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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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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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Heidrich, Emily; Kraemer, Angelika – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2018
As an internal expansion of the Language Proficiency Flagship Initiative at Michigan State University, 172 students of German took ACTFL proficiency tests in three modalities (speaking, listening, and reading) over the course of three years. The test scores and background survey data were analyzed to determine proficiency levels of students at the…
Descriptors: German, Case Studies, College Second Language Programs, Second Language Learning
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Chavez, Monika – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2017
This questionnaire study analyzed responses of 96 first-, second-, third-, and fourth-year students of College German to the second part of a two-part question, namely, (a) what forms of German grammar are particularly difficult, and (b) why so. Response patterns show that word order, adjective endings, the subjunctive, and the gender/number/case…
Descriptors: Questionnaires, College Students, German, Grammar
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Windham, Scott – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2017
In recent years, cultural instruction has been touted as a way to help foreign language programs boost student learning outcomes, enrollments, and many other measures of program strength. In order to investigate the relationship between cultural instruction and program strength in a university-level German program, students in first- and…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Second Language Learning, German, Program Effectiveness
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Belgum, Kirsten – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2017
This article investigates how language contests can serve as an effective element of articulation in language education. Educators and researchers have reflected on how to facilitate the progress of language learners from high school to college through shared learning outcomes across institutional divides and by developing common guidelines for…
Descriptors: Competition, German, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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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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Crane, Cori – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2016
Adopting a genre lens informed by Systemic Functional Linguistics (cf. Halliday & Matthiessen, [Halliday, M. A. K., 2004]; Martin & Rose, [Martin, J. R., 2008]), this paper explores the text-structural and lexico-grammatical choices that second language (L2) writers of German make in personal letter writing. Close analysis of two student…
Descriptors: Grammar, Second Language Learning, Writing (Composition), German
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Boovy, Bradley – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2016
The article details an "Ausflug" to a Mt. Angel, OR as a model for incorporating engaged learning into the German classroom as a way of enhancing not only students' language acquisition but also to promote social justice learning. I offer both theoretical and practical considerations, informed by scholarship on teaching culture in the…
Descriptors: German, Social Justice, Second Language Instruction, Cultural Awareness
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Wilkerson, Miranda E. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2013
This paper presents a study of factors affecting judgments of native and non-native accent in German. The data suggest that listener status (native or non-native speakers) and degree of experience with German play a role in the aspects of speech which raters cite as salient. Interestingly, the same descriptive terms used by raters were shown to…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Learning, Native Speakers, Pronunciation
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Schallie, Charlotte; Thorson, Helga – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2012
In this article we present an integrated curricular model for addressing the transition from the intermediate to the advanced language level through peer-assisted learning activities in the post-secondary German classroom. In a series of group projects between students in second- and third-year conversation courses, we employed a learner-centered…
Descriptors: Peer Teaching, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, German
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Chavez, Monika – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2011
This study of 134 college-level learners of German, enrolled in four years of instruction, showed them to "essentialize" German grammar when asked to describe it to a hypothetical friend. Kubota defined the term essentialization to capture learners' views of the target culture. Its main characteristic is the presupposition of "essential, stable,…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, German, College Students, Second Language Learning
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O'Brien, Traci S. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2009
While much attention has been paid to the gap between beginning language instruction and literature courses, there is another gap which presents significant challenges to college instructors, namely the gap in proficiency levels between students in the same third-year course. This article argues that bridging this particular gap can productively…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Literature, Language Proficiency
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Ducate, Lara – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2009
This article describes a four-week service learning abroad program. Students from a U.S. university assist and teach in elementary school English classes for one month in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany while living with their German partner teachers. The program description and students' feedback illustrate that this program provides students with the…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Service Learning, Program Descriptions, Foreign Countries
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Hock, Lisabeth – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2007
Recent curricular discussions have addressed the linguistic, textual, and cultural knowledge that German Studies programs aim to impart. This article proposes that we focus not only on the knowledge that students are expected to gain but also on the development of student abilities to transform information into knowledge. It will explain the…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, German, Second Language Learning, Secondary Education
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