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McConeghy, Patrick M. – Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 1990
Argues for a comprehensive approach toward teaching German as a second language in response to students' needs to acquire a global perspective. Rather than stressing only syntax, grammar, and vocabulary, German language education should also attempt to teach sensitivity to, knowledge of, and insight into German culture. (JL)
Descriptors: Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Awareness, German, Global Approach
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Henderson, Ingeborg – Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 1990
Suggests that the declining enrollment in German courses in the southern and western United States illustrates the need to promote German language education. Teaching assistants should be trained in public relations methods; a model is provided for including such training in existing methods courses. (25 references) (JL)
Descriptors: Declining Enrollment, German, Higher Education, Methods Courses
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Schmidt, Georg – Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 1990
Argues for a progressive method of teaching German attributive adjective endings based on textbook analyses, other techniques, and tasks involved in processing these endings. The progressive method first presents the weak endings and introduces their cases, then presents strong endings as a special form of the der- words. (Author/JL)
Descriptors: Adjectives, German, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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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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Wildner-Bassett, Mary E. – Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 1990
Describes the use of German television commercials in classrooms to break down cultural and social barriers between beginning German students and the culture of German-speaking peoples. Commercials, as a common cultural element, can be used to bring students through the early stages of studying a new culture. (JL)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Culture Contact, German, Introductory Courses
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Lalande, John F. II – Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 1990
Reports on a descriptive study of German education at several Illinois high schools. Data collected through interviews, questionnaires, and the videotaping of classroom instruction are presented and analyzed. The implications of the data are discussed with regard to teaching German grammar, students attitudes toward learning grammar, and the use…
Descriptors: German, Grammar, High Schools, Measures (Individuals)
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Garcia, Paul A. – Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 1990
Describes the Mount Washington German Magnet School in Kansas City, Missouri, a planned elementary (K-3) school that will provide students with the opportunity to participate in a German-English bilingual program. Parents choose either a total immersion or partial immersion program for students in this public, integrated school. (JL)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Bilingual Schools, German, Immersion Programs
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Kempf, Franz R. – Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 1990
Suggests the following methods for improving university-level German language education curricula: reduce skill-development time through immersion programs, adopt Zertifikat Deutsch als Fremdsprache as the proficiency standard for advanced students, and include literature from a variety of liberal arts disciplines in the reading materials for…
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, German, Higher Education, Immersion Programs