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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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Ducate, Lara – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2016
Due to the connection between Germany and sustainability studies, German Programs are well poised to offer a course on German history, culture, and sustainability to meet the needs of the next generation of students. Interdisciplinary humanities courses that incorporate critical thinking, problem solving, and collaborative learning will help to…
Descriptors: Sustainability, Interdisciplinary Approach, Foreign Countries, Critical Thinking
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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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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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Jackson, Carrie N.; O'Brien, Mary Grantham – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2011
Research has shown that English and German native speakers use prosodic cues during speech production to convey the intended meaning of an utterance. However, little is known about whether American L2 learners of German also use such cues during L2 production. The present study shows that inter-mediate-level L2 learners of German (English L1) use…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Sentences, Cues, Speech
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Chavez, Monika – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2009
Following a folk linguistic approach, this investigation of first-, second- and fourth-year learners' accounts of German found that (1) few had held pre-conceived notions about German prior to language study; (2) most pre-conceived notions concerned German pronunciation; (3) pre-conceived notions about vocabulary were most likely to influence the…
Descriptors: Contrastive Linguistics, Romance Languages, German, Majors (Students)
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Wolf, Gregory H. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2007
This article discusses a short-term study abroad program conducted in Berlin in English for college students. Guided by the academic goals of developing cultural competence, demonstrating cultural communication, and attaining a basic level of cultural literacy, this program, with its pre- and post-program academic components, offers an alternative…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Cultural Literacy, Foreign Countries, Program Descriptions
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Ritterbusch, Rachel; LaFond, Larry; Agustin, Marcus – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2006
This article examines the problems that many beginning L2 learners encounter when dealing with the German case system. It isolates three elements that make case usage challenging: understanding the concept of case itself, identifying grammatical gender, and selecting the correct case marker from a set of overlapping forms. Data from an action…
Descriptors: Grammar, Action Research, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Dollenmayer, David; Even, Susanne – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2005
For our third semester of German, the bilingual novel "Mensch, be careful!" was the primary reading. Narrated alternately in German and English, this young adult "Krimi" enabled an authentic, substantial, and enjoyable reading experience. Guessing meaning from context was easier than in a monolinguistic text. Students' language learning awareness…
Descriptors: Novels, Multilingual Materials, German, English
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Fagan, Sarah M.B. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2004
The correct use of German "bringen" and "nehmen" can pose problems for native speakers of English learning German. Students often use "nehmen" to express meanings rendered by English "take," which can result in sentences that are ungrammatical. This paper investigates the basic verbs of conveyance in German and English--"bringen," "nehmen,"…
Descriptors: Grammar, Verbs, German, Native Speakers
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Barbe, Katharina – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2004
There is no question that English, and especially American English, enjoys high prestige among German speakers. This popularity resulted in a growing importation of English loans into German. The influence is decidedly asymmetrical. In this article, the author discusses the English language's influence on German, covering: (1) a brief history of…
Descriptors: German, North American English, English, Linguistic Borrowing
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Bohm, Arnd – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2003
Fixed prepositional phrases of the type in this way and on the other hand are used in written and spoken English to connect sentences into larger units (text, dialogues). German prefers simple adverbials like so. Appended is a check-list of the most common such phrases in English and possible German equivalents.
Descriptors: Sentences, German, English, Phrase Structure
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Bohm, Arnd – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2000
Critiques the standard explanation of German equivalents for "when" presented in textbooks (wann, wenn, als). Analysis of the English-language evidence indicates that "when" is frequently a relative pronoun in descriptions and must be rendered as a relative pronoun in German. The case is made for "wo" as a practical choice, along with "da" or…
Descriptors: Contrastive Linguistics, English, German, Pronouns
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Courtade, Ida – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 1996
The defining of colors is a very subjective topic and results in many misunderstandings, especially in translation from one language to another. The number and significance of color adjectives vary from culture to culture. The goal of this article is to explain the origins of such variations and to discuss examples of common translation errors and…
Descriptors: Adjectives, Art, Color, Cultural Differences
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Rings, Lana – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 1992
Scholars and teachers are increasingly realizing that language consists of more than the additive nature of learned morphological, syntactical, and lexical items. This paper describes the pragmatic implications of linguistic strings, based on research and interviews with native speakers of American English and standard German. (20 references)…
Descriptors: Cultural Context, English, German, Language Usage
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