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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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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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Sheffer, Amanda – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2017
This article seeks to answer calls in the field to implement German for Specific Purposes in the basic language sequence. The article follows a program's curricular redesign transitioning from "German" to a "German Studies" major and what this means at the beginning and intermediate levels. The first four semesters follow a…
Descriptors: Languages for Special Purposes, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, German
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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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Meindl, Joerg – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2016
The German classroom should prepare students for the linguistic diversity of the target culture, including regional varieties and German spoken outside of the D-A-CH region. Because textbooks do not often include materials on regional varieties, this article presents a model to incorporate Pennsylvania German (PG) into the curriculum. The model…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Variation
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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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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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Sederberg, Kathryn – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2013
Through the example of a fourth-semester course on modern German history, this article explores the application of interactive and experiential learning models inspired by museum pedagogy. In response to the ACTFL "Standards" and the 2007 MLA report, the teaching of culture has become a priority and educators continue to seek innovative…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Museums, Teaching Methods
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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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Ryshina-Pankova, Marianna – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2013
This article reports on the ways of incorporating paintings, posters, and film into an advanced German content- and language-integrated course called "Green Germany." It demonstrates how these visual media can be employed for enriching the exploration of various aspects of the course's environmental themes. In line with the research on…
Descriptors: Films, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Foreign Countries
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Knapp, Thyra E. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2012
This article examines the importance of visual culture with regard to its pedagogical applications in the German language classroom. I begin by outlining the benefits and concerns associated with making visual art a part of the curriculum. Next, practical ideas are presented for using paintings in beginning, intermediate, and advanced courses.…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Art Education, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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Kramsch, Claire; Gerhards, Sascha – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2012
In her recently published book "The Multilingual Subject: What foreign language learners say about their experience and why it matters", UC Berkeley applied-linguist Claire Kramsch approaches language learning from a new, visionary perspective. Foregrounding the interplay of cultural aspects in language learning, Kramsch understands…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Interviews
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Parkes, Lisa – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2012
This article focuses on approaches to teaching dramatic comedy in an upper-level undergraduate course. In particular, it outlines how the genre of comedy permits a special focus on Austria, where the rich tradition of comedy holds a prominent place in German-speaking Europe. I argue that dramatic comedy grants language learners a unique…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, German, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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