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Johnson, Catherine – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2007
This article describes six games that instructors of German can use with students from the first year of high school or first semester of German through the fourth year of high school or fourth semester of college German and beyond. Unlike other games in which students must wait their turn to practice their language skills, these games engage the…
Descriptors: Listening Skills, Vocabulary Skills, German, High Schools
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Huth, Thorsten – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2007
In the context of teaching culture, this article presents teaching materials that provide learners of German with opportunities to reflect about, analyze, and practice, how Germans commonly react to compliments. Based on findings from conversation analysis, the materials provide students with rich contextual information and a variety of…
Descriptors: Natural Language Processing, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Pragmatics
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Smith, Sheryl – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 1998
Describes 12 German-American projects designed for high school students of German, including a biography of a German-American; video presentation on German immigration; oral report on German ancestors; Amish, Pennsylvania Dutch, and Mennonites; German inscriptions on cemetery headstones; interview with a German-speaking immigrant; immigration…
Descriptors: Biographies, Class Activities, Cultural Awareness, Food
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Shea, Robert J.; Hoyt, Giles R. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 1998
Argues that the World Wide Web can assist in teaching about German-Americana in German-language instruction, and discusses some basic Web page uses to find and organize literary texts, syllabi, course outlines, images and realia, and information about people, organizations, events, and places. Some of the most useful German-American resources are…
Descriptors: American Studies, Computer Uses in Education, Course Descriptions, Educational Resources
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Rollings-Carter, Faye – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 1992
An approach is offered for U.S. high school students to speak German in the world of business. With the help of a Hamburg-based business, students learned how to read German classified ads, to discuss qualifications and personal characteristics required for specific jobs, and to write narrative job descriptions. (Author/LB)
Descriptors: Career Planning, Employment Opportunities, German, High School Students
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Hager, Michael – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2004
This article provides ideas for teaching culture using of a story-based approach. An overview of the story-based approach followed by a discussion about the application of this method to the teaching of culture in the beginning German classroom is presented. The primary cultural focus is on the teaching of geography for German speaking countries.
Descriptors: Geography, Foreign Countries, German, Teaching Methods
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Barnes, Linda Horvay – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 1992
Ways are presented that German composers and painters can be introduced to second-year language students through interactive oral presentations using cassettes, reproductions of art works, and slides. (Author/LB)
Descriptors: Artists, Classroom Communication, Cultural Awareness, German
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Magedanz, Joseph – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2004
"What to teach" is a question faced in first-year German courses, and depending on the desired goals, instructors cover a variety of areas, often omitting portions of first-year textbooks, either for lack of time or for pedagogical reasons, resulting in the omission of several features, including passive. Since students can benefit from passive in…
Descriptors: Textbooks, German, Introductory Courses, Communicative Competence (Languages)
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Rieger, Caroline L. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2003
This paper presents empirical results from an analysis of English and German conversational fillers produced by bilinguals. They reveal that even accomplished bilinguals do not display an overall native-like realization of conversational fillers in their second language (L2). Along with the findings of L2 studies showing that the comprehension and…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, German, Bilingualism
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Conlon, Kristine M. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 1992
Native English speakers have difficulty determining which form of direct address is appropriate in German, and students also need practice in giving commands to one another. This article describes an easily organized drill covering both areas. (Author/LB)
Descriptors: Games, German, Interpersonal Communication, Language Proficiency
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Kessler, Peggy; James, Charles J. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 1992
"Fantasia-Land" is a text composed by a young woman in a secondary school in Dresden that recounts changes in Germany in the past two years. The text is followed by two essays written in response to it by second-semester German students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. (Author/LB)
Descriptors: Essays, Foreign Countries, German, Higher Education
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Mathieu, Gustave Bording – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 1992
A case is made for the use of the politically provocative photomontages of Heartfield (a.k.a. Berlin-born Helmut Herzfeld) in the German classroom. The interplay of language, art, culture, and history makes them especially useful as realia. A model for teaching them is presented, including a chronology and nine reproductions. (Author/LB)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, European History, Foreign Countries, German
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Jacobsen, Eric Paul – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 1998
A "shop-around" activity for German classroom communicative practice is described. The exercise is a reasoning-gap activity in which the students seek out specific items or use a shopping list to search for and/or acquire using play money. Preparatory exercises, follow-up activities, and variations of the activity for different…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Communicative Competence (Languages), German, Instructional Materials
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Levine, Glenn S.; Eppelsheimer, Natalie; Kuzay, Franz; Moti, Simona; Wilby, Jason – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2004
The article presents a format for intermediate, university-level German instruction called "global simulation" (GS) as the curricular manifestation of several recent trends in the literature on instructed second-language acquisition, in particular interactionist and task-based approaches, sociocultural theory, and the acquisition of intercultural…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Communicative Competence (Languages), German, Second Language Instruction