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Luke, Martina – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2008
The decreasing interest in the study of foreign languages forces us to reconsider and re-evaluate new teaching methods and approaches. Nevertheless, the use of music, in particular modern or pop music, for interdisciplinary studies and students' language skills appears to be still neglected. I claim that the lyrics and music of the popular group…
Descriptors: Classics (Literature), World Literature, Music, Language Skills
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Wurst, Karin – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2008
Graduate education is a critical mission of Research I universities. In light of the increased attention paid to languages, to assessment, and to the search for new models for teaching and learning in German Departments, a reexamination of how we train our students is called for. A graduate experience that does not compartmentalize too rigorously…
Descriptors: Graduate Study, German, Literature, Research Universities
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Kraemer, Angelika – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2008
This article describes a fourth-year German course on fairy tales that focuses on the integration of academic content with linguistic skills through technology-enhanced course modules. Situated in the discussion of the language-literature gap and the benefits of computer-assisted language learning, the proposed online course modules may prove…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Computer Assisted Instruction, Fairy Tales, Educational Technology
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Redmann, Jennifer – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2008
The focus in many language curricula is shifting from "four skills" to "literacy." In a literacy-oriented curriculum, texts stand at the center of every course at every level. Teachers introduce content through texts early in the language learning process, assist even advanced students with the challenges of reading and writing in German, and help…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Advanced Students, German, Teaching Methods
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Libbon, Stephanie E. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2008
Culture has not always played a major role in foreign language instruction. Indeed, it was only in the 1980s that educators began giving serious thought to employing culture for language learning purposes. Exploring issues of otherness in Pepe Danquart's film "Schwarzfahrer", this article illustrates how one can address the more controversial…
Descriptors: Language Teachers, Second Language Instruction, German, Cultural Awareness
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Lalande, John F., II – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2008
Courses on the culture of the German-speaking world (GSW) have long dotted the landscape of undergraduate course offerings at North American colleges and universities. The primary purpose of this article is to share information about a new kind of undergraduate culture course that uses castles as a vehicle for introducing students to past and…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, North Americans, German, Cultural Awareness
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Vandergriff, Ilona; Barry, David; Mueller, Kimberly – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2008
Our study of seven first-year college-level German textbooks surveys how these texts deal with the challenge of representing gender-inclusive language. Specifically, we look at gender marking in human nouns to see whether they occur as single-gender forms (e.g., "Student"), as morphological pairs in either full form (e.g., "Student/Studentin") or…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Nouns, German, Higher Education
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Schierloh, Maren; Hayes-Harb, Rachel – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2008
The article details a two-phase study investigating the relative contributions of talker-familiarity and talker-intelligibility to L2 listening comprehension by learners in a classroom setting. Students from beginning to low-intermediate German FL classes participated in German language listening tasks, being exposed to speech by their German…
Descriptors: Listening Comprehension, Familiarity, German, Second Language Learning
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Schmidt, Johannes – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2008
Podcasts provide a straightforward opportunity to stay connected with language, culture, and recent events of German-speaking countries. Podcasts offer clearly articulated, authentic material that can be automatically and regularly delivered to your computer and classrooms; continuously exposing students and teachers to German. This article…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Learning, Instructional Materials, Teaching Methods
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Ecke, Peter – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2008
In this article, I review the options that teachers and students have to obtain German TV in the U.S.: through satellite and cable networks and by streaming, downloading, or recording TV programs through the internet. I also address how one can access TV programs over the air in the German-speaking countries by using a notebook PC and TV card.
Descriptors: German, Television, Foreign Countries, Internet
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Ecke, Peter – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2008
In this article, I review the options that teachers and students have to obtain German TV in the U.S.: through satellite and cable networks and by streaming, downloading, or recording TV programs through the internet. I also address how one can access TV programs over the air in the German-speaking countries by using a notebook PC and TV card.
Descriptors: German, Television, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Schmidt, Johannes – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2008
German hip hop music has proved productive, especially since 2000 when rap in Germany experienced something like a first crisis. As a response, German hip hop artists and record labels have ventured off in several different directions including other musical genres, different topics, and new approaches to German rap. This article discusses the…
Descriptors: Music, Foreign Countries, German, Second Language Instruction
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Donahue, William Collins – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2008
Teaching '68 presents pedagogical challenges far greater than assembling a set of workable classroom materials. Divisive controversies that were the hallmark of the time--e.g., the debate over the nature and appropriate use of violence--are with us still, though in a somewhat different form. Further, the instructor's own politics and positionality…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, North Americans, German, Teaching Methods
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Streitwieser, Bernhard; Lys, Franziska – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2008
Fifteen years after the "peaceful revolutions" brought about the collapse of communism and the reunification of East and West Germany, a heated debate rages over the legacy of communism and the continuing impact of 1989. This paper describes a new course that explores the contentious issues in this debate through the innovative use of…
Descriptors: Social Systems, Teaching Models, Tests, Information Technology
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Even, Susanne – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2008
This article introduces drama pedagogy as an approach with great potential for foreign language acquisition, addressing students' multiple skills and facilitating their communicative and interactional competence. A strong emphasis is placed on social, emotional, and kinesthetic learning that is traditionally neglected in instructional settings.…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Teaching Methods, Drama
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