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Chavez, Monika – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2017
This questionnaire study analyzed responses of 96 first-, second-, third-, and fourth-year students of College German to the second part of a two-part question, namely, (a) what forms of German grammar are particularly difficult, and (b) why so. Response patterns show that word order, adjective endings, the subjunctive, and the gender/number/case…
Descriptors: Questionnaires, College Students, German, Grammar
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Chavez, Monika – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2013
This study explores the ways first-, second-, and third-year college students ("n" = 352) perceived their likely attainment of 19 morpho-syntactic, phonological, pragmatic, and lexical features of German. Analyses further differentiated perceptions by the learner variables of year of enrollment, gender, achievement, motivation for…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Learning, Morphology (Languages), Syntax
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Chavez, Monika – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2011
This study of 134 college-level learners of German, enrolled in four years of instruction, showed them to "essentialize" German grammar when asked to describe it to a hypothetical friend. Kubota defined the term essentialization to capture learners' views of the target culture. Its main characteristic is the presupposition of "essential, stable,…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, German, College Students, Second Language Learning
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Chavez, Monika – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2009
Following a folk linguistic approach, this investigation of first-, second- and fourth-year learners' accounts of German found that (1) few had held pre-conceived notions about German prior to language study; (2) most pre-conceived notions concerned German pronunciation; (3) pre-conceived notions about vocabulary were most likely to influence the…
Descriptors: Contrastive Linguistics, Romance Languages, German, Majors (Students)
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Chavez, Monika – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2005
Despite common assumptions of foreign-language culture as a tool in student recruitment and retention, students are not universally convinced of either the teachability of culture or the appropriateness of teaching culture at all levels of language instruction. This paper shows that students' definitions of foreign-language culture differ…
Descriptors: Beliefs, College Students, Student Attitudes, German
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Chavez, Monika – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2002
Definitions of culture of 212 first-, second-, and third-year German students are presented and discussed. Results sow that--in terms of the national standards--students overall prefer practices and perspectives over products. Students views on the teachability of culture and its appropriate place in the foreign language classroom are explored.…
Descriptors: College Students, Cultural Awareness, German, Higher Education
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Chavez, Monika – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2000
Reports on a study of end-of-semester course evaluations conducted at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. A questionnaire, consisting of open-ended and closed portions, explored students baseline profiles of good teaching assistants and good second-year German courses; the intent of the students completing the evaluations; external factors;…
Descriptors: College Students, Course Evaluation, German, Higher Education
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Chavez, Monika – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 1995
Examines how the demographic values of foreign travel, previous foreign-language learning, major field of study, and other factors affect students' beliefs about the study of German. The article focuses on student-perceived improvement in the four skills and cultural knowledge, student motivation, and the expected contributions of teachers and…
Descriptors: College Students, Cultural Awareness, Demography, Foreign Countries