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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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Schicker, Juliane – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2018
Language instructors are grappling with the question of how to teach writing effectively in upper-level undergraduate world language classes. At that point, students still have to master aspects of grammar; they often work on general writing skills in their native language and hope to improve their skills to effectively bring forth arguments in…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Second Language Learning, German, Writing Instruction
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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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Arzt, Jessica; Kost, Claudia – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2016
The grammatical gender of German nouns continues to pose a challenge to second language learners. Following from a connectionist framework, this study explores the effect of two input enhancement techniques, color-coding and gendered actors, on the learning of grammatical gender by beginning learners of German during a vocabulary acquisition…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Vocabulary Development
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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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Kraiss, Andrew – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2014
This paper is a study of a method for teaching German gender and plural assignment developed by the late Donald Steinmetz. My primary source for classroom material was the unpublished handbook for students that Steinmetz co-authored with Donald Nelson, The Joy of Gender: A Student Handbook made available to me by his son, Erik Steinmetz. In the…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Teaching Methods
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Vyatkina, Nina – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2013
This study describes the design and implementation of a usage-based and corpus-based advanced German grammar course. Teaching materials for the course included DWDS, or "Digitales Worterbuch der deutschen Sprache": a large, representative, free and publicly available corpus of contemporary German texts. The article outlines specific…
Descriptors: Grammar, German, Teaching Methods, Educational Technology
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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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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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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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Culman, Hillah; Henry, Nicholas; VanPatten, Bill – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2009
The present study reports the findings of an experiment on the effects of explicit information on the learning of German case markings. Fifty-nine learners of first- and second-year German received computer-based processing instruction on German accusative case marking and word order. These learners were divided into two groups: one received…
Descriptors: Sentences, Computer Assisted Instruction, Language Processing, Word Order
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Even, Susanne – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2008
This article introduces drama pedagogy as an approach with great potential for foreign language acquisition, addressing students' multiple skills and facilitating their communicative and interactional competence. A strong emphasis is placed on social, emotional, and kinesthetic learning that is traditionally neglected in instructional settings.…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Teaching Methods, Drama
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Johnson, Catherine – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2007
This article describes six games that instructors of German can use with students from the first year of high school or first semester of German through the fourth year of high school or fourth semester of college German and beyond. Unlike other games in which students must wait their turn to practice their language skills, these games engage the…
Descriptors: Listening Skills, Vocabulary Skills, German, High Schools
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Levine, Glenn S. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2006
A framework is presented for grammar instruction based on sociocultural theory and critical pedagogy. It is argued that restricting students' learning to the standard German of the monolingual, educated native speaker is both insufficient and inappropriate. It is proposed that grammar teaching and learning should support learners as developing…
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Native Speakers, Monolingualism, German
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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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