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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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Rothe, Lucian – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2022
This study investigated stereotypes about teachers of German that 67 novice learners of German at a U.S. university had reportedly encountered. Consequently, the investigation explored the perceived accuracy of clichés associated with native-speaker and non-native-speaker instructors. Students' stereotypical notions were sorted into categories…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Learning, College Students, Language Teachers
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Heidt, Marium Abugasea – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2022
With the goal of exploring a motivating way to approach world language teaching and learning in order to promote lifelong language learning, this article reports on a year-long, collaborative action research study of two middle-school German classes that used an imagined communities curriculum. The curriculum, co-constructed with the classroom…
Descriptors: Imagination, Student Participation, Middle School Students, German
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Schuhmann, Katharina S.; Smith, Laura Catharine – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2022
German plural formation appears unsystematic and largely arbitrary to many second language (L2) learners. While some approaches have attempted to identify patterns and rules to help L2 learners (e.g., Anton et al., 2017; Di Donato & Clyde, 2020; Kraiss, 2014), one central observation from linguistic analysis has been absent from pedagogical…
Descriptors: German, Morphemes, Intonation, Suprasegmentals
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Chen, Yannleon – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2022
This observational study examines the use of the German hip-hop music video, "Gute Menschen" by the band OK KID (2015), as a basis for developing students' symbolic competence regarding contemporary discourse on racism in Germany. Based on earlier investigations (Putnam, 2006; Sosulski, 2013), this article advocates for the use of German…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Racism, College Students, Music
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Schenker, Theresa; Sippel, Lieselotte – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2023
Research has shown that world language learners' listening comprehension skills develop at a slower pace than reading or speaking skills, possibly because a systematic approach to developing listening skills is often neglected in classroom contexts. To address this issue, the present study investigated whether listening skills can be improved…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Teaching Methods
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Costabile-Heming, Carol Anne; Halverson, Rachel J. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2023
Writers and literature enjoy a prominent position in the culture and society of the German-speaking world. Today, German-speaking authors actively cultivate an online presence through publishers' websites, personal webpages, blogs, and online forums. In this way, the Internet has transformed the literary reading experience of yore into a…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, German Literature, German, Second Language Learning
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Chavez, Monika – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2020
This study examined why current university learners of French, Spanish, Russian, and Japanese, and, for comparative purposes, actual university learners of German, believe that others and why they themselves would study German. Responses were compared against current motivation theories, narratives promoted by academic language programs, research…
Descriptors: College Students, Second Language Learning, Preferences, German
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Stratton, James M. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2023
In a recent study, English-speaking L2 learners of German who received explicit instruction made significantly greater improvements in pronunciation and vocabulary than learners who received implicit instruction. Against the backdrop of this work, the present study reports learner preferences and perceptions about implicit and explicit language…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Preferences, German
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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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Bernhardt, Elizabeth; Nissler, Paul; Leffell, Cici Malik – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2020
The contemporary watchword within curricular discussions in German is integration across multiple linguistic levels and literacy dimensions. This article contributes to the discussion by chronicling how one university responded and contributed to curricular currents in German, constructing concrete documents reflective of those currents. The…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Instruction, Curriculum Development, Oral Language
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Miller, Matthew D. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2020
This article details recent efforts to develop the undergraduate German curriculum with a focus on innovations in on-site linguistic and cultural-historical learning. Amid challenges stemming from the shifting functions of higher education, the changing profiles of student interests, and the evolving contours of our field, 21st-century German…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Undergraduate Students
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Sippel, Lieselotte – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2020
The present study investigated learners' beliefs about peer interaction (PI) and peer corrective feedback (PCF) in the language classroom. A group of third-semester German learners (the--PCF group) participated in peer interaction activities, specifically conversations and discussions with other learners. Another group of third-semester German…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Learning, Peer Relationship, Peer Evaluation
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