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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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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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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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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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Bernhardt, Elizabeth; Nissler, Paul; Leffell, Cici Malik – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2020
The contemporary watchword within curricular discussions in German is integration across multiple linguistic levels and literacy dimensions. This article contributes to the discussion by chronicling how one university responded and contributed to curricular currents in German, constructing concrete documents reflective of those currents. The…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Instruction, Curriculum Development, Oral Language
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Cooper, Gabriel – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2020
In the interest of fostering a socially critical and inclusive German Studies, this article urges instructors to pursue curricular reforms to diversify and decolonize German curricula at colleges and universities. While the literary canon's centrality to the German major has tended to leave monolithic impressions of "Germany" and…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Liberal Arts
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Pollack-Milgate, Howard – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2019
This article argues that vital resources for teaching the relationship of German and the global to advanced undergraduate language students can be found in a critical approach to the rich tradition of cosmopolitanism in canonical German-language texts. One especially rich vein of this tradition is the historical depiction of relationships between…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Undergraduate Students
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Wurst, Karin A. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2021
Aimed at Ph.D. programs in German, this article offers a broad framework to discuss the urgent issues facing our programs to stem the tide of (possible or even likely) disinvestment in German in times of fiscal hardship. Many conversations on suitable reforms tend to be held separately by different stakeholders -- teaching-focused faculty or…
Descriptors: Educational Change, German, Doctoral Programs, College Second Language Programs
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Miller, Matthew D. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2020
This article details recent efforts to develop the undergraduate German curriculum with a focus on innovations in on-site linguistic and cultural-historical learning. Amid challenges stemming from the shifting functions of higher education, the changing profiles of student interests, and the evolving contours of our field, 21st-century German…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Undergraduate Students
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Wagner, Susanne M.; Hoecherl-Alden, Gisela – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2020
More than ever, faculty need to ensure that undergraduate curricula not only provide students with tools to gain linguistic proficiency but also teach them to analyze both written and visual information to attain historical literacy. Developing both intercultural proficiency and insights into various historical memorialization processes ensures…
Descriptors: German, History Instruction, Literacy, Language Proficiency
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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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Groepper, Emily – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2022
Responding to Donato and Brooks's (2004) call for undergraduate students to have more opportunities to engage in discourse at the advanced proficiency level, collaborative dialogues provide students with a situation conducive to language production and learning (Swain, 1997). As most of the research on collaborative dialogues has focused on the…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Discussion (Teaching Technique), German Literature, Advanced Courses
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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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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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