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Hellebrandt, Josef – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2014
German university programs can increase enrollments and diversify their curricula through academic community partnerships with surrounding schools. This article informs about two community-supported initiatives between the German Studies Program at Santa Clara University and the South Bay Deutscher Schulverein, a Saturday Morning School in…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Honors Curriculum
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Melin, Charlotte – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2013
This article describes a newly designed upper division German language course, "Contemporary Germany: Food, Energy Politics," and two sampling methods of assessment for measuring parallel gains in German skills and sustainable development (SD) thinking. Second Language Acquisition (SLA) informed course design, key assignments, and…
Descriptors: German, Program Descriptions, Curriculum Design, Sustainable Development
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Becker, Angelika; DeMaris, Sarah Glenn; Moller-Tank, Beth – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2013
The article presents and discusses materials for a cultural lesson about Green Germany. An introductory mini-unit frames the over-all student learning objective: students should be able to respond to the questions "Where are we?" and "Where are we going?" with regard to the natural environment. Three different units then help…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Programs, Program Descriptions, Units of Study
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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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Cliver, Gwyneth E.; Khazanchi, Deepak – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2011
Recognizing the global role of information technology, this article describes a USDOE-funded transatlantic mobility program in the area of IT project management. The project enhances intercultural as well as German language skills and promotes a mutual understanding of EU and US cultures. The relationship between IT and German-language programs…
Descriptors: Cultural Literacy, Information Technology, Foreign Countries, Language Skills
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Gallagher, Karen; Dechow, Douglas; Leahy, Anna – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2011
Interdisciplinary projects offer a strategy for German programs to become more visible and valued in the university context. Freedom Without Walls at Chapman University offers a case study of a project that situates the German program within an institution's larger goals. When building a project, the German program should look first to existing…
Descriptors: Expertise, Freedom, German, Poetry
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Goertler, Senta – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2009
This article discusses how new and familiar computer technology tools can be used in a communicative language classroom. It begins by outlining the benefits and challenges of using such technology for language teaching in general, and it describes some sample activities that the author has used. Readers are shown how to implement various computer…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Uses in Education, Technology Integration, Technology Education
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Ducate, Lara – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2009
This article describes a four-week service learning abroad program. Students from a U.S. university assist and teach in elementary school English classes for one month in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany while living with their German partner teachers. The program description and students' feedback illustrate that this program provides students with the…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Service Learning, Program Descriptions, Foreign Countries
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Condray, Kathleen – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2007
The benefits of Language for Specific Purposes programs in engineering are well-known, but such programs are impractical for smaller universities and colleges. RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering) is a new opportunity for undergraduate students that allows smaller programs to appeal to engineering students and their professors to…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Engineering Education, Engineering, Work Experience
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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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Streitwieser, Bernhard; Leephaibul, Robin – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2007
Research opportunities for undergraduates in the social sciences remain relatively rare. If they exist at all they are usually in the natural sciences and engineering. In study abroad the situation is particularly pronounced: a semester or year abroad is still more a time for cultural and linguistic immersion than it is for building specific…
Descriptors: Social Sciences, Workshops, Foreign Countries, Research Opportunities
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Ferguson, Mark – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2007
Not only has the US Senate designated 2006 the Year of Study Abroad; the year also marks the anniversary of a distinguished tradition of study abroad in Germany that reaches back 75 years. Founded in 1931, suspended during the war years, and re-opened in 1953 by Wayne State University, the Junior Year in Munich is America's oldest study abroad…
Descriptors: Program Descriptions, Foreign Countries, Study Abroad, History
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Donahue, William Collins; Wohlfeil, Jochen – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2007
DepaeThe new conditions of the study abroad "market" have impelled us to rethink the costs and benefits of a small, selective US-based program, such as Duke in Berlin. The principal advantage, we argue, is an environment of "academic intimacy," a generous teacher/student ratio, which in turn fosters additional undergraduate…
Descriptors: Lifelong Learning, Educational Environment, Study Abroad, Teacher Student Relationship
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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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Martin, Bernhard; Stoessel, Saskia; Frey, Marion; Armen, Jere; Bach, Judith; Kimball, Oliver; Scott, Karel; Sheehan, Jennifer – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2003
Describes an German in the elementary school program in Somerville, Massachusetts that is an example of university-school cooperation. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Elementary Education, FLES, German
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