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Baumgartner, Karin – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2017
The article explores the benefits of extensive reading in the beginning German language classroom. Employing a simplified version of Johanna Spyri's novel "Heidi," the article brings together research on extensive reading and cultural literacy in a unit dedicated to the incorporation of Switzerland into the German language curriculum.…
Descriptors: German, Cultural Literacy, Novels, Introductory Courses
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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 My primary source for classroom material was the unpublished handbook for students that Steinmetz co-authored with Donald Nelson, The Joy of Gender: A Student Handbook made available to me by his son, Erik Steinmetz.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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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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Shaver, Annis N. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2012
Many students enroll in language classes with the instrumentally motivated goal of satisfying a requirement. This article argues that instructors can influence students' motivation toward more integrative motivation by helping them make connections with the language community. The "Language Partner" program established for a small German…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, German, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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Steding, Soren – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2009
There are many websites today that offer free machine translations and although beginning students of German are not always proficient enough to judge the quality of these translations or to fully understand certain translation results, they use these services nonetheless for their assignments. The problem for the educator is to distinguish…
Descriptors: Translation, Computational Linguistics, German, Web Sites
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Hasty, Will – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2006
Based on practical experience in a new online beginning German course sequence, the author of this essay argues that contemporary cultural developments associated with the emergence of new technologies, particularly computer-assisted language learning, provide new opportunities to theorize German Studies curricula from the beginning level onward.…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Curriculum Design, German, Computer Assisted Instruction
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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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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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Van Orden, Stephen – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2006
Providing students with lively, authentic comprehensible input is one of the most important tasks of introductory German teachers. Using a Tablet PC can enable teachers to improve the quality of the comprehensible input they provide their students. This article describes how integrating a Tablet PC into daily teaching processes allows classroom…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, German
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Snider, Daren – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2005
Given the professed orientation toward proficiency development in the foreign language teaching profession, the inclination of textbook authors and publishers to offer communicative activities should be quite strong. This study analyzed the learning activities of six popular first-year college German textbooks and found that half the texts provide…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning, Textbooks, Language Teachers
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Magedanz, Joseph – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2004
"What to teach" is a question faced in first-year German courses, and depending on the desired goals, instructors cover a variety of areas, often omitting portions of first-year textbooks, either for lack of time or for pedagogical reasons, resulting in the omission of several features, including passive. Since students can benefit from passive in…
Descriptors: Textbooks, German, Introductory Courses, Communicative Competence (Languages)
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Hager, Michael – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2004
This article provides ideas for teaching culture using of a story-based approach. An overview of the story-based approach followed by a discussion about the application of this method to the teaching of culture in the beginning German classroom is presented. The primary cultural focus is on the teaching of geography for German speaking countries.
Descriptors: Geography, Foreign Countries, German, Teaching Methods
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Matthias, Bettina – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2003
Explores the opportunities for teaching German for musicians and offers it as an approach to teaching beginning German in general. A short theoretical discussion of the impact of music on foreign language learning precedes the presentation of various teaching tools and ideas that map the territory in which musical foreign language teaching can…
Descriptors: German, Introductory Courses, Music, Second Language Instruction
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Rings, Lana – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2002
Highlights the use of novice-level books produced from or for the Internet in the beginning level German as a foreign language classroom. Such books can be used for pleasure reading, for learning content, and for the development of vocabulary. Techniques for such use are provided. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Books, German, Instructional Materials, Internet
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von Reinhart, Walter – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2001
Presents strategies used in the International Engineering Program at the University of Rhode Island for incorporating technical German in first year classes. Outlines the language functions that can be developed in this way, gives concrete examples of the materials used, and provides specific suggestions for coordinating these materials with a…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Enrollment Trends, German, Higher Education
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