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Russo, Eva-Maria – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2006
This article presents several units from a course on German Humor offered at Washington University in St. Louis in the Spring of 2003 and 2006. The course was constructed according to the principles of the task-based classroom outlined by James Lee and employed at Georgetown University. The emphasis in each of the four units, which address East…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Grammar, Humor, German Literature
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Goertler, Senta – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2009
This article discusses how new and familiar computer technology tools can be used in a communicative language classroom. It begins by outlining the benefits and challenges of using such technology for language teaching in general, and it describes some sample activities that the author has used. Readers are shown how to implement various computer…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Uses in Education, Technology Integration, Technology Education
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Maxim, Hiram – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2009
This position paper argues that collegiate foreign language (FL) education has lost sight of the central role that language plays in the profession. Regardless of one's sub-field within foreign language education (i.e., linguistic, literary, or cultural studies), the profession shares the common focus of exploring how to make and interpret meaning…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Graduate Students, Language Role, Second Language Learning
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Walther, Ingeborg – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2009
In calling for new governance structures and unified curricula, the MLA Report distinguishes between instrumental and constitutive views of language that characterize our often schizophrenic agendas of language acquisition on the one hand, and disciplinary knowledge on the other. This paper explores some common theoretical insights from the fields…
Descriptors: Graduate Study, Governance, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Hasty, Will – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2006
Based on practical experience in a new online beginning German course sequence, the author of this essay argues that contemporary cultural developments associated with the emergence of new technologies, particularly computer-assisted language learning, provide new opportunities to theorize German Studies curricula from the beginning level onward.…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Curriculum Design, German, Computer Assisted Instruction
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Ritterbusch, Rachel; LaFond, Larry; Agustin, Marcus – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2006
This article examines the problems that many beginning L2 learners encounter when dealing with the German case system. It isolates three elements that make case usage challenging: understanding the concept of case itself, identifying grammatical gender, and selecting the correct case marker from a set of overlapping forms. Data from an action…
Descriptors: Grammar, Action Research, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Donahue, William Collins; Wohlfeil, Jochen – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2007
DepaeThe new conditions of the study abroad "market" have impelled us to rethink the costs and benefits of a small, selective US-based program, such as Duke in Berlin. The principal advantage, we argue, is an environment of "academic intimacy," a generous teacher/student ratio, which in turn fosters additional undergraduate…
Descriptors: Lifelong Learning, Educational Environment, Study Abroad, Teacher Student Relationship
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Van Orden, Stephen – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2006
Providing students with lively, authentic comprehensible input is one of the most important tasks of introductory German teachers. Using a Tablet PC can enable teachers to improve the quality of the comprehensible input they provide their students. This article describes how integrating a Tablet PC into daily teaching processes allows classroom…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, German
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Watzinger-Tharp, Johanna – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2006
This article examines variant word order in subordinate clauses, in particular clauses introduced with "weil" in spoken discourse. Current studies point to discourse-pragmatic conditions that guide the placement of the verb in second or final clause position. An analysis of empirical speech data shows that German speakers use both V2 and VF in…
Descriptors: Form Classes (Languages), Teaching Methods, Class Activities, Word Order
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Abrams, Zsuzsanna I.; Byrd, David R.; Boovy, Bradley; Mohring, Anja – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2006
Teaching culture in the foreign language (L2) classroom can be a real dilemma for instructors: What culture do we teach? What does it mean to learn about a culture? How can students learn culture? In order to answer these questions, we evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of two types of culture portfolios: a traditional one that used on-line…
Descriptors: Portfolios (Background Materials), German, Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning
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Levine, Glenn S. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2006
A framework is presented for grammar instruction based on sociocultural theory and critical pedagogy. It is argued that restricting students' learning to the standard German of the monolingual, educated native speaker is both insufficient and inappropriate. It is proposed that grammar teaching and learning should support learners as developing…
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Native Speakers, Monolingualism, German
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Libbon, Stephanie E. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2008
Culture has not always played a major role in foreign language instruction. Indeed, it was only in the 1980s that educators began giving serious thought to employing culture for language learning purposes. Exploring issues of otherness in Pepe Danquart's film "Schwarzfahrer", this article illustrates how one can address the more controversial…
Descriptors: Language Teachers, Second Language Instruction, German, Cultural Awareness
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Even, Susanne – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2008
This article introduces drama pedagogy as an approach with great potential for foreign language acquisition, addressing students' multiple skills and facilitating their communicative and interactional competence. A strong emphasis is placed on social, emotional, and kinesthetic learning that is traditionally neglected in instructional settings.…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Teaching Methods, Drama
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Streitwieser, Bernhard; Lys, Franziska – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2008
Fifteen years after the "peaceful revolutions" brought about the collapse of communism and the reunification of East and West Germany, a heated debate rages over the legacy of communism and the continuing impact of 1989. This paper describes a new course that explores the contentious issues in this debate through the innovative use of…
Descriptors: Social Systems, Teaching Models, Tests, Information Technology
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Bischof, Deborah Lokai – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2005
Curriculum surveys are used periodically to validate the use of Advanced Place Program[R] (AP[R]) Exams as assessments of skills required for advanced college-level study. In the case of AP German Language, the target level is third-year college language study. This article presents results from a 2003 curriculum survey completed by third-year…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Programs, Curriculum
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