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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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Hock, Lisabeth; Peterson, Brent – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2019
Both of the participants in this dialogue are professors of German, and both were involved in recent efforts to develop Global Studies programs at their institutions. While one teaches at a small, private, liberal arts college and the other at a large, urban, public research university, both participated in these projects with the pragmatic desire…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, German, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Bauerlein, Katrina; Shertzer, Rebecca – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2019
Preparing lifelong, world-ready German learners means German language instructors must intentionally incorporate globalized themes and tasks into the high school German curriculum. In 2010, the College Board redesigned the AP German Language and Culture Exam to meet these needs. The new exam encompasses six course themes and requires students to…
Descriptors: German, Language Teachers, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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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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Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2019
In fall 2016, a group of scholars gathered at the 40th German Studies Association convention in San Diego, CA, in a space called the Eaton Room, for a seminar on multilingualism in German Studies. After three days sharing this space of dialogue, members returned home to their various teaching and research settings and, reflecting further on…
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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Twark, Jill E.; Franch, Daniel J.; Vaughan, Paige – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2018
Although abundant research studies explore team teaching and co-teaching, research is lacking on apprentice teaching with undergraduates, especially in U.S. world language classes. This article presents a practical apprentice teaching model for teaching beginning German with undergraduate students. The model was successful because the professor…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, German, Second Language Instruction, College Faculty
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Buder, Laura J. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2018
Over the last few years, I have seen a significant impact on student learning from improving and adapting my instruction in three main areas: backward designing instruction for target proficiency levels, transitioning to standards-based grading, and implementing performance-based assessments that focus on proficiency. These strategies have not…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Proficiency
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Taleghani-Nikazm, Carmen – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2016
This paper offers an instructional unit on the response token "achja" in everyday German conversation. The paper first provides a description of "achja" and its distinctive prosodic features based on empirical research in conversation analysis. The goal of the paper is to provide instructors of German with information and…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Instructional Materials
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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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DiBiase-Lubrano, Mary Jo – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2018
Language testing is an integral part of teaching and learning, yet most language faculty do not receive adequate training for developing tests (Taylor, [Taylor, L., 2009]). Most have advanced degrees in literary and cultural studies in the target language but often have insufficient training in pedagogy and assessment. This shortcoming is alarming…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Tests
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Chavez, Monika – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2011
This study of 134 college-level learners of German, enrolled in four years of instruction, showed them to "essentialize" German grammar when asked to describe it to a hypothetical friend. Kubota defined the term essentialization to capture learners' views of the target culture. Its main characteristic is the presupposition of "essential, stable,…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, German, College Students, Second Language Learning
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Schierloh, Maren; Hayes-Harb, Rachel – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2008
The article details a two-phase study investigating the relative contributions of talker-familiarity and talker-intelligibility to L2 listening comprehension by learners in a classroom setting. Students from beginning to low-intermediate German FL classes participated in German language listening tasks, being exposed to speech by their German…
Descriptors: Listening Comprehension, Familiarity, German, Second Language Learning
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Tschirner, Erwin – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2007
In 2002, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education Programs (NCATE) established Advanced Low (AL) as the minimal level of oral proficiency for foreign language teacher candidates. However, AL is not a level commonly reached by graduates of foreign language programs. Additional language training focusing on the development of…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Immersion Programs, Second Language Learning, Oral Language
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Walther, Ingeborg – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2009
In calling for new governance structures and unified curricula, the MLA Report distinguishes between instrumental and constitutive views of language that characterize our often schizophrenic agendas of language acquisition on the one hand, and disciplinary knowledge on the other. This paper explores some common theoretical insights from the fields…
Descriptors: Graduate Study, Governance, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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