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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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Frackman, Kyle – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2011
This essay focuses on advanced-level German instruction and advocates an open, flexible approach to integrating the recommendations of the much-discussed 2007 MLA report on "Foreign Languages and Higher Education." Specifically, language, literature, film, and cultural studies are combined to allow for the development of transcultural competence…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Advanced Courses
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Johnson, Catherine – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2011
Process-Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) is a method that requires students to work in small groups, view models or diagrams, and answer carefully designed questions that guide them to an understanding of the subject matter on their own, with minimal direction from the instructor. Several studies show that the method has been highly…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Inquiry
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Cagle, Len – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2011
Study abroad is often treated in terms of individual student outcomes, and has recently been discussed as potentially detrimental to smaller language programs--in that student participation in semester- or year-long programs subtracts from enrollments in upper-level courses. In this article, the promotion of study abroad in a small German program…
Descriptors: Small Colleges, Student Participation, College Programs, German
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Jackson, Carrie N.; O'Brien, Mary Grantham – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2011
Research has shown that English and German native speakers use prosodic cues during speech production to convey the intended meaning of an utterance. However, little is known about whether American L2 learners of German also use such cues during L2 production. The present study shows that inter-mediate-level L2 learners of German (English L1) use…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Sentences, Cues, Speech
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Kahnke, Corinna; Stehle, Maria – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2011
In North American universities, pop culture increasingly appears in the German Studies classroom to "spice up" the curriculum. But what is conveyed and taught and how is it inserted into the curriculum and into the US cultural context? This article explores three examples of popular culture in the German Studies classroom:…
Descriptors: Universities, Popular Culture, Foreign Countries, Cultural Context
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Cliver, Gwyneth E.; Khazanchi, Deepak – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2011
Recognizing the global role of information technology, this article describes a USDOE-funded transatlantic mobility program in the area of IT project management. The project enhances intercultural as well as German language skills and promotes a mutual understanding of EU and US cultures. The relationship between IT and German-language programs…
Descriptors: Cultural Literacy, Information Technology, Foreign Countries, Language Skills
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Gallagher, Karen; Dechow, Douglas; Leahy, Anna – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2011
Interdisciplinary projects offer a strategy for German programs to become more visible and valued in the university context. Freedom Without Walls at Chapman University offers a case study of a project that situates the German program within an institution's larger goals. When building a project, the German program should look first to existing…
Descriptors: Expertise, Freedom, German, Poetry
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Sundquist, John – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2010
This article focuses on the benefits of using short film in the German classroom at the secondary or post-secondary level. The article addresses a number of characteristics of short films that lend themselves well to the classroom, including their abbreviated length, artistic innovation, and compact storytelling. In addition to discussing specific…
Descriptors: German, Foreign Language Films, Second Language Instruction, Secondary Education
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Van Orden, Stephen – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2010
Document cameras can have great utility in second language classrooms. However, entry-level consumer document cameras start at around $350. This article describes how the author built three document cameras and offers suggestions for how teachers can successfully build their own quality document camera using a webcam for around $100.
Descriptors: Photography, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Internet
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Heinz, Solveig M. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2010
Content-based instruction (CBI) has been part of the foreign language curriculum for many years at US colleges, leading to courses that combine language instruction with specific content domains, such as film, literature, politics, sports and many others. This article presents a rather unusual choice of content domain for a second-year language…
Descriptors: Opera, Course Evaluation, Second Language Learning, German
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Rarick, Damon O. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2010
This article describes how the author has successfully combined polling with more traditional instructional strategies to enhance student presentation skills in an advanced course teaching technical German. By helping students select and prepare topics, anticipate questions and engage the audience, instructors can eliminate some of the root causes…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Advanced Courses, Audience Awareness, German
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McCarthy, John A. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2010
This contribution responds to the previous three articles by highlighting common concerns across the Americas. It also offers suggestions for how the field of German might want to move forward in an inclusive fashion. Key principles of orientation are EU language policy and transcultural education as a transformative experience in shaping…
Descriptors: Language Planning, Public Policy, German, Second Language Instruction
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Tatlock, Lynne – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2010
This article identifies recent indicators of the state of German Studies in the United States with special attention to postsecondary enrollments in German. It additionally reviews challenges to the postsecondary teaching of German as they manifest themselves both locally and nationally, including the positioning of German Studies in the life of…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Higher Education, German, Second Language Learning
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Davidheiser, James; Wolf, Gregory – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2009
Small undergraduate German programs can take various forms but can generally be classified as new and emerging or older and well-established programs. In today's academic climate it is necessary that instructors in both types work to enhance their curriculum and extra-curricular offerings as well as strive to prevent burnout and the over…
Descriptors: German, Undergraduate Study, Second Language Instruction, Cooperation
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