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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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Gonglewski, Margaret; Helm, Anna – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2013
An effective way to teach about sustainability and environmentally conscious practices in German language, literature, and culture programs is within the context of a business German course. In this article we first situate educational sustainability in the US, leading into an examination of why the context of German business can be particularly…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Sustainability, History Instruction, Cultural Education
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Koerner, Morgan – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2012
This article proposes a theatrically oriented, thematically structured course model for the upper level undergraduate German curriculum. The traditional focus on staging a single play in the German foreign language theater practicum neglects theater's potential to explore other literary genres and cultural texts and runs the danger of…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Undergraduate Students
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van Kerckvoorde, Colette – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2012
This article argues for a "D-A-CH" approach, which stands for Germany (D), Austria (A), and Switzerland (CH), in language classes from the introductory level on. I begin by tracing the emergence and development of distinct Standard Swiss and Austrian German varieties. I then discuss marketing efforts for Swiss and Austrian German, and…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Foreign Countries, German
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Seidlitz, Lisa – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2012
Culture has always been a part of foreign language learning. However, in recent years, more and more language professors advocate placing culture at the center of our classes. The question of just how to teach culture remains a topic of debate. This paper describes the reworking of a traditional German grammar and reading course into a class that…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Cultural Education
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Brubaker, Cate – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2007
Based on findings from a recent study investigating how a group of undergraduate students defined, experienced, and perceived self-identified cultural encounters during a five-week stay in Mayen, Germany, this article suggests that short-term language and culture study abroad programs are fertile venues for exploring culture learning. After…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Foreign Countries, Study Abroad, Cultural Awareness
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Abrams, Zsuzsanna I.; Byrd, David R.; Boovy, Bradley; Mohring, Anja – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2006
Teaching culture in the foreign language (L2) classroom can be a real dilemma for instructors: What culture do we teach? What does it mean to learn about a culture? How can students learn culture? In order to answer these questions, we evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of two types of culture portfolios: a traditional one that used on-line…
Descriptors: Portfolios (Background Materials), German, Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning
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Benseler, David P. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2006
The current listing presents titles of doctoral dissertations related to the teaching of German and completed in U.S. universities during the "calendar" years 2003 and 2005. The term "related to the teaching of German" refers to dissertations completed in Germanics, comparative literature, linguistics, and foreign or second language education with…
Descriptors: Doctoral Degrees, German, Doctoral Dissertations, Teaching Methods
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Schulz, Renate A.; LaLande, John, II; Dykstra-Pruim, Pennylyn; Zimmer-Loew, Helene; James, Charles J. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2005
This paper reflects the work of the AATG Task Force on the Teaching of Culture, established in 2004. It seeks to define the issues and challenges related to the teaching and development of cultural competence in the German language classroom, including the lack of professional consensus regarding appropriate definitions of culture for classroom…
Descriptors: German, Cultural Education, Cultural Awareness, Student Evaluation
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Chavez, Monika – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2005
Despite common assumptions of foreign-language culture as a tool in student recruitment and retention, students are not universally convinced of either the teachability of culture or the appropriateness of teaching culture at all levels of language instruction. This paper shows that students' definitions of foreign-language culture differ…
Descriptors: Beliefs, College Students, Student Attitudes, German
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Reichmann, Eberhard; Reichmann, Ruth M. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 1998
Describes three workshops designed for an Elderhostel program whose audience is largely Americans of German descent and the grandparents of today's students. The workshop topics include an introduction to the German-American experience and German-American studies; German American customs, beliefs, and traditions; and German-American genealogy,…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Course Organization, Cultural Education, Genealogy
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Sanders, Ruth – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 1997
A one-hour videoconference between Miami university students in a German-culture course and international communication students at a German university became a transatlantic class on culture in German-speaking Europe and the U.S. The paper explains course content, student preparation, teacher preparation, conference implementation, student…
Descriptors: College Students, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Education, Distance Education
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Lutcavage, Charles – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 1997
Outlines the development of a project which integrates HyperCard, interactive video technology, and the Internet into curricular units focusing on different aspects of Austrian Landeskunde within the German-language classroom. Explains the importance of teaching culture in foreign-language classrooms and presents strategies for incorporating this…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Education, Elementary Secondary Education
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Gartner, Angelika – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 1996
Discusses word-formation in today's German and demonstrates through the use of several examples (e.g., ad hoc composites such as "re-unification," and "blue-helmet deployment") how words can be objects of linguistic analyses and carriers of cultural information. (AP)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Cultural Education, German, Second Language Instruction
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Hoyng, Peter – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 1997
Endeavors to make students aware of similarities between today's movie culture and the theater of the 18th century; parallels between a traditional drama and a movie script; and Schiller's understanding of the sublime. (36 references) (Author/CK)
Descriptors: Cultural Education, Drama, Film Industry, Higher Education
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