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Nolan, Daniel – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2021
This article explores the intersection of international collaboration and community-engaged learning in the context of a curriculum development project focused on sustainability in German-speaking cultures. By closing the loop in international exchange between partners abroad and local community organizations, students in German Studies programs…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Sustainability, International Cooperation, Curriculum Development
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Coleman, Nicole; Guntersdorfer, Ivett – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2019
In this conversation, two U.S.-trained German language and culture educators discuss their approaches to intercultural communicative competence (ICC). Working in different educational settings -- in a German and Global Studies program at a public university in the U.S., and at the Institute for Intercultural Communication of a German university…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Language Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Intercultural Communication
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Joo, Hyoun-A; Tuschling, Lina – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2022
The development of intercultural communicative competence (ICC) becomes increasingly important in the world language curriculum and a crucial goal to prepare students for real-life communicative situations outside of the classroom. This article discusses how a simulation exercise based on the contentious construction of the Tesla Gigafactory in…
Descriptors: Role Playing, Cultural Awareness, Intercultural Communication, Authentic Learning
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Nenno, Nancy P. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2019
Striving to be more representative in their answer to the question, "What is German," many programs are expanding their curricula to include the history and perspectives of Black Germans and Austrians. Through discussion of a course on "Die afrikanische Diaspora im deutschsprachigen Europa," this article argues that examining…
Descriptors: German, Guidelines, Rating Scales, Second Language Learning
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Kautz, Elizabeth A. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2021
As language pedagogy evolves and the pressure to articulate the value of the humanities in undergraduate education mounts, new curricular models are needed more than ever. The course "Sustainability in Germany: Recreation, Education, Innovation" is a response to that need. Originally designed to include a short-term study abroad…
Descriptors: Sustainability, Study Abroad, Curriculum Development, COVID-19
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Finger, Anke; Tracksdorf, Niko – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2019
Changing public demands and decreasing enrollment numbers have challenged the traditional concept of teaching languages, cultures, and literatures in the U.S. Although nationwide enrollment numbers in German programs have been declining, "global" German Studies programs such as the ones at the University of Connecticut and the University…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Chalupa, Cynthia; Hoecherl-Alden, Gisela – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2019
German, and increasingly French and Spanish, programs are by nature global because they attract graduate students and faculty from around the world. Most have studied the language and "big C" cultural products during their graduate studies, but they have not necessarily learned approaches for fostering intercultural communicative…
Descriptors: German, Graduate Students, Teaching Assistants, College Second Language Programs
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Meindl, Joerg – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2016
The German classroom should prepare students for the linguistic diversity of the target culture, including regional varieties and German spoken outside of the D-A-CH region. Because textbooks do not often include materials on regional varieties, this article presents a model to incorporate Pennsylvania German (PG) into the curriculum. The model…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Variation
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Euler, Sasha S. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2017
This article presents a detailed methodological outline for teaching culture through project work. It is argued that because project work makes it possible to gain transferrable and applicable knowledge and insight, it is the ideal tool for teaching culture with the aim of achieving real intercultural communicative competence (ICC). Preceding the…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, German, Cultural Education, Active Learning
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Jensen, Birgit A. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2019
The article proposes using the flipped learning approach to gain more classroom time for activities that help learners interact with cultural content so that they may achieve critical cultural awareness, one of the components of Intercultural Communicative Competence (ICC). It first distinguishes between the terms "flipped classroom" and…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Teaching Methods, Blended Learning, Cultural Awareness
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Grewling, Nicole – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2019
Students' learning progress in areas such as language proficiency or cultural awareness is considerable while studying abroad, but specific preparation, engagement with, and reflection of their experiences can increase these benefits and particularly students' awareness of them. This article offers an overview of a study abroad portfolio that was…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Second Language Learning, Language Proficiency, Cultural Awareness
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Parkes, Lisa – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2012
This article focuses on approaches to teaching dramatic comedy in an upper-level undergraduate course. In particular, it outlines how the genre of comedy permits a special focus on Austria, where the rich tradition of comedy holds a prominent place in German-speaking Europe. I argue that dramatic comedy grants language learners a unique…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, German, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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Cliver, Gwyneth E.; Khazanchi, Deepak – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2011
Recognizing the global role of information technology, this article describes a USDOE-funded transatlantic mobility program in the area of IT project management. The project enhances intercultural as well as German language skills and promotes a mutual understanding of EU and US cultures. The relationship between IT and German-language programs…
Descriptors: Cultural Literacy, Information Technology, Foreign Countries, Language Skills
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Schueller, Jeanne – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2007
Instructors rely on asynchronous exchanges to provide learners with authentic input and opportunities to communicate in the TL. While most practitioners recognize the advantages of e-mail exchanges, learner benefits are not an automatic byproduct of participation in an exchange. This paper presents findings from an e-mail exchange carried out…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, German, Native Speakers, Intercultural Communication
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Mueller-Vollmer, Kurt – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 1998
Letters by German-American writer and political scientist Francis Lieber and American lawyer and linguist John Pickering to Wilhem von Humboldt in Berlin, published here for the first time, give insight into the cultural interaction between Germany and the United States during the Jacksonian era, and may open new perspectives for German-American…
Descriptors: American Studies, Cross Cultural Studies, German, Intercultural Communication
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