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Classen, Albrecht – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2018
Recent debates about the future of academia have focused primarily on teaching the STEM subjects. This is certainly a valuable call for action, but it also threatens to ignore the significant contributions of the humanities and other fields. This article presents a workable alternative by way of looking at more technical writings by 18th-century…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Second Language Instruction, German, German Literature
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DiBiase-Lubrano, Mary Jo – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2018
Language testing is an integral part of teaching and learning, yet most language faculty do not receive adequate training for developing tests (Taylor, [Taylor, L., 2009]). Most have advanced degrees in literary and cultural studies in the target language but often have insufficient training in pedagogy and assessment. This shortcoming is alarming…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Tests
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Schmerbeck, Nicola; Lucht, Felecia – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2017
Actively engaged in online media, learners today are surrounded by texts overtly and covertly transmitted by visual images, sound effects, and voices as well as the written word. Language learning portfolios can engage students in the literacy-oriented learning processes of interpretation, collaboration, and problem solving as outlined by Kern…
Descriptors: Photography, Portfolios (Background Materials), Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods
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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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Steckenbiller, Christiane – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2016
The advent of new and social media, and Twitter in particular, has not only revolutionized how we communicate with each other, but also how we learn and teach. Twitter is increasingly incorporated across the disciplines as a tool to engage with content. In the foreign-language classroom, for instance, Twitter has been used to facilitate language…
Descriptors: Social Media, Telecommunications, Teaching Methods, Educational Technology
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Koerner, Morgan – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2016
This article explores the potential of Brecht's theater praxis for teaching millennial students to question dramatic narratives and rethink their own spectatorial positions, especially in regards to mainstream cinema that emphasizes character identification and plot. The article reflects on a five-day teaching unit on Brecht's theater in a senior…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Instruction, Praxis, Aesthetics
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Howards, Alyssa – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2014
"Die Zauberflöte" is simultaneously one of Mozart's most accessible and most complex operas. Yet while this duality makes it a potentially valuable cultural artifact for the language classroom, students' unfamiliarity with both its operatic genre and Enlightenment context can pose a challenge to teachers. This article functions…
Descriptors: Opera, Classical Music, Sex, Race
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Prager, Debra N.; Kramer, Daniel J. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2014
Extracurricular events in foreign language programs are often treated either as extra credit or an afterthought. And yet if organized creatively and systematically, activities that promote cultural engagement outside the classroom can enhance and extend the curriculum, deepen exposure to the target culture, create a sense of community among…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Extracurricular Activities
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Hellebrandt, Josef – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2014
German university programs can increase enrollments and diversify their curricula through academic community partnerships with surrounding schools. This article informs about two community-supported initiatives between the German Studies Program at Santa Clara University and the South Bay Deutscher Schulverein, a Saturday Morning School in…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Honors Curriculum
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Melin, Charlotte – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2013
This article describes a newly designed upper division German language course, "Contemporary Germany: Food, Energy Politics," and two sampling methods of assessment for measuring parallel gains in German skills and sustainable development (SD) thinking. Second Language Acquisition (SLA) informed course design, key assignments, and…
Descriptors: German, Program Descriptions, Curriculum Design, Sustainable Development
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Berg, Bartell M. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2013
This article addresses a dual desire for teaching units that (1) incorporate green issues into the language curriculum, (2) fulfill the need for comparative cultural studies in the language classroom, and (3) incorporate the ACTFL "Standards for Foreign Language Learning." Included are a review of recent approaches to teaching culture in…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Standards
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Shaver, Annis N. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2012
Many students enroll in language classes with the instrumentally motivated goal of satisfying a requirement. This article argues that instructors can influence students' motivation toward more integrative motivation by helping them make connections with the language community. The "Language Partner" program established for a small German…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, German, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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Kahnke, Corinna; Stehle, Maria – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2011
In North American universities, pop culture increasingly appears in the German Studies classroom to "spice up" the curriculum. But what is conveyed and taught and how is it inserted into the curriculum and into the US cultural context? This article explores three examples of popular culture in the German Studies classroom:…
Descriptors: Universities, Popular Culture, Foreign Countries, Cultural Context
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Sundquist, John – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2010
This article focuses on the benefits of using short film in the German classroom at the secondary or post-secondary level. The article addresses a number of characteristics of short films that lend themselves well to the classroom, including their abbreviated length, artistic innovation, and compact storytelling. In addition to discussing specific…
Descriptors: German, Foreign Language Films, Second Language Instruction, Secondary Education
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Ilett, Darren – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2009
This article combines quantitative and qualitative analysis of the depiction of ethnic and racial diversity in recent editions of secondary and postsecondary German textbooks published in the US. The purpose is threefold: (1) to determine the frequency and types of representations of diversity; (2) to examine more closely several representative…
Descriptors: Multicultural Education, Textbooks, German, Secondary Education
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