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O'Brien, Traci S. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2020
In the literature on intercultural competence, such competence, or set of competencies, is desirable precisely because a globalized world needs world citizens who are at home everywhere and can deal effectively with alterity -- presumably in order to be agents of positive change. To remain relevant, we as teachers in German Studies need…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, German
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O'Brien, Traci S. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2022
Scholars in our profession have long called attention to the gap between language classes and upper-level content courses. Some current trends, such as decolonizing the curriculum and using the lens of social justice, are highlighting an additional gap, which they perceive in students' preparedness to deal justly with an unjust world. This article…
Descriptors: Guidelines, Language Proficiency, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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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