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Schulz, Renate A.; LaLande, John, II; Dykstra-Pruim, Pennylyn; Zimmer-Loew, Helene; James, Charles J. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2005
This paper reflects the work of the AATG Task Force on the Teaching of Culture, established in 2004. It seeks to define the issues and challenges related to the teaching and development of cultural competence in the German language classroom, including the lack of professional consensus regarding appropriate definitions of culture for classroom…
Descriptors: German, Cultural Education, Cultural Awareness, Student Evaluation
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Dykstra-Pruim, Pennylyn – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2003
Investigates the following questions: 1) Is there improvement in second language (L2) German learners' understanding of German pluralization as the level of German study advances; and 2) What second language acquisition tendencies can be observed in L2 German production of plurals? ( (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: German, Morphology (Languages), Nouns, Plurals
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Dykstra-Pruim, Pennylyn – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 1997
Although many foreign language instructors assess oral skills in their program, many hesitate to incorporate multiple oral evaluations because of the perceived disadvantages of time-cost and added stress. This article underscores the significant advantages of oral assessments and encourages instructors toward that goal by presenting five types of…
Descriptors: College Students, Communicative Competence (Languages), Evaluation Methods, German
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Dykstra-Pruim, Pennylyn – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 1998
Argues for inclusion of more written input in first-year programs, and describes an experimental reading collection of children's books accompanied by guided tasks. The description includes results of a post-year survey that explored student perceptions of the cultural and linguistic benefits of working with children's books in a reading lab.…
Descriptors: Beginning Reading, Childrens Literature, Cultural Awareness, Educational Benefits