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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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Frackman, Kyle – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2011
This essay focuses on advanced-level German instruction and advocates an open, flexible approach to integrating the recommendations of the much-discussed 2007 MLA report on "Foreign Languages and Higher Education." Specifically, language, literature, film, and cultural studies are combined to allow for the development of transcultural competence…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Advanced Courses
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Kahnke, Corinna; Stehle, Maria – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2011
In North American universities, pop culture increasingly appears in the German Studies classroom to "spice up" the curriculum. But what is conveyed and taught and how is it inserted into the curriculum and into the US cultural context? This article explores three examples of popular culture in the German Studies classroom:…
Descriptors: Universities, Popular Culture, Foreign Countries, Cultural Context
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Rasmussen, Ann Marie – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2011
This article describes an undergraduate, German-language course that aimed to improve students' language skills, critical thinking, and declarative knowledge of German history and culture by studying multiple manifestations of the legend of Siegfried the Dragonslayer. The course used web-based e-learning tools to address two major learning…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, Cultural Literacy
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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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Tatlock, Lynne – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2010
This article identifies recent indicators of the state of German Studies in the United States with special attention to postsecondary enrollments in German. It additionally reviews challenges to the postsecondary teaching of German as they manifest themselves both locally and nationally, including the positioning of German Studies in the life of…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Higher Education, German, Second Language Learning
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Schallie, Charlotte; Thorson, Helga – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2012
In this article we present an integrated curricular model for addressing the transition from the intermediate to the advanced language level through peer-assisted learning activities in the post-secondary German classroom. In a series of group projects between students in second- and third-year conversation courses, we employed a learner-centered…
Descriptors: Peer Teaching, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, German
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Kramsch, Claire; Gerhards, Sascha – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2012
In her recently published book "The Multilingual Subject: What foreign language learners say about their experience and why it matters", UC Berkeley applied-linguist Claire Kramsch approaches language learning from a new, visionary perspective. Foregrounding the interplay of cultural aspects in language learning, Kramsch understands…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Interviews
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Urlaub, Per – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2011
Literary reading skills in a second language (L2) are essential for student success at the advanced levels of collegiate language instruction. This article introduces an instructional approach that fosters the development of L2 literary reading skills through creative writing activities. First, the article identifies those skills that language…
Descriptors: Creative Writing, Reading Skills, German, Second Language Learning
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Baumgartner, Karin – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2012
This article describes a five-week module on "Switzerland as a multi-ethnic society" intended to counteract the popular image of Switzerland as a homogenous country concerned mostly with tourism, chocolate, and watches. Instead, the module treats Switzerland through topics such as the definition of identity in a multi-ethnic society, the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Units of Study, Cultural Pluralism, Politics
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Sundquist, John – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2010
This article focuses on the benefits of using short film in the German classroom at the secondary or post-secondary level. The article addresses a number of characteristics of short films that lend themselves well to the classroom, including their abbreviated length, artistic innovation, and compact storytelling. In addition to discussing specific…
Descriptors: German, Foreign Language Films, Second Language Instruction, Secondary Education
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Kutch, Lynn Marie – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2014
This article argues that instructors can effectively implement visual and multi-modal methods often used in beginner and intermediate courses as effective building blocks to develop skills of literary analysis. The article presents aspects of a mini-curriculum based on "Die Verwandlung," the graphic novel, and examples of student work…
Descriptors: Novels, Cartoons, Visual Literacy, Literary Criticism
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Lindseth, Martina; Brown, Joshua R. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2014
This article discusses a three-course sequence which has been designed to aid students' attainment of Advanced Low proficiency according to ACTFL guidelines. A cycle of iterative tasks (with increasing learner autonomy) within and between the courses in the sequence are highlighted and their implementation discussed. Additionally,…
Descriptors: Metalinguistics, Guidelines, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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Chavez, Monika – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2009
Following a folk linguistic approach, this investigation of first-, second- and fourth-year learners' accounts of German found that (1) few had held pre-conceived notions about German prior to language study; (2) most pre-conceived notions concerned German pronunciation; (3) pre-conceived notions about vocabulary were most likely to influence the…
Descriptors: Contrastive Linguistics, Romance Languages, German, Majors (Students)
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McCarthy, John A. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2010
This contribution responds to the previous three articles by highlighting common concerns across the Americas. It also offers suggestions for how the field of German might want to move forward in an inclusive fashion. Key principles of orientation are EU language policy and transcultural education as a transformative experience in shaping…
Descriptors: Language Planning, Public Policy, German, Second Language Instruction
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