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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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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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Heidrich, Emily; Kraemer, Angelika – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2018
As an internal expansion of the Language Proficiency Flagship Initiative at Michigan State University, 172 students of German took ACTFL proficiency tests in three modalities (speaking, listening, and reading) over the course of three years. The test scores and background survey data were analyzed to determine proficiency levels of students at the…
Descriptors: German, Case Studies, College Second Language Programs, Second Language Learning
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Abrams, Zsuzsanna; Schiestl, Simone Berchtold – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2017
German is a language with multiple standard and non-standard varieties (Fagan, 2009). Yet L2 textbooks still favor one standard form, offering little information about other varieties of the language. In particular, Austrian and Swiss Standard German are underrepresented, and even when present, the language is often in a mixture of dialect and…
Descriptors: German, Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Goertler, Senta – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2019
This collaborative research project developed out of an undergraduate German class in an abroad context, which had the goal of assisting students in maximizing their experience through awareness-raising activities including action research. Here we focus on the collaborative action research projects conducted by the students. Each of the five…
Descriptors: Action Research, Undergraduate Students, Study Abroad, Learning Experience
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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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Brubaker, Cate – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2017
While participation in study abroad continues to increase, and both pre-departure and in-country support and interventions have become more robust, the re-entry experience after a program ends still typically takes a back seat to other priorities. Consequently, most students are left to navigate the re-entry transition on their own. This article…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, German
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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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Cagle, Len – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2011
Study abroad is often treated in terms of individual student outcomes, and has recently been discussed as potentially detrimental to smaller language programs--in that student participation in semester- or year-long programs subtracts from enrollments in upper-level courses. In this article, the promotion of study abroad in a small German program…
Descriptors: Small Colleges, Student Participation, College Programs, German
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Braunbeck, Helga G. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2011
The MLA Report on "Foreign Languages and Higher Education: New Structures for a Changed World" has been criticized for focusing its proposals on large German programs. This article attempts to show how some of its recommendations can also be implemented in smaller language programs. These programs exist within a network of relations to other…
Descriptors: International Studies, Academic Achievement, Cooperation, Foreign Countries
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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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Badstubner, Tina; Ecke, Peter – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2009
This study investigated students' motives for participating in a short-term study abroad program in Germany, their expectations about learning progress at the beginning of the program, and their perceived progress in various language skills at the end of the program. Findings indicated that students' expectations were higher than their perceived…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Listening Skills, Language Skills
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Condray, Kathleen – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2007
The benefits of Language for Specific Purposes programs in engineering are well-known, but such programs are impractical for smaller universities and colleges. RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering) is a new opportunity for undergraduate students that allows smaller programs to appeal to engineering students and their professors to…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Engineering Education, Engineering, Work Experience
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Streitwieser, Bernhard; Leephaibul, Robin – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2007
Research opportunities for undergraduates in the social sciences remain relatively rare. If they exist at all they are usually in the natural sciences and engineering. In study abroad the situation is particularly pronounced: a semester or year abroad is still more a time for cultural and linguistic immersion than it is for building specific…
Descriptors: Social Sciences, Workshops, Foreign Countries, Research Opportunities
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