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Roddy, Harry Louis, Jr. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2009
This is a collaborative writing project that is ideally suited for introducing longer narrative writing to second-year students. It involves collaborative learning, group dynamics and extended narrative writing. In the "Rockgruppe-Semesterprojekt", groups of students form fictional rock bands, develop tour itineraries through the German-speaking…
Descriptors: Collaborative Writing, Group Dynamics, Writing Workshops, Writing Instruction
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O'Brien, Traci S. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2009
While much attention has been paid to the gap between beginning language instruction and literature courses, there is another gap which presents significant challenges to college instructors, namely the gap in proficiency levels between students in the same third-year course. This article argues that bridging this particular gap can productively…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Literature, Language Proficiency
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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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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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Wurst, Karin – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2008
Graduate education is a critical mission of Research I universities. In light of the increased attention paid to languages, to assessment, and to the search for new models for teaching and learning in German Departments, a reexamination of how we train our students is called for. A graduate experience that does not compartmentalize too rigorously…
Descriptors: Graduate Study, German, Literature, Research Universities
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Luke, Martina – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2008
The decreasing interest in the study of foreign languages forces us to reconsider and re-evaluate new teaching methods and approaches. Nevertheless, the use of music, in particular modern or pop music, for interdisciplinary studies and students' language skills appears to be still neglected. I claim that the lyrics and music of the popular group…
Descriptors: Classics (Literature), World Literature, Music, Language Skills
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Wickham, Christopher – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2008
The negotiation of a West German identity in the decades that followed World War II can be traced in the issues and movements that preoccupied the populace. These in turn are documented in the work of socially and politically motivated "Liedermacher". Songs thus serve as a point of entry for students into how Germans saw themselves in…
Descriptors: Student Projects, Singing, War, German
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Redmann, Jennifer – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2008
The focus in many language curricula is shifting from "four skills" to "literacy." In a literacy-oriented curriculum, texts stand at the center of every course at every level. Teachers introduce content through texts early in the language learning process, assist even advanced students with the challenges of reading and writing in German, and help…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Advanced Students, German, Teaching Methods
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Johnson, Catherine – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2011
Process-Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) is a method that requires students to work in small groups, view models or diagrams, and answer carefully designed questions that guide them to an understanding of the subject matter on their own, with minimal direction from the instructor. Several studies show that the method has been highly…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Inquiry
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Kraemer, Angelika – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2008
This article describes a fourth-year German course on fairy tales that focuses on the integration of academic content with linguistic skills through technology-enhanced course modules. Situated in the discussion of the language-literature gap and the benefits of computer-assisted language learning, the proposed online course modules may prove…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Computer Assisted Instruction, Fairy Tales, Educational Technology
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Lalande, John F., II – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2008
Courses on the culture of the German-speaking world (GSW) have long dotted the landscape of undergraduate course offerings at North American colleges and universities. The primary purpose of this article is to share information about a new kind of undergraduate culture course that uses castles as a vehicle for introducing students to past and…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, North Americans, German, Cultural Awareness
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Donahue, William Collins – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2008
Teaching '68 presents pedagogical challenges far greater than assembling a set of workable classroom materials. Divisive controversies that were the hallmark of the time--e.g., the debate over the nature and appropriate use of violence--are with us still, though in a somewhat different form. Further, the instructor's own politics and positionality…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, North Americans, German, Teaching Methods
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Hock, Lisabeth – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2007
Recent curricular discussions have addressed the linguistic, textual, and cultural knowledge that German Studies programs aim to impart. This article proposes that we focus not only on the knowledge that students are expected to gain but also on the development of student abilities to transform information into knowledge. It will explain the…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, German, Second Language Learning, Secondary Education
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Johnson, Catherine – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2007
This article describes six games that instructors of German can use with students from the first year of high school or first semester of German through the fourth year of high school or fourth semester of college German and beyond. Unlike other games in which students must wait their turn to practice their language skills, these games engage the…
Descriptors: Listening Skills, Vocabulary Skills, German, High Schools
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Lightfoot, Douglas – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2007
This article presents information about the history of the German language and makes pertinent suggestions for teaching German as a Foreign Language. The reasoning for such an approach is presented, along with supportive new empirical data and a related professional directive. A selected survey of historical, explanatory points from the literature…
Descriptors: Diachronic Linguistics, German, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods
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