign Language. The reasoning for such an approach is presented, along with supportive new empirical data and a related professional directive. A selected survey of historical, explanatory points from the literature…
Descriptors: Diachronic Linguistics, German, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Hock, Lisabeth – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2007
Recent curricular discussions have addressed the linguistic, textual, and cultural knowledge that German Studies programs aim to impart. This article proposes that we focus not only on the knowledge that students are expected to gain but also on the development of student abilities to transform information into knowledge. It will explain the…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, German, Second Language Learning, Secondary Education
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Wehage, Franz-Joseph – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2007
This report of one program and one person highlights several successful initiatives that resulted in the growth of the German Program at Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio. While the ideas reflect common best practices of many successful programs seeking to maintain their profile in today's educational environment, the energy, commitment and…
Descriptors: Program Development, German, College Second Language Programs, Second Language Learning
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Levine, Glenn S. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2006
A framework is presented for grammar instruction based on sociocultural theory and critical pedagogy. It is argued that restricting students' learning to the standard German of the monolingual, educated native speaker is both insufficient and inappropriate. It is proposed that grammar teaching and learning should support learners as developing…
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Native Speakers, Monolingualism, German
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Overstreet, Maryann; Tran, Jennie; Zietze, Sylvia – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2006
This article presents a description of some pragmatic expressions ("oder so," "und so," "oder wie") rarely found in textbooks, but common in everyday conversation. Though often treated as vague or superfluous, these expressions perform important functions in interpersonal communication. Focusing on these easily identifiable phrases can help…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Communication, Pragmatics, German, Second Language Instruction
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