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Chavez, Monika – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2009
Following a folk linguistic approach, this investigation of first-, second- and fourth-year learners' accounts of German found that (1) few had held pre-conceived notions about German prior to language study; (2) most pre-conceived notions concerned German pronunciation; (3) pre-conceived notions about vocabulary were most likely to influence the…
Descriptors: Contrastive Linguistics, Romance Languages, German, Majors (Students)
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Ilett, Darren – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2009
This article combines quantitative and qualitative analysis of the depiction of ethnic and racial diversity in recent editions of secondary and postsecondary German textbooks published in the US. The purpose is threefold: (1) to determine the frequency and types of representations of diversity; (2) to examine more closely several representative…
Descriptors: Multicultural Education, Textbooks, German, Secondary Education
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Culman, Hillah; Henry, Nicholas; VanPatten, Bill – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2009
The present study reports the findings of an experiment on the effects of explicit information on the learning of German case markings. Fifty-nine learners of first- and second-year German received computer-based processing instruction on German accusative case marking and word order. These learners were divided into two groups: one received…
Descriptors: Sentences, Computer Assisted Instruction, Language Processing, Word Order
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Roddy, Harry Louis, Jr. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2009
This is a collaborative writing project that is ideally suited for introducing longer narrative writing to second-year students. It involves collaborative learning, group dynamics and extended narrative writing. In the "Rockgruppe-Semesterprojekt", groups of students form fictional rock bands, develop tour itineraries through the German-speaking…
Descriptors: Collaborative Writing, Group Dynamics, Writing Workshops, Writing Instruction
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Goertler, Senta – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2009
This article discusses how new and familiar computer technology tools can be used in a communicative language classroom. It begins by outlining the benefits and challenges of using such technology for language teaching in general, and it describes some sample activities that the author has used. Readers are shown how to implement various computer…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Uses in Education, Technology Integration, Technology Education
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O'Brien, Traci S. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2009
While much attention has been paid to the gap between beginning language instruction and literature courses, there is another gap which presents significant challenges to college instructors, namely the gap in proficiency levels between students in the same third-year course. This article argues that bridging this particular gap can productively…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Literature, Language Proficiency
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Maxim, Hiram – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2009
This position paper argues that collegiate foreign language (FL) education has lost sight of the central role that language plays in the profession. Regardless of one's sub-field within foreign language education (i.e., linguistic, literary, or cultural studies), the profession shares the common focus of exploring how to make and interpret meaning…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Graduate Students, Language Role, Second Language Learning
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Bridges, Elizabeth – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2009
This article examines the phenomenon of graphic novels generally, and in particular, their utility in second-language contexts via the example of the graphic adaptation of Klaus Kordoris "Der erste Fruhling." This text lends itself especially to bridging thematic gaps in 20th-century German literature courses, as well as the "language/literature…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Writing Assignments, German, Second Language Instruction
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Walther, Ingeborg – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2009
In calling for new governance structures and unified curricula, the MLA Report distinguishes between instrumental and constitutive views of language that characterize our often schizophrenic agendas of language acquisition on the one hand, and disciplinary knowledge on the other. This paper explores some common theoretical insights from the fields…
Descriptors: Graduate Study, Governance, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Warner, Chantelle – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2009
In this paper the author outlines a sample lesson that has been developed for second- or third-year German students using the short satirical vignette "Hurra, ich lebe in Deutschland" from the Turkish-German author Sinasi Dikmen's book of the same name. The lesson draws heavily from literary pragmatics, an area of applied linguistics which studies…
Descriptors: Applied Linguistics, German, Pragmatics, Language Usage
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Steding, Soren – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2009
There are many websites today that offer free machine translations and although beginning students of German are not always proficient enough to judge the quality of these translations or to fully understand certain translation results, they use these services nonetheless for their assignments. The problem for the educator is to distinguish…
Descriptors: Translation, Computational Linguistics, German, Web Sites
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Busch, Iris; Freimann-Cavanaugh, Corinna; Eichler, Ester – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2009
The Kinder lernen Deutsch Committee (KLD) is a standing committee of the AATG that has existed since 1987 and that was originally charged to support the advocacy of German in grades K-8. With generous funding by the Standige Arbeitsgruppe Deutsch als Fremdsprache (StADaF) from the German government and the Goethe-Institut, the Kinder lernen…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, German, Thematic Approach, Second Language Learning
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Gramling, David – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2009
In the early years of the twenty-first century, being German has become a matter of linguistic competence and performance. An acute shift in citizenship statutes at the end of the 1990s brought about a peripatetic departure from Germany's "right of blood" ("ius sanguinis") toward a French-inspired "right of territory"…
Descriptors: Linguistic Competence, School Restructuring, Citizenship, Discourse Analysis
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Ducate, Lara – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2009
This article describes a four-week service learning abroad program. Students from a U.S. university assist and teach in elementary school English classes for one month in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany while living with their German partner teachers. The program description and students' feedback illustrate that this program provides students with the…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Service Learning, Program Descriptions, Foreign Countries
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Badstubner, Tina; Ecke, Peter – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2009
This study investigated students' motives for participating in a short-term study abroad program in Germany, their expectations about learning progress at the beginning of the program, and their perceived progress in various language skills at the end of the program. Findings indicated that students' expectations were higher than their perceived…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Listening Skills, Language Skills
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