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Twark, Jill E.; Franch, Daniel J.; Vaughan, Paige – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2018
Although abundant research studies explore team teaching and co-teaching, research is lacking on apprentice teaching with undergraduates, especially in U.S. world language classes. This article presents a practical apprentice teaching model for teaching beginning German with undergraduate students. The model was successful because the professor…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, German, Second Language Instruction, College Faculty
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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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Rubin-McGregor, Jordan; Rubin, Beth – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2018
This article addresses how to include instruction about the Holocaust (Shoah) in intermediate German world language classes in the United States. Scholarly inquiry into teaching of the Shoah has produced pedagogical frameworks, and Lindquist's (2008) guidelines are recommended along with additional instructional resources and suggestions. The…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Second Language Instruction, European History, Jews
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Classen, Albrecht – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2018
Recent debates about the future of academia have focused primarily on teaching the STEM subjects. This is certainly a valuable call for action, but it also threatens to ignore the significant contributions of the humanities and other fields. This article presents a workable alternative by way of looking at more technical writings by 18th-century…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Second Language Instruction, German, German Literature
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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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Howards, Alyssa; Rinner, Susanne; Gulewich, Beth – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2018
An annual German Day event can be a powerful tool to motivate students, increase visibility of state and local German programs, and, ultimately, boost enrollments. However, it can also be a daunting undertaking that is often orchestrated by a single person. This article offers a user guide that can help others plan their own German Day, be it a…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, German, Ceremonies
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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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DiBiase-Lubrano, Mary Jo – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2018
Language testing is an integral part of teaching and learning, yet most language faculty do not receive adequate training for developing tests (Taylor, [Taylor, L., 2009]). Most have advanced degrees in literary and cultural studies in the target language but often have insufficient training in pedagogy and assessment. This shortcoming is alarming…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Tests
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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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Cunningham, D. Joseph; Pfeiffer, Peter C.; Ryshina-Pankova, Marianna – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2018
The article reports on a project to assess what kind of complex humanities learning occurs in students in the first two years of a German curriculum. It characterizes a possible way to conceptualize humanities learning and how to find ways to collect reliable data that form the basis of an analysis and feed back into curricular and pedagogical…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, German, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Goertler, Senta; Gacs, Adam – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2018
As online educational programs and courses increase (Allen & Seaman, [Allen, I. E., 2014]), it is important to understand the benefits and limitations of this delivery format when assessing students and when comparing learning outcomes. This article addresses the following two questions: (1) What are some of the best practices in assessing…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, German
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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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Schuetze, Ulf – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2017
An ongoing question in second language vocabulary learning is how to optimize the acquisition of words. One approach is the so-called "spaced repetition technique" that uses intervals to repeat words in a given time frame (Balota et al., 2007; Leitner, 1972; Oxford, 1990; Pimsleur, 1967; Roediger & Karpicke, 2010; Schuetze &…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Vocabulary Development, Repetition, Intervals
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Schmerbeck, Nicola; Lucht, Felecia – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2017
Actively engaged in online media, learners today are surrounded by texts overtly and covertly transmitted by visual images, sound effects, and voices as well as the written word. Language learning portfolios can engage students in the literacy-oriented learning processes of interpretation, collaboration, and problem solving as outlined by Kern…
Descriptors: Photography, Portfolios (Background Materials), Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods
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