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Emm, Amy; Hawkins, Dan – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2020
This article introduces a Bauhaus design apprenticeship for first-semester German as a means of integrating multiple literacies and disciplines. In light of the need for interdisciplinary models of the multiliteracies framework in introductory-level language curricula, a collaboration with the campus makerspace can enhance the humanities' critical…
Descriptors: Design, Apprenticeships, Introductory Courses, Multiple Literacies
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Ruck, Julia – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2020
Sociocognitive (Atkinson, 2011) and complex dynamic systems approaches (Larsen-Freeman & Cameron, 2008) highlight the inextricable connectedness of social and cognitive phenomena in second language (L2) learning. Previous research found numerous ties between L2 learning and both learners' sociocultural background as well as their affective…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, German
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Benjamin, John D.; Donohue-Bergeler, Devon; Fuchs, Katrin; Lorenz, Alexander – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2020
This case study addresses the language-culture divide contributing to curricular bifurcation in many collegiate language departments and presents a lesson plan to help language instructors bridge the gap. The lesson on public transportation is designed for first-semester second language (L2) German students and focuses on a guided reading of a…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Video Technology, German, College Students
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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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Kraiss, Andrew – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2014
This paper is a study of a method for teaching German gender and plural assignment developed by the late Donald Steinmetz. My primary source for classroom material was the unpublished handbook for students that Steinmetz co-authored with Donald Nelson, The Joy of Gender: A Student Handbook made available to me by his son, Erik Steinmetz. In the…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Teaching Methods
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Shaver, Annis N. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2012
Many students enroll in language classes with the instrumentally motivated goal of satisfying a requirement. This article argues that instructors can influence students' motivation toward more integrative motivation by helping them make connections with the language community. The "Language Partner" program established for a small German…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, German, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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Knapp, Thyra E. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2012
This article examines the importance of visual culture with regard to its pedagogical applications in the German language classroom. I begin by outlining the benefits and concerns associated with making visual art a part of the curriculum. Next, practical ideas are presented for using paintings in beginning, intermediate, and advanced courses.…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Art Education, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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Steding, Soren – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2009
There are many websites today that offer free machine translations and although beginning students of German are not always proficient enough to judge the quality of these translations or to fully understand certain translation results, they use these services nonetheless for their assignments. The problem for the educator is to distinguish…
Descriptors: Translation, Computational Linguistics, German, Web Sites
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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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Ritterbusch, Rachel; LaFond, Larry; Agustin, Marcus – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2006
This article examines the problems that many beginning L2 learners encounter when dealing with the German case system. It isolates three elements that make case usage challenging: understanding the concept of case itself, identifying grammatical gender, and selecting the correct case marker from a set of overlapping forms. Data from an action…
Descriptors: Grammar, Action Research, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Van Orden, Stephen – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2006
Providing students with lively, authentic comprehensible input is one of the most important tasks of introductory German teachers. Using a Tablet PC can enable teachers to improve the quality of the comprehensible input they provide their students. This article describes how integrating a Tablet PC into daily teaching processes allows classroom…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, German
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Abrams, Zsuzsanna I.; Byrd, David R.; Boovy, Bradley; Mohring, Anja – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2006
Teaching culture in the foreign language (L2) classroom can be a real dilemma for instructors: What culture do we teach? What does it mean to learn about a culture? How can students learn culture? In order to answer these questions, we evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of two types of culture portfolios: a traditional one that used on-line…
Descriptors: Portfolios (Background Materials), German, Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning
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Snider, Daren – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2005
Given the professed orientation toward proficiency development in the foreign language teaching profession, the inclination of textbook authors and publishers to offer communicative activities should be quite strong. This study analyzed the learning activities of six popular first-year college German textbooks and found that half the texts provide…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning, Textbooks, Language Teachers
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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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Lovik, Thomas A. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 1995
Suggests that additional attention to the sequencing of the grammatical structures needed for receptive comprehension might alleviate the problems associated with first-year German textbooks. The simple past tense, word order, and the indefinite pronoun "man" are used to illustrate the concept of a receptive grammar. (14 references) (Author/CK)
Descriptors: Charts, Course Objectives, German, Grammar
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