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Frackman, Kyle – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2011
This essay focuses on advanced-level German instruction and advocates an open, flexible approach to integrating the recommendations of the much-discussed 2007 MLA report on "Foreign Languages and Higher Education." Specifically, language, literature, film, and cultural studies are combined to allow for the development of transcultural competence…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Advanced Courses
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Melin, Charlotte; Laun, Jurgen – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2007
The essay recommends the incorporation of contemporary works in third-year courses at college level based on the redesign of two courses, "Advanced Conversation and Composition" and "GermanMedia." Curricular connections across the German studies major and focus on literacy skills can be enhanced through the systematic integration of recent…
Descriptors: Literacy, German, Curriculum Development, Second Language Instruction
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Hasty, Will – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2006
Based on practical experience in a new online beginning German course sequence, the author of this essay argues that contemporary cultural developments associated with the emergence of new technologies, particularly computer-assisted language learning, provide new opportunities to theorize German Studies curricula from the beginning level onward.…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Curriculum Design, German, Computer Assisted Instruction
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Finger, Anke – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2001
Describes a project for first-year German that combines integration of standards with computer technology. Based on ongoing curricular changes in German programs, the focus on language instruction increasingly includes German studies approaches that introduce content-based and culture-oriented instruction as early as possible. Suggests using the…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Computer Uses in Education, Cultural Awareness, Foreign Countries
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Berman, Russell A.; Bernhardt, Elizabeth B. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 1999
Traces the development of innovations and renovations in the graduate and undergraduate German-studies program at Stanford University. Examines the conceptual framework within which the faculty was operating, discusses the practicalities and specifics of three experimental approaches within the German-studies undergraduate curriculum, and…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Change Strategies, College Second Language Programs, Curriculum Design
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Davidheiser, James C. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 1999
Discusses declining enrollments in German as a foreign language programs and what can be done to offset the erosion in small undergraduate programs. Twelve ways to attract students to German, ranging from placement strategy to technology, and fifteen ways to retain them, such as offering German social events and internships, are presented.…
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), Educational Technology, Extracurricular Activities, German
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Divers, Greg – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 1995
Introduces classroom materials with which African American students who are studying German can identify. The article shows that contemporary German poetry and the work of African American poets in German translation offer many possibilities for exercises that speak directly to African American students at all levels. (25 references) (Author/CK)
Descriptors: Change Agents, Cultural Influences, German, High School Students
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Elorduy, Esther; And Others – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 1996
Reviews the status of the German-as-a-foreign-language classroom and teacher education at the university level in Mexico, describing the teacher education course in the language center at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Also discusses distance learning in the area of German teacher training, which creates educational opportunities…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Distance Education, Foreign Countries, German
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Arens, Katherine – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 1999
Presents a new term in German language literacy and cultural studies: germanophone, which parallels the widely accepted terms, anglophone and francophone. Lack of the term highlights the reality that current German studies still bears traces of its origins in a particular definition of German nationalism (which must be overcome if German culture…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Cultural Influences, Cultural Literacy, Foreign Countries
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Weber, Richard A. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2000
Summarizes the assumptions and curricular progression of the traditional German program and elaborates a possible alternative curriculum recently instituted at Transylvania University that hopes to move undergraduate German instruction in a different direction. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, German, Higher Education, Program Descriptions
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Blickle, Peter – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 1998
Recounts one teacher's experience in teaching the concept of childhood and 19th-century German children's books in a fourth semester German course. Outlines the methodology, evaluates the accomplishments of the course, and discusses the problems encountered. The students' familiarity with some of the images, symbols, and experiences shown in the…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Comparative Analysis, Course Descriptions, Cultural Awareness
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Benseler, David P. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2001
Updates previous compilations published in this journal. The current listing contains references to 111 dissertations in German language and literature, comparative literature, and foreign and second language education with applicability to learning and teaching German. (VWL)
Descriptors: Doctoral Degrees, German, Higher Education, Literature
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Ashby, Wendy; Ostertag, Veronica – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2002
Investigates the effectiveness of an interactive, computer-mediated instructional segment designed to educate students about ethnicity in German-speaking countries. Fifty-two intermediate German students worked with computer-mediated segments and rated the segments' effectiveness on a Likert-scale questionnaire. (AS)
Descriptors: Computer Software, Ethnicity, Foreign Countries, German
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Van Handle, Donna C.; Ayres, Evelyn; Cimino, Ellen; Dunn, Bryan; Foell, Kimberly; McCarthy, Jennifer K. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2001
Describes the creation and use of Web sites developed by secondary school teachers of German and European history who participated in an NEH-sponsored summer institute titled "Post-Wall Germany: Integrating Post-Unification German Culture into the High School Curriculum. Teacher participants also offer suggestions for using sites they created…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Foreign Countries, German, High Schools
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Esa, Mohamed – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 1999
Describes how German proverbs and idioms can be purposefully and efficiently incorporated into the German foreign-language classroom. Presents a holistic model with exercises on lexical approximations, semantic understanding, and pragmatic usage. Eighteen "vehicles" (chain reactions, association games) are introduced. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Games, German, Idioms
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