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Frackman, Kyle – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 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…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Advanced Courses
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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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Hasty, Will – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2006
Based on practical experience in a new online beginning German course sequence, the author of this essay argues that contemporary cultural developments associated with the emergence of new technologies, particularly computer-assisted language learning, provide new opportunities to theorize German Studies curricula from the beginning level onward.…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Curriculum Design, German, Computer Assisted Instruction
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Moffit, Gisela – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2003
Suggests that authentic illustrated children's books are ideal vehicles for German as a foreign language students not only for language acquisition and grammar practice but also for studying aspects of "landeskunde." Describes how picture books can be used in the German classroom for studying social and cultural issues. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Cultural Awareness, German, Second Language Instruction
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Martin, Bernhard; Stoessel, Saskia; Frey, Marion; Armen, Jere; Bach, Judith; Kimball, Oliver; Scott, Karel; Sheehan, Jennifer – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2003
Describes an German in the elementary school program in Somerville, Massachusetts that is an example of university-school cooperation. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Elementary Education, FLES, German
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Studer, Therese – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2002
Discusses perspectives on the teaching of German grammar, with insight from the Genfer-DiGS research project. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, German, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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van Handle, Donna – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2002
Describes a new reading and writing intensive course developed for college level intermediate German. Discusses reasons for developing such a course, its theoretical underpinnings, course content, teaching methodology, and assessment mechanisms. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: German, Higher Education, Intensive Language Courses, Reading Instruction
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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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Hamilton, Elizabeth C. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2002
Examines the debate over the text or media that best enable second-year learners of German to increase their active vocabulary. Suggests the novel "Der Richter und sein Henker" can be enriched by the film adaptation. Classroom tested activities incorporate care fully-sequenced visuals and culminate in analysis of both the book and the film. Sample…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Films, German, Grammar
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Kunz, Jay – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2002
Examines ways that word search puzzles can be created and modified for use in the foreign language classroom. Examples show how word search puzzles can focus on a wide variety of vocabulary, grammar topics, and skills. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: German, Grammar, Puzzles, Second Language Instruction
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High, Jeffrey L.; Hoyer, Jennifer M.; Wakefield, Ray – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2002
Describes a curriculum for teaching writing with computers. The approach is process-oriented and employs low-end technology, requiring only computers equipped with word processing programs, and follows an assignment structure that can be executed by high schools or universities. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Editing, German, High Schools
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Rings, Lana – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2002
Highlights the use of novice-level books produced from or for the Internet in the beginning level German as a foreign language classroom. Such books can be used for pleasure reading, for learning content, and for the development of vocabulary. Techniques for such use are provided. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Books, German, Instructional Materials, Internet
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Belz, Julie A.; Muller-Hartmann, Andreas – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2002
Discusses institutional constraints in the foreign language and intercultural learning process within the framework of an online collaboration project between a German and a U.S. university. Shows the benefits and constraints of such a collaboration and provides suggestions for the improvement of similar international computer-supported learning…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Cooperation, Cultural Awareness, Educational Benefits
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Liontas, John I. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2002
Presents ZOOMANIA, the see-hear-and-do approach to foreign language teaching and learning. Suggests ways for sequencing and tailoring advanced-level characteristics to lower-level learners, details the four hierarchical phases of the approach with clear examples and suggestions, provides recommendations for expanding its use, and includes helpful…
Descriptors: Animals, German, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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Einbeck, Kandace – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2002
Describes a literature course designed for students studying abroad, aimed at improving their chances of becoming "culturally fluent" during their stay abroad. Using writings by German and Austrian authors on dealing with cultures other than their own, provides an ongoing orientation and help to develop cultural sensitivities. (AS)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, German, Literature, Second Language Instruction
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