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Taleghani-Nikazm, Carmen; Golato, Andrea – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2016
In line with the other contributions to this issue on teaching pragmatics, this paper provides teachers of German with a two-day lesson plan for integrating authentic spoken language and its associated cultural background into their teaching. Specifically, the paper discusses how "jaja" and its phonetic variants are systematically used…
Descriptors: German, Oral Language, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Schmidt, Johannes – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2003
Provides background information on German rap artists and bands and discusses how to implement the music in various classroom situations at all levels. Highlights some of the available material on German rap music and provides information on how to locate rap texts, information, and other material via the Internet and other sources. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: German, Internet, Music, Second Language Instruction
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Terborg, Roland – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 1996
Despite the interest that second-language students show for learning a foreign language, many of them do not possess the motivation to conclude successfully their course of foreign language study. In the search of an explanation for this apparent contradiction, the concepts of "interest" and "motivation" must be re-defined. (AP)
Descriptors: Classification, German, Learning Motivation, Second Language Instruction
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Eichhoff, Jurgen; Frank-Cyrus, Karin M. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 1999
Discusses new rules on German orthography that went into effect in 1998. Only a few areas of German spelling and punctuation are affected, but some of the rules will result in spelling changes in German textbooks and German words that are taught in basic and advanced courses. Provides background information and a summary of the changes.…
Descriptors: German, Orthographic Symbols, Punctuation, Second Language Instruction
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Fagan, Sarah M. B. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 1991
Presents basic rules governing the use of German predicates that are interpreted as but not synonymous with "be" or "put" in English, focusing on the verbs' special characteristics and correct usage in authentic German sentences. (12 references) (Author/CB)
Descriptors: Distinctive Features (Language), English, German, Language Patterns
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Lovik, Thomas A. – Die Unterrichtspraxis: Teaching German, 1990
Investigation of data regarding the use of "so'n" in authentic German speech situations suggests that speakers used the form as a hedging expression indicating uncertainty or discomfort, enabling them to indicate their attitudes about various aspects of the speech situation. (21 references) (Author/CB)
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Distinctive Features (Language), German, Language Patterns
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Hoeing, Robert G. – Die Unterrichtspraxis: Teaching German, 1990
Argues that the traditional method for learning German verbs by their infinitives is a more practical and communicative approach to German language instruction than a recent pedagogically harmful suggestion that verbs be introduced by their stems. (Author/CB)
Descriptors: German, Instructional Effectiveness, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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Hook, Donald D.; Kahn, Lothar – Die Unterrichtspraxis: Teaching German, 1990
German textbooks have grown too large and too diverse in emphasis, inhibiting the promotion and maintenance of German beyond the first college semester of language study and destroying author and publisher initiative to produce books for any level higher than the elementary level. (Author/CB)
Descriptors: College Students, German, Higher Education, Instructional Materials
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Symington, Rodney – Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 1990
Reviews the terminological, methodological, and pedagogical confusion present in the German textbooks of the past 15 years, and proposes an improved terminology for teaching 4 basic grammatical components: strong verbs, mixed verbs, declensions, and the subjunctive. The new terminology is based on the principle of rational simplicity. (21…
Descriptors: Content Analysis, German, Grammar, Second Language Instruction
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Benseler, David P. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 1998
Updates 14 previous compilations published in this journal. The current listing contains references to 119 dissertations in German language or literature, comparative literature, linguistics, and foreign- or second-language education with applicability to learning and teaching German. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Doctoral Dissertations, German, German Literature, Linguistics
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Prokop, Manfred – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 1996
As in other countries, German Studies in Canada is facing an existential crisis. Because of the changes in this discipline, one must seriously think in Canada as well about how it can and should go forward. Discusses aspects of the "German Studies Program," which offers an alternative and which has been introduced in the last four years…
Descriptors: College Second Language Programs, Cultural Awareness, Educational Change, Foreign Countries
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Froehlich, Jurgen – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 1996
"Deutsche Welle" broadcasts German television programs, which are becoming increasingly popular in the United States. Available around the clock every day of the year, these programs offer new and interesting opportunities to make German instruction lively and attractive. This report is concerned with practical considerations and is…
Descriptors: Broadcast Television, Classroom Techniques, German, Higher Education
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Larkin, Edward T. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 1991
Presents information on how and what is taught in courses on the "Age of Goethe." Two appendices are presented that list the institutions responding to a questionnaire concerning the teaching of this course and the less familiar texts of the period that are treated by some instructors. (GLR)
Descriptors: Course Content, German, German Literature, Higher Education
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Webber, Mark J. – Die Unterrichtspraxis: Teaching German, 1990
An exploration of intercultural stereotypes about Germany and Germans and their impact on language instruction argues that refusing to acknowledge the existence of stereotypes does not effectively counter them, but recognizing the nature of and content of stereotypes will encourage the critical thinking necessary to reject them. (Author/CB)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Critical Thinking, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Education
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Davidheiser, James C. – Die Unterrichtspraxis: Teaching German, 1990
Information is provided for German teachers on the main aspects of the European Community (EC), and on how to integrate the EC into the classroom. The history of the EC is outlined, and political and economic features are highlighted. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Foreign Countries, German, Language Teachers