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Hager, Michael – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2004
This article provides ideas for teaching culture using of a story-based approach. An overview of the story-based approach followed by a discussion about the application of this method to the teaching of culture in the beginning German classroom is presented. The primary cultural focus is on the teaching of geography for German speaking countries.
Descriptors: Geography, Foreign Countries, German, Teaching Methods
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Zinn, Gesa – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2004
This article presents the implementation of Katja von Garnier's film Bandits into a composition course that focuses on writing strategies. It offers specific exercises geared toward the intermediate to intermediate high-writer on the ACTFL scale with an emphasis on the main characters in Bandits and female criminals in general. In providing…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Writing Strategies, German, Second Language Learning
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Libbon, Stephanie – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2004
Using task-based exercises that required web searches and online activities, this course introduced non-traditional students to the sights and sounds of the German culture and language and simultaneously to computer technology. Through partner work that required negotiation of the net as well as of the language, these adult beginning German…
Descriptors: Travel, Computer Simulation, Computers, Internet
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Levine, Glenn S.; Eppelsheimer, Natalie; Kuzay, Franz; Moti, Simona; Wilby, Jason – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2004
The article presents a format for intermediate, university-level German instruction called "global simulation" (GS) as the curricular manifestation of several recent trends in the literature on instructed second-language acquisition, in particular interactionist and task-based approaches, sociocultural theory, and the acquisition of intercultural…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Communicative Competence (Languages), German, Second Language Instruction
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Wipf, Joseph – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2004
Although a number of word-frequency lists exist in German, there is an absence of studies investigating the relative frequency with which various grammatical structures are used. Traditionally, extended modifiers have been most prevalent in written German. Based on an analysis of authentic radio news broadcasts, this article makes the case that…
Descriptors: Sentence Structure, Grammar, News Reporting, German
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Arnett, Carlee; Martin, Susannah – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2004
Auxiliary selection in L1 German is sensitive to the degree of transitivity of a clause. This study focuses on the most basic parameter of transitivity, number of participants, and shows that as students become more proficient in German, they are more accurate in auxiliary selection. First year students do not reflect in their writing that they…
Descriptors: Verbs, German, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Fagan, Sarah M.B. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2004
The correct use of German "bringen" and "nehmen" can pose problems for native speakers of English learning German. Students often use "nehmen" to express meanings rendered by English "take," which can result in sentences that are ungrammatical. This paper investigates the basic verbs of conveyance in German and English--"bringen," "nehmen,"…
Descriptors: Grammar, Verbs, German, Native Speakers
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Barbe, Katharina – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2004
There is no question that English, and especially American English, enjoys high prestige among German speakers. This popularity resulted in a growing importation of English loans into German. The influence is decidedly asymmetrical. In this article, the author discusses the English language's influence on German, covering: (1) a brief history of…
Descriptors: German, North American English, English, Linguistic Borrowing
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Alm-Lequeux, Antonie – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2004
Learning strategies have received a lot of attention in recent years. Many books have been written for both teachers and students, outlining strategies of and for the successful language learner. The research in this area confirms that the conscious use of learning strategies enhances language achievement and proficiency. A well-developed strategy…
Descriptors: Advertising, Learning Strategies, Learning Processes, Vocabulary Development
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Bjornstad, Jennifer I. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2004
The first day of class is in many ways the most important one of the term. Students come into the classroom alert to everything around them, eager to piece together clues that will answer their ill-defined yet urgent question: "What is this course going to be like?" What teachers say and do on the first day of class is crucial, creating a first…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Teacher Influence, Class Activities, Interpersonal Relationship
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O'Brien, Mary Grantham – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2004
This article presents the results of a longitudinal study investigating the pronunciation of American students learning German, focusing on the importance of stress, rhythm, and intonation for a native-like accent in German. The present study investigated German pronunciation for two groups of American students from the Midwest. Students in one…
Descriptors: Intonation, German, Native Speakers, Study Abroad
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Hayden-Roy, Priscilla – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2004
There has been a significant paradigm shift in foreign language pedagogy from measuring language achievement to measuring proficiency. The ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines (1986) sought to reach consensus about describing and measuring language abilities. With the widespread recognition of these Guidelines have come far-reaching changes in our…
Descriptors: Text Structure, Cognitive Psychology, Guidelines, German
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Peters, George F. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2003
The cognitive skills of beginning German students in high school and college outstrip their linguistic ability in the target language. In a proficiency-based curriculum, students communicate about familiar matters and everyday culture although they are intellectually prepared to consider more complex cultural issues. As a result, deeper culture is…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, German, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Bohm, Arnd – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2003
Fixed prepositional phrases of the type in this way and on the other hand are used in written and spoken English to connect sentences into larger units (text, dialogues). German prefers simple adverbials like so. Appended is a check-list of the most common such phrases in English and possible German equivalents.
Descriptors: Sentences, German, English, Phrase Structure
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Rieger, Caroline L. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2003
This paper presents empirical results from an analysis of English and German conversational fillers produced by bilinguals. They reveal that even accomplished bilinguals do not display an overall native-like realization of conversational fillers in their second language (L2). Along with the findings of L2 studies showing that the comprehension and…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, German, Bilingualism
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