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Wiley, Patricia A. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2018
A short review of first- and second-year German instructional material in the U.S. shows that, by design, cultural competence is either frequently conveyed in isolation from other language skills, or culture topics are approached merely in a utilitarian way to test comprehension or practice grammar. The contribution at hand presents a multi-modal,…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, German, Instructional Materials
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Rubin-McGregor, Jordan; Rubin, Beth – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2018
This article addresses how to include instruction about the Holocaust (Shoah) in intermediate German world language classes in the United States. Scholarly inquiry into teaching of the Shoah has produced pedagogical frameworks, and Lindquist's (2008) guidelines are recommended along with additional instructional resources and suggestions. The…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Second Language Instruction, European History, Jews
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Schicker, Juliane – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2018
Language instructors are grappling with the question of how to teach writing effectively in upper-level undergraduate world language classes. At that point, students still have to master aspects of grammar; they often work on general writing skills in their native language and hope to improve their skills to effectively bring forth arguments in…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Second Language Learning, German, Writing Instruction
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Howards, Alyssa; Rinner, Susanne; Gulewich, Beth – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2018
An annual German Day event can be a powerful tool to motivate students, increase visibility of state and local German programs, and, ultimately, boost enrollments. However, it can also be a daunting undertaking that is often orchestrated by a single person. This article offers a user guide that can help others plan their own German Day, be it a…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, German, Ceremonies
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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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Tschirner, Erwin – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2018
Concepts of second language proficiency and how proficiency may be assessed have changed considerably over the last 20 years. New notions of validity with respect to the interpretation and uses of test scores have begun to shape discussions about test validity and quality assurance in college world language departments, in government, and in…
Descriptors: Language Tests, Testing, Test Theory, German
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Cunningham, D. Joseph; Pfeiffer, Peter C.; Ryshina-Pankova, Marianna – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2018
The article reports on a project to assess what kind of complex humanities learning occurs in students in the first two years of a German curriculum. It characterizes a possible way to conceptualize humanities learning and how to find ways to collect reliable data that form the basis of an analysis and feed back into curricular and pedagogical…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, German, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Redmann, Jennifer; Sederberg, Kathryn – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2017
This article offers approaches to the topic of the First World War at the intermediate and advanced levels of the German curriculum through thematically diverse WWI-era cultural texts. By situating the texts within a multiliteracies framework, the authors demonstrate how this historical and literary content can provide authentic material for…
Descriptors: War, World History, European History, Multiple Literacies
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Euler, Sasha S. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2017
This article presents a detailed methodological outline for teaching culture through project work. It is argued that because project work makes it possible to gain transferrable and applicable knowledge and insight, it is the ideal tool for teaching culture with the aim of achieving real intercultural communicative competence (ICC). Preceding the…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, German, Cultural Education, Active Learning
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Baumgartner, Karin – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2017
The article explores the benefits of extensive reading in the beginning German language classroom. Employing a simplified version of Johanna Spyri's novel "Heidi," the article brings together research on extensive reading and cultural literacy in a unit dedicated to the incorporation of Switzerland into the German language curriculum.…
Descriptors: German, Cultural Literacy, Novels, Introductory Courses
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Guenther, Christina – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2017
This article explores how drama pedagogy in the foreign language classroom serves as a unique avenue for approaching the global issue of migration in the context of German-speaking Europe. The article focuses on how staging a contemporary play about migration, such as Roland Schimmelpfennig's "Der goldene Drache" (2009), in German for an…
Descriptors: English, Native Speakers, German, Second Language Learning
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Ludewig, Julia – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2017
This article discusses the potential and challenges of teaching a second-semester German class with Simon Schwartz's graphic novel "drüben!" (2009) alongside a traditional textbook. While the class explored linguistic, literary, and cultural-historical aspects of "drüben!," a GDR-themed family memoir, the focus here is on those…
Descriptors: Cartoons, Novels, German, Teaching Methods
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Brubaker, Cate – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2017
While participation in study abroad continues to increase, and both pre-departure and in-country support and interventions have become more robust, the re-entry experience after a program ends still typically takes a back seat to other priorities. Consequently, most students are left to navigate the re-entry transition on their own. This article…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, German
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Neville, David O. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2016
The essay forwards suggestions for developing a blended learning environment to insert genre-based language for specific purposes (LSP) subject matter into the undergraduate second language development curriculum. Specifically, the essay will highlight: (1) the development of an overarching narrative for structuring the LSP subject matter; (2) the…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Languages for Special Purposes
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Lightfoot, Douglas – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2016
This work discusses the importance of spoken German in classroom instruction. The paper examines the nature of natural spoken language as opposed to written language. We find a general consensus that the prevailing language measure (whether pertaining to written or spoken language) in instructional settings more often typifies the rules associated…
Descriptors: Oral Language, German, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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