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Pittman, Iulia – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2022
German is a pluricentric language with many standard and nonstandard varieties. Students of German are usually unaware of its rich regional variation, and studies attribute this to limited resources and instructional time (van Kerckvoorde, 2012). The "DACH" model of teaching German, which includes linguistic and cultural elements from…
Descriptors: Regional Characteristics, Differences, Language Variation, German
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Scott Windham; Kristin Lange – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2024
This study investigated the relative ease or difficulty of grammar commonly taught in intermediate (second-year) German at the university level. Previous studies have investigated the ease or difficulty of specific grammar structures, factors that make it difficult to learn L2 grammar, and teachers' and learners' perceptions of difficult grammar.…
Descriptors: German, Grammar, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Heidt, Marium Abugasea – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2022
With the goal of exploring a motivating way to approach world language teaching and learning in order to promote lifelong language learning, this article reports on a year-long, collaborative action research study of two middle-school German classes that used an imagined communities curriculum. The curriculum, co-constructed with the classroom…
Descriptors: Imagination, Student Participation, Middle School Students, German
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Schuhmann, Katharina S.; Smith, Laura Catharine – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2022
German plural formation appears unsystematic and largely arbitrary to many second language (L2) learners. While some approaches have attempted to identify patterns and rules to help L2 learners (e.g., Anton et al., 2017; Di Donato & Clyde, 2020; Kraiss, 2014), one central observation from linguistic analysis has been absent from pedagogical…
Descriptors: German, Morphemes, Intonation, Suprasegmentals
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Tarnawska Senel, Magda – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2023
This paper takes a closer look at diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) in the context of German Studies and the language classroom in the United States. The first part of the article examines the terminology, provides a general history of DEI/DEIA in higher education in the United States, and traces the development of DEI…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Social Justice
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Moser, Beverly – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2021
This article reports on an initiative to enrich the German curriculum at all levels via "Climate Stories," a student-centered learning project that capitalizes on the encouraging strides being made in German-speaking countries to combat global climate change. Students identify a real-life "climate story" in the news in German…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Undergraduate Students
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Schenker, Theresa; Sippel, Lieselotte – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2023
Research has shown that world language learners' listening comprehension skills develop at a slower pace than reading or speaking skills, possibly because a systematic approach to developing listening skills is often neglected in classroom contexts. To address this issue, the present study investigated whether listening skills can be improved…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Teaching Methods
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Costabile-Heming, Carol Anne; Halverson, Rachel J. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2023
Writers and literature enjoy a prominent position in the culture and society of the German-speaking world. Today, German-speaking authors actively cultivate an online presence through publishers' websites, personal webpages, blogs, and online forums. In this way, the Internet has transformed the literary reading experience of yore into a…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, German Literature, German, Second Language Learning
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Schwabe, Claudia – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2021
German fairy tales have an established history of appropriation in popular media, from oral traditions to mobile media. The mimetic quality of fairy-tale motifs and tropes provides ideal conditions for intertextual adaptation. In this article, I demonstrate that German fairy-tale themed music videos are powerful vehicles for culture, parody, and…
Descriptors: German, Fairy Tales, Music, Video Technology
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Susanne M. Wagner; Gisela Hoecherl-Alden – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2024
Given that societies across the globe are increasingly multicultural and multilingual, the notion of communicative competence grounded in constricting definitions of national cultures and languages reflects neither our instructional realities nor the sociolinguistic reality of the languages and cultures we teach. To foster students' development of…
Descriptors: German, German Literature, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Kost, Kiley; Peabody, Seth – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2021
Environmental issues have received significant attention in German Studies for a number of years, leading to innovations in both research and pedagogy. More recently, attention has focused on applied pedagogical practices such as service-learning projects and bilateral exchanges related to environmental sustainability. While these initiatives…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Critical Thinking, Service Learning, Sustainability
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Brunow, Beate; Krick-Aigner, Kirsten; Kuhn-Brown, Kerstin – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2021
Sustainability and environmental justice are connected concepts; however, environmental justice serves as a foundation to an approach to sustainability that moves beyond conservation and preservation of resources for current and future generations to explore issues of equity in terms of access to resources and protection from environmental…
Descriptors: Sustainability, Conservation (Environment), Justice, Hazardous Materials
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Schenker, Theresa – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2021
This article describes an advanced German course focusing on the German fairy-tale tradition. Course components are summarized and the themes and selected fairy tales for each unit are outlined. Additionally, 12 creative assignments are explained that were designed to foster students' engagement with the language and content of the fairy tales.…
Descriptors: Fairy Tales, Advanced Courses, German, Second Language Learning
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Stratton, James M. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2023
In a recent study, English-speaking L2 learners of German who received explicit instruction made significantly greater improvements in pronunciation and vocabulary than learners who received implicit instruction. Against the backdrop of this work, the present study reports learner preferences and perceptions about implicit and explicit language…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Preferences, German
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Daniel Walter – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2024
There is a need for a continued focus on language learning in advanced language classes beyond the foundations that are formed in the beginning and intermediate levels. Despite this need, little work exists on how to implement language-focused instruction in upper-level courses. As one possible solution, this paper outlines a functional,…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Language Usage, Authors, German Literature
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