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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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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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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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Euler, Sasha S. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2017
This article presents a detailed methodological outline for teaching culture through project work. It is argued that because project work makes it possible to gain transferrable and applicable knowledge and insight, it is the ideal tool for teaching culture with the aim of achieving real intercultural communicative competence (ICC). Preceding the…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, German, Cultural Education, Active Learning
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Neville, David O. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2016
The essay forwards suggestions for developing a blended learning environment to insert genre-based language for specific purposes (LSP) subject matter into the undergraduate second language development curriculum. Specifically, the essay will highlight: (1) the development of an overarching narrative for structuring the LSP subject matter; (2) the…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Languages for Special Purposes
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Ducate, Lara – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2016
Due to the connection between Germany and sustainability studies, German Programs are well poised to offer a course on German history, culture, and sustainability to meet the needs of the next generation of students. Interdisciplinary humanities courses that incorporate critical thinking, problem solving, and collaborative learning will help to…
Descriptors: Sustainability, Interdisciplinary Approach, Foreign Countries, Critical Thinking
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White, Kelsey D.; Heidrich, Emily – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2013
Most educators are aware that some students utilize web-based machine translators for foreign language assignments, however, little research has been done to determine how and why students utilize these programs, or what the implications are for language learning and teaching. In this mixed-methods study we utilized surveys, a translation task,…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Translation
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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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Chavez, Monika – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2013
This study explores the ways first-, second-, and third-year college students ("n" = 352) perceived their likely attainment of 19 morpho-syntactic, phonological, pragmatic, and lexical features of German. Analyses further differentiated perceptions by the learner variables of year of enrollment, gender, achievement, motivation for…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Learning, Morphology (Languages), Syntax
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Vyatkina, Nina – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2013
This study describes the design and implementation of a usage-based and corpus-based advanced German grammar course. Teaching materials for the course included DWDS, or "Digitales Worterbuch der deutschen Sprache": a large, representative, free and publicly available corpus of contemporary German texts. The article outlines specific…
Descriptors: Grammar, German, Teaching Methods, Educational Technology
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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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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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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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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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Rasmussen, Ann Marie – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2011
This article describes an undergraduate, German-language course that aimed to improve students' language skills, critical thinking, and declarative knowledge of German history and culture by studying multiple manifestations of the legend of Siegfried the Dragonslayer. The course used web-based e-learning tools to address two major learning…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, Cultural Literacy
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