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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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Augustyn, Prisca – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2013
This article offers a critical examination of the current practices and beliefs about vocabulary teaching and learning in typical communicative-approach German classrooms. While research on vocabulary acquisition is scarce, frequency dictionaries reveal that current practice is based heavily on the use of concrete, referential lexemes that may be…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Instruction, Vocabulary Development, Bilingualism
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Larson-Guenette, Julie – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2013
This study examined how often and to what extent university learners of German use online resources (e.g., online dictionaries and translators) in relation to German coursework, their motivations for use, and their beliefs about online resources and language learning. Data for this study consisted of open-ended surveys ("n" = 71) and face-to-face…
Descriptors: Educational Resources, Use Studies, Beliefs, Second Language Learning
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Sederberg, Kathryn – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2013
Through the example of a fourth-semester course on modern German history, this article explores the application of interactive and experiential learning models inspired by museum pedagogy. In response to the ACTFL "Standards" and the 2007 MLA report, the teaching of culture has become a priority and educators continue to seek innovative…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Museums, Teaching Methods
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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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Maxim, Hiram H.; Hoyng, Peter; Lancaster, Marianne; Schaumann, Caroline; Aue, Maximilian – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2013
The collegiate foreign language profession has become increasingly aware of the unnecessarily detrimental effects of bifurcated curricula on student learning and departmental governance, yet there have been few instances to date of departments that have been able to achieve unified, articulated programs of study. This article presents one foreign…
Descriptors: College Second Language Programs, Curriculum Development, Departments, German
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Sosulski, Michael J. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2013
This article explores the possibilities for effecting Transformative Learning in students of German language and culture through the use of popular music videos, in both the target and the students' own languages. Transformative Learning, a term that has differing valences in numerous academic disciplines, is employed here in its social-scientific…
Descriptors: Transformative Learning, Popular Culture, German, Critical Viewing
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Wilkerson, Miranda E. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2013
This paper presents a study of factors affecting judgments of native and non-native accent in German. The data suggest that listener status (native or non-native speakers) and degree of experience with German play a role in the aspects of speech which raters cite as salient. Interestingly, the same descriptive terms used by raters were shown to…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Learning, Native Speakers, Pronunciation
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Berg, Bartell M. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2013
This article addresses a dual desire for teaching units that (1) incorporate green issues into the language curriculum, (2) fulfill the need for comparative cultural studies in the language classroom, and (3) incorporate the ACTFL "Standards for Foreign Language Learning." Included are a review of recent approaches to teaching culture in…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Standards
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Ryshina-Pankova, Marianna – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2013
This article reports on the ways of incorporating paintings, posters, and film into an advanced German content- and language-integrated course called "Green Germany." It demonstrates how these visual media can be employed for enriching the exploration of various aspects of the course's environmental themes. In line with the research on…
Descriptors: Films, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Foreign Countries
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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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Gonglewski, Margaret; Helm, Anna – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2013
An effective way to teach about sustainability and environmentally conscious practices in German language, literature, and culture programs is within the context of a business German course. In this article we first situate educational sustainability in the US, leading into an examination of why the context of German business can be particularly…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Sustainability, History Instruction, Cultural Education
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