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Rogers, N. Jeff; LeCompte, Laurie; Plumly, Vanessa – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2012
Conceived of as a response to the 2007 MLA Report on the state of foreign language teaching and learning in the United States, this article takes up some of the report's recommendations and puts them into practice. The first part of the article offers a response to current debates concerning foreign language programs and lays the conceptual…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Violence, History Instruction, Second Language Instruction
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Knapp, Thyra E. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2012
This article examines the importance of visual culture with regard to its pedagogical applications in the German language classroom. I begin by outlining the benefits and concerns associated with making visual art a part of the curriculum. Next, practical ideas are presented for using paintings in beginning, intermediate, and advanced courses.…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Art Education, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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Kramsch, Claire; Gerhards, Sascha – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2012
In her recently published book "The Multilingual Subject: What foreign language learners say about their experience and why it matters", UC Berkeley applied-linguist Claire Kramsch approaches language learning from a new, visionary perspective. Foregrounding the interplay of cultural aspects in language learning, Kramsch understands…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Interviews
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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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Schallie, Charlotte; Thorson, Helga – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2012
In this article we present an integrated curricular model for addressing the transition from the intermediate to the advanced language level through peer-assisted learning activities in the post-secondary German classroom. In a series of group projects between students in second- and third-year conversation courses, we employed a learner-centered…
Descriptors: Peer Teaching, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, German
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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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Pabisch, Peter Karl – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2012
This essay offers some direction for greater integration of Austria and Switzerland into every level of the German language and culture curriculum. By excavating a number of now nearly forgotten intercultural connections between these alpine countries and the U.S., it is possible to present a more complete and complex picture of German-speaking…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, German, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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Rosellini, Jay Julian – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2012
Small German programs need to reach out to first-year students in order to expand the pool of potential majors and minors and to increase program visibility on campus. This article demonstrates how an interdisciplinary Seminar for Freshmen on Vienna and Berlin can be used to introduce students to the study of the German-speaking world by comparing…
Descriptors: Seminars, Consciousness Raising, Foreign Countries, German
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van Kerckvoorde, Colette – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2012
This article argues for a "D-A-CH" approach, which stands for Germany (D), Austria (A), and Switzerland (CH), in language classes from the introductory level on. I begin by tracing the emergence and development of distinct Standard Swiss and Austrian German varieties. I then discuss marketing efforts for Swiss and Austrian German, and…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Foreign Countries, German
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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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Baumgartner, Karin – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2012
This article describes a five-week module on "Switzerland as a multi-ethnic society" intended to counteract the popular image of Switzerland as a homogenous country concerned mostly with tourism, chocolate, and watches. Instead, the module treats Switzerland through topics such as the definition of identity in a multi-ethnic society, the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Units of Study, Cultural Pluralism, Politics
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Urlaub, Per – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2011
Literary reading skills in a second language (L2) are essential for student success at the advanced levels of collegiate language instruction. This article introduces an instructional approach that fosters the development of L2 literary reading skills through creative writing activities. First, the article identifies those skills that language…
Descriptors: Creative Writing, Reading Skills, German, Second Language Learning
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Braunbeck, Helga G. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2011
The MLA Report on "Foreign Languages and Higher Education: New Structures for a Changed World" has been criticized for focusing its proposals on large German programs. This article attempts to show how some of its recommendations can also be implemented in smaller language programs. These programs exist within a network of relations to other…
Descriptors: International Studies, Academic Achievement, Cooperation, Foreign Countries
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Chavez, Monika – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2011
This study of 134 college-level learners of German, enrolled in four years of instruction, showed them to "essentialize" German grammar when asked to describe it to a hypothetical friend. Kubota defined the term essentialization to capture learners' views of the target culture. Its main characteristic is the presupposition of "essential, stable,…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, German, College Students, Second Language Learning
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