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Baumgartner, Karin – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2017
The article explores the benefits of extensive reading in the beginning German language classroom. Employing a simplified version of Johanna Spyri's novel "Heidi," the article brings together research on extensive reading and cultural literacy in a unit dedicated to the incorporation of Switzerland into the German language curriculum.…
Descriptors: German, Cultural Literacy, Novels, Introductory Courses
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Sosulski, Michael J. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2013
This article explores the possibilities for effecting Transformative Learning in students of German language and culture through the use of popular music videos, in both the target and the students' own languages. Transformative Learning, a term that has differing valences in numerous academic disciplines, is employed here in its social-scientific…
Descriptors: Transformative Learning, Popular Culture, German, Critical Viewing
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Becker, Angelika; DeMaris, Sarah Glenn; Moller-Tank, Beth – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2013
The article presents and discusses materials for a cultural lesson about Green Germany. An introductory mini-unit frames the over-all student learning objective: students should be able to respond to the questions "Where are we?" and "Where are we going?" with regard to the natural environment. Three different units then help…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Programs, Program Descriptions, Units of Study
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Bridges, Elizabeth – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2009
This article examines the phenomenon of graphic novels generally, and in particular, their utility in second-language contexts via the example of the graphic adaptation of Klaus Kordoris "Der erste Fruhling." This text lends itself especially to bridging thematic gaps in 20th-century German literature courses, as well as the "language/literature…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Writing Assignments, German, Second Language Instruction
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O'Brien, Traci S. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2009
While much attention has been paid to the gap between beginning language instruction and literature courses, there is another gap which presents significant challenges to college instructors, namely the gap in proficiency levels between students in the same third-year course. This article argues that bridging this particular gap can productively…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Literature, Language Proficiency
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Goertler, Senta – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2009
This article discusses how new and familiar computer technology tools can be used in a communicative language classroom. It begins by outlining the benefits and challenges of using such technology for language teaching in general, and it describes some sample activities that the author has used. Readers are shown how to implement various computer…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Uses in Education, Technology Integration, Technology Education
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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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Lutcavage, Charles – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 1992
Assorted techniques are offered for introducing authentic German video into the intermediate language curriculum. Television commercials, weather forecasts, and news programs are described as tools for enhancing listening comprehension and expanding students' cultural awareness. Various preparatory activities and follow-up assignments are…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, German, Listening Comprehension, News Media
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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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Weber, Hans – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2001
Explores whether and how an offering of authentic texts can be made useful for a German class that is focused on German culture and geography. Learning goals and practical strategies are derived from the unique characteristics of the texts. (Author/DMK)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Cultural Awareness, Foreign Countries, Geography
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Froehlich, Jurgen – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 1996
"Deutsche Welle" broadcasts German television programs, which are becoming increasingly popular in the United States. Available around the clock every day of the year, these programs offer new and interesting opportunities to make German instruction lively and attractive. This report is concerned with practical considerations and is…
Descriptors: Broadcast Television, Classroom Techniques, German, Higher Education
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Arend, Jutta – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2001
Suggests "Landeskundlichen" is an indispensable part of German instruction and presents teaching ideas on the topic. (VWL)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Cultural Awareness, Foreign Countries, German
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King, Lynda J. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2000
Outlines how a Web site for a three-term German literature course at Oregon State University was created and used. Assesses the teaching of the Web-dependent version of the course, evaluates how the Internet enhances the course, and concludes by reporting on the response to the Web site. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Course Evaluation, German, Graduate Study
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Weber, Hans – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2000
Suggests the use of fairy tales in German foreign language instruction at the intermediate level. This suggestion is established using features of the Grimm genre and clarified using concrete examples. (Author/DMK)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Fairy Tales, German, Language Styles
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Pfeffer, J. Alan – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2001
Catalogs new compound nouns in a recent German publication and suggests possibilities for using them as a springboard for vocabulary development in class. (VWL)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, German, Nouns, Second Language Instruction
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