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Rankin, Jamie – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2005
"Extensive" reading has been discussed in the recent research literature as a viable, indeed preferable, means of helping learners develop fluid, more native-like reading skills in a foreign language. But extensive reading texts, in order to be comprehensible at the beginning/intermediate level, are either "diluted" authentic texts, or…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Reading Skills, German, Second Language Instruction
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Snider, Daren – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2005
Given the professed orientation toward proficiency development in the foreign language teaching profession, the inclination of textbook authors and publishers to offer communicative activities should be quite strong. This study analyzed the learning activities of six popular first-year college German textbooks and found that half the texts provide…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning, Textbooks, Language Teachers
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Schulz, Renate A.; LaLande, John, II; Dykstra-Pruim, Pennylyn; Zimmer-Loew, Helene; James, Charles J. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2005
This paper reflects the work of the AATG Task Force on the Teaching of Culture, established in 2004. It seeks to define the issues and challenges related to the teaching and development of cultural competence in the German language classroom, including the lack of professional consensus regarding appropriate definitions of culture for classroom…
Descriptors: German, Cultural Education, Cultural Awareness, Student Evaluation
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Melin, Charlotte – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2005
Connections between high school and college-level German programs can be strengthened through a combination of curricular articulation and strategic outreach initiatives. This essay reviews approaches to articulation, examines promising outreach models, and offers guidelines for developing program-specific plans. An analysis of German program…
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), Audiences, German, High Schools
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Joyce, Erin; Appl, Cynthia – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2005
This article discusses the benefits of hosting a German Immersion Day for area high school students on college campuses. Not only does an immersion experience benefit the students and teachers who participate, but it also serves to attract new students of German to the college and helps to create smoother articulation between high school and…
Descriptors: High School Students, German, Immersion Programs, Second Language Learning
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Dollenmayer, David; Even, Susanne – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2005
For our third semester of German, the bilingual novel "Mensch, be careful!" was the primary reading. Narrated alternately in German and English, this young adult "Krimi" enabled an authentic, substantial, and enjoyable reading experience. Guessing meaning from context was easier than in a monolinguistic text. Students' language learning awareness…
Descriptors: Novels, Multilingual Materials, German, English
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Chavez, Monika – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2005
Despite common assumptions of foreign-language culture as a tool in student recruitment and retention, students are not universally convinced of either the teachability of culture or the appropriateness of teaching culture at all levels of language instruction. This paper shows that students' definitions of foreign-language culture differ…
Descriptors: Beliefs, College Students, Student Attitudes, German
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Belz, Julie A. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2005
This paper makes a usage-based contribution to the learning and teaching of German via the tools of contrastive learner corpus analysis (Granger, 1998; Granger, Hung, and Petch-Tyson, 2002; Nesselhauf, 2004). On the basis of an integrated learner and native speaker corpus of "telecollaborative" discourse (Belz, 2005), an empirically rich…
Descriptors: Native Speakers, German, Contrastive Linguistics, Learning Activities
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Vandergriff, Ilona – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2005
In spoken German "weil" frequently occurs with verb-second (v2) word order instead of prescribed ver-last (vlast). This article provides an overview of the variation and its historical development and offers suggestions and materials for a linguistic unit in the advanced language classroom. Current research demonstrates that the variation is not…
Descriptors: Language Attitudes, Verbs, German, Second Language Learning
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Benseler, David P. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2005
This report updates previous compilations published in this journal. The current listing contains references to 70 dissertations in German language and/or literature, comparative literature, and foreign or second language education with applicability to learning and teaching German.
Descriptors: Surveys, Doctoral Degrees, German, 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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Bischof, Deborah Lokai – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2005
Curriculum surveys are used periodically to validate the use of Advanced Place Program[R] (AP[R]) Exams as assessments of skills required for advanced college-level study. In the case of AP German Language, the target level is third-year college language study. This article presents results from a 2003 curriculum survey completed by third-year…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Programs, Curriculum
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Redmann, Jennifer – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2005
This article describes an approach to working with foreign language texts in the classroom, "Stationenlernen," that takes the ongoing development of students' foreign language literacy as a goal. "Stationenlernen" is a pedagogical method common in German elementary schools and readily adapted to the foreign language classroom.…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, German, Literacy
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Ecke, Peter – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2005
German teachers' use of DVDs, purchased abroad, has become increasingly difficult through restrictions imposed by the motion pictures industry on DVDs, DVD-playing equipment and software. In addition, the law, in particular through the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), has imposed restrictions that negatively affect the fair use of digital…
Descriptors: Films, Teachers, Foreign Countries, Video Equipment
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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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