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Kutch, Lynn Marie – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2014
This article argues that instructors can effectively implement visual and multi-modal methods often used in beginner and intermediate courses as effective building blocks to develop skills of literary analysis. The article presents aspects of a mini-curriculum based on "Die Verwandlung," the graphic novel, and examples of student work…
Descriptors: Novels, Cartoons, Visual Literacy, Literary Criticism
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Rogers, N. Jeff; LeCompte, Laurie; Plumly, Vanessa – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2012
Conceived of as a response to the 2007 MLA Report on the state of foreign language teaching and learning in the United States, this article takes up some of the report's recommendations and puts them into practice. The first part of the article offers a response to current debates concerning foreign language programs and lays the conceptual…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Violence, History Instruction, Second Language Instruction
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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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Pabisch, Peter Karl – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2012
This essay offers some direction for greater integration of Austria and Switzerland into every level of the German language and culture curriculum. By excavating a number of now nearly forgotten intercultural connections between these alpine countries and the U.S., it is possible to present a more complete and complex picture of German-speaking…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, German, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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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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Urlaub, Per – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2011
Literary reading skills in a second language (L2) are essential for student success at the advanced levels of collegiate language instruction. This article introduces an instructional approach that fosters the development of L2 literary reading skills through creative writing activities. First, the article identifies those skills that language…
Descriptors: Creative Writing, Reading Skills, German, Second Language Learning
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Frackman, Kyle – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2011
This essay focuses on advanced-level German instruction and advocates an open, flexible approach to integrating the recommendations of the much-discussed 2007 MLA report on "Foreign Languages and Higher Education." Specifically, language, literature, film, and cultural studies are combined to allow for the development of transcultural competence…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Advanced Courses
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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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Warner, Chantelle – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2009
In this paper the author outlines a sample lesson that has been developed for second- or third-year German students using the short satirical vignette "Hurra, ich lebe in Deutschland" from the Turkish-German author Sinasi Dikmen's book of the same name. The lesson draws heavily from literary pragmatics, an area of applied linguistics which studies…
Descriptors: Applied Linguistics, German, Pragmatics, Language Usage
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Wurst, Karin – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2008
Graduate education is a critical mission of Research I universities. In light of the increased attention paid to languages, to assessment, and to the search for new models for teaching and learning in German Departments, a reexamination of how we train our students is called for. A graduate experience that does not compartmentalize too rigorously…
Descriptors: Graduate Study, German, Literature, Research Universities
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Kraemer, Angelika – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2008
This article describes a fourth-year German course on fairy tales that focuses on the integration of academic content with linguistic skills through technology-enhanced course modules. Situated in the discussion of the language-literature gap and the benefits of computer-assisted language learning, the proposed online course modules may prove…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Computer Assisted Instruction, Fairy Tales, Educational Technology
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Melin, Charlotte; Laun, Jurgen – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2007
The essay recommends the incorporation of contemporary works in third-year courses at college level based on the redesign of two courses, "Advanced Conversation and Composition" and "GermanMedia." Curricular connections across the German studies major and focus on literacy skills can be enhanced through the systematic integration of recent…
Descriptors: Literacy, German, Curriculum Development, Second Language Instruction
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Benseler, David P. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2002
Updates previous compilations of this survey, which are published in this journal. Contains references to 102 dissertations in German language or literature, comparative literature, and foreign or second language education with applicability to learning and teaching German. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Doctoral Degrees, Doctoral Dissertations, German, Literature
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Einbeck, Kandace – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2002
Describes a literature course designed for students studying abroad, aimed at improving their chances of becoming "culturally fluent" during their stay abroad. Using writings by German and Austrian authors on dealing with cultures other than their own, provides an ongoing orientation and help to develop cultural sensitivities. (AS)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, German, Literature, Second Language Instruction
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Benseler, David P. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2001
Updates previous compilations published in this journal. The current listing contains references to 111 dissertations in German language and literature, comparative literature, and foreign and second language education with applicability to learning and teaching German. (VWL)
Descriptors: Doctoral Degrees, German, Higher Education, Literature
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