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Megan Wadas; Julia Goetze; Carrie Jackson – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2024
Second-language (L2) learner motivation has been a thriving subfield within L2 acquisition research for decades, particularly since the development of the L2 Motivational Self System (L2MSS), a multi-faceted motivational theory. This survey-based study examines (1) whether L2MSS facets differ between students intending to continue (or discontinue)…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Cultural Awareness
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Sophia Strietholt; Julie Larson-Guenette; Gemini Fox – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2024
This article presents an exploratory genre-based writing lesson conducted in a third-year collegiate German language course. While genre-based approaches to writing have gained recognition in second language (L2) contexts, little attention has been given to learner perceptions of genre-based writing activities. Additionally, there is a lack of…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, German, Writing (Composition), Music
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Scott Windham; Kristin Lange – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2024
This study investigated the relative ease or difficulty of grammar commonly taught in intermediate (second-year) German at the university level. Previous studies have investigated the ease or difficulty of specific grammar structures, factors that make it difficult to learn L2 grammar, and teachers' and learners' perceptions of difficult grammar.…
Descriptors: German, Grammar, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Susanne M. Wagner; Gisela Hoecherl-Alden – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2024
Given that societies across the globe are increasingly multicultural and multilingual, the notion of communicative competence grounded in constricting definitions of national cultures and languages reflects neither our instructional realities nor the sociolinguistic reality of the languages and cultures we teach. To foster students' development of…
Descriptors: German, German Literature, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Daniel Walter – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2024
There is a need for a continued focus on language learning in advanced language classes beyond the foundations that are formed in the beginning and intermediate levels. Despite this need, little work exists on how to implement language-focused instruction in upper-level courses. As one possible solution, this paper outlines a functional,…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Language Usage, Authors, German Literature
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Brigitte Rossbacher – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2024
This article highlights how Wolfgang Herrndorf's bestselling novel "Tschick" (2010) is particularly well suited for advanced courses focused on cultural and linguistic enrichment. Herrndorf's "Tschick," I argue, facilitates interaction, engagement, and individual interpretation; is linguistically accessible because of its use…
Descriptors: Novels, Advanced Courses, Enrichment, College Students
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Sarah Painitz – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2024
This paper provides concrete suggestions for teaching two Holocaust testimonies, Irene Hauser's diary and Ruth Klüger's memoir "Still Alive." Hauser's and Klüger's texts effectively illustrate the differences between diaries and memoirs while recounting similar experiences. Such a comparative analysis, I argue, achieves two goals: First,…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Autobiographies