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Buder, Laura J. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2018
Over the last few years, I have seen a significant impact on student learning from improving and adapting my instruction in three main areas: backward designing instruction for target proficiency levels, transitioning to standards-based grading, and implementing performance-based assessments that focus on proficiency. These strategies have not…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Proficiency
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Tschirner, Erwin – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2018
Concepts of second language proficiency and how proficiency may be assessed have changed considerably over the last 20 years. New notions of validity with respect to the interpretation and uses of test scores have begun to shape discussions about test validity and quality assurance in college world language departments, in government, and in…
Descriptors: Language Tests, Testing, Test Theory, German
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Heidrich, Emily; Kraemer, Angelika – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2018
As an internal expansion of the Language Proficiency Flagship Initiative at Michigan State University, 172 students of German took ACTFL proficiency tests in three modalities (speaking, listening, and reading) over the course of three years. The test scores and background survey data were analyzed to determine proficiency levels of students at the…
Descriptors: German, Case Studies, College Second Language Programs, Second Language Learning
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Lindseth, Martina; Brown, Joshua R. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2014
This article discusses a three-course sequence which has been designed to aid students' attainment of Advanced Low proficiency according to ACTFL guidelines. A cycle of iterative tasks (with increasing learner autonomy) within and between the courses in the sequence are highlighted and their implementation discussed. Additionally,…
Descriptors: Metalinguistics, Guidelines, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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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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Braunbeck, Helga G. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2011
The MLA Report on "Foreign Languages and Higher Education: New Structures for a Changed World" has been criticized for focusing its proposals on large German programs. This article attempts to show how some of its recommendations can also be implemented in smaller language programs. These programs exist within a network of relations to other…
Descriptors: International Studies, Academic Achievement, Cooperation, Foreign Countries
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O'Brien, Traci S. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2009
While much attention has been paid to the gap between beginning language instruction and literature courses, there is another gap which presents significant challenges to college instructors, namely the gap in proficiency levels between students in the same third-year course. This article argues that bridging this particular gap can productively…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Literature, Language Proficiency
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Bridges, Elizabeth – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2009
This article examines the phenomenon of graphic novels generally, and in particular, their utility in second-language contexts via the example of the graphic adaptation of Klaus Kordoris "Der erste Fruhling." This text lends itself especially to bridging thematic gaps in 20th-century German literature courses, as well as the "language/literature…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Writing Assignments, German, Second Language Instruction
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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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Rogers, Jeff – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2007
This article presents a proficiency-oriented approach to teaching feature films in the first- and second-year classroom. It argues that film is currently under utilized at the Basic and Independent User levels, particularly as a means to create context in the classroom. Strategies are presented to tap the potential of film for communicative…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, German, Teaching Methods
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Tschirner, Erwin – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2007
In 2002, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education Programs (NCATE) established Advanced Low (AL) as the minimal level of oral proficiency for foreign language teacher candidates. However, AL is not a level commonly reached by graduates of foreign language programs. Additional language training focusing on the development of…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Immersion Programs, Second Language Learning, Oral Language
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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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Villanueva, Daniel – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2005
In this article, "Fragebogen" (1992) by Max Frisch is shown to contain appropriately challenging linguistic constructions for use in courses as a supplement to traditional anthologies in conversation/composition courses. Frisch's eleven questionnaires on topics ranging from "Heimat," marriage and private property to humor, money and death serve as…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Instruction, Language Proficiency, Textbooks
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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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Arnett, Carlee; Martin, Susannah – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2004
Auxiliary selection in L1 German is sensitive to the degree of transitivity of a clause. This study focuses on the most basic parameter of transitivity, number of participants, and shows that as students become more proficient in German, they are more accurate in auxiliary selection. First year students do not reflect in their writing that they…
Descriptors: Verbs, German, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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