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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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Pittman, Iulia – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2022
German is a pluricentric language with many standard and nonstandard varieties. Students of German are usually unaware of its rich regional variation, and studies attribute this to limited resources and instructional time (van Kerckvoorde, 2012). The "DACH" model of teaching German, which includes linguistic and cultural elements from…
Descriptors: Regional Characteristics, Differences, Language Variation, German
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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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Baumgartner, Karin; Brown, Connor; Demschar, Isabel; Rellaford, David; Tanner, Keaton; Thomas, Alyssa – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2022
The article discusses a year-long outreach activity, "Sparking interest in German." Five University of Utah German students engaged in the AATG/Goethe-Institut-sponsored SPARK program and taught German to local middle schoolers. At the heart of this outreach project were questions such as whether student-run outreach programs could truly…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, German, Outreach Programs, Student Interests
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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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Nenno, Nancy P. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2022
The current focus on diversity and inclusion amid calls to decolonize the German curriculum prompts us once again to examine what we understand to be "German" about German Studies. This article pursues this agenda by addressing a lacuna in our understanding and representation of migrants to Germany, specifically the presence, history,…
Descriptors: Diversity, Inclusion, German, Immigrants
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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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Tarnawska Senel, Magda – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2023
This paper takes a closer look at diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) in the context of German Studies and the language classroom in the United States. The first part of the article examines the terminology, provides a general history of DEI/DEIA in higher education in the United States, and traces the development of DEI…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Social Justice
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Moser, Beverly – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2021
This article reports on an initiative to enrich the German curriculum at all levels via "Climate Stories," a student-centered learning project that capitalizes on the encouraging strides being made in German-speaking countries to combat global climate change. Students identify a real-life "climate story" in the news in German…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Undergraduate Students
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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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Schweiger, Franziska – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2021
This article examines the intersection of contingent faculty labor and institutional diversity on the student and faculty level of U.S. German Studies. Sara Ahmed's notion of "diversity as phenomenology" (2012, p. 173) provides a conceptual framework to show that active diversity work in the German classroom has a feedback effect and…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Inclusion, College Faculty, Diversity (Institutional)
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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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