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Tschirner, Erwin – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2018
Concepts of second language proficiency and how proficiency may be assessed have changed considerably over the last 20 years. New notions of validity with respect to the interpretation and uses of test scores have begun to shape discussions about test validity and quality assurance in college world language departments, in government, and in…
Descriptors: Language Tests, Testing, Test Theory, German
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Crane, Cori – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2016
Adopting a genre lens informed by Systemic Functional Linguistics (cf. Halliday & Matthiessen, [Halliday, M. A. K., 2004]; Martin & Rose, [Martin, J. R., 2008]), this paper explores the text-structural and lexico-grammatical choices that second language (L2) writers of German make in personal letter writing. Close analysis of two student…
Descriptors: Grammar, Second Language Learning, Writing (Composition), German
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Arzt, Jessica; Kost, Claudia – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2016
The grammatical gender of German nouns continues to pose a challenge to second language learners. Following from a connectionist framework, this study explores the effect of two input enhancement techniques, color-coding and gendered actors, on the learning of grammatical gender by beginning learners of German during a vocabulary acquisition…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Vocabulary Development
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Neville, David O. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2016
The essay forwards suggestions for developing a blended learning environment to insert genre-based language for specific purposes (LSP) subject matter into the undergraduate second language development curriculum. Specifically, the essay will highlight: (1) the development of an overarching narrative for structuring the LSP subject matter; (2) the…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Languages for Special Purposes
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Kelling, Hans-Wilhelm; Bown, Jennifer – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2020
Foreign language houses, on-campus residences in which students pledge to speak in their target language, offer valuable opportunities for language and culture learning. Scores of such programs exist at universities across North America (Dewey, Baker, Bown, & Martinsen, 2011), yet little is written about them in the research literature. This…
Descriptors: College Housing, Dormitories, Private Colleges, College Second Language Programs
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Schuetze, Ulf – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2017
An ongoing question in second language vocabulary learning is how to optimize the acquisition of words. One approach is the so-called "spaced repetition technique" that uses intervals to repeat words in a given time frame (Balota et al., 2007; Leitner, 1972; Oxford, 1990; Pimsleur, 1967; Roediger & Karpicke, 2010; Schuetze &…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Vocabulary Development, Repetition, Intervals
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Ludewig, Julia – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2017
This article discusses the potential and challenges of teaching a second-semester German class with Simon Schwartz's graphic novel "drüben!" (2009) alongside a traditional textbook. While the class explored linguistic, literary, and cultural-historical aspects of "drüben!," a GDR-themed family memoir, the focus here is on those…
Descriptors: Cartoons, Novels, German, Teaching Methods
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Schmerbeck, Nicola; Lucht, Felecia – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2017
Actively engaged in online media, learners today are surrounded by texts overtly and covertly transmitted by visual images, sound effects, and voices as well as the written word. Language learning portfolios can engage students in the literacy-oriented learning processes of interpretation, collaboration, and problem solving as outlined by Kern…
Descriptors: Photography, Portfolios (Background Materials), Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Hellebrandt, Josef – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2014
German university programs can increase enrollments and diversify their curricula through academic community partnerships with surrounding schools. This article informs about two community-supported initiatives between the German Studies Program at Santa Clara University and the South Bay Deutscher Schulverein, a Saturday Morning School in…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Honors Curriculum
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Steckenbiller, Christiane – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2016
The advent of new and social media, and Twitter in particular, has not only revolutionized how we communicate with each other, but also how we learn and teach. Twitter is increasingly incorporated across the disciplines as a tool to engage with content. In the foreign-language classroom, for instance, Twitter has been used to facilitate language…
Descriptors: Social Media, Telecommunications, Teaching Methods, Educational Technology
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Jensen, Birgit A. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2019
The article proposes using the flipped learning approach to gain more classroom time for activities that help learners interact with cultural content so that they may achieve critical cultural awareness, one of the components of Intercultural Communicative Competence (ICC). It first distinguishes between the terms "flipped classroom" and…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Teaching Methods, Blended Learning, Cultural Awareness
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Grewling, Nicole – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2019
Students' learning progress in areas such as language proficiency or cultural awareness is considerable while studying abroad, but specific preparation, engagement with, and reflection of their experiences can increase these benefits and particularly students' awareness of them. This article offers an overview of a study abroad portfolio that was…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, Second Language Learning, Language Proficiency, Cultural Awareness
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Kraiss, Andrew – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2014
This paper is a study of a method for teaching German gender and plural assignment developed by the late Donald Steinmetz. My primary source for classroom material was the unpublished handbook for students that Steinmetz co-authored with Donald Nelson, The Joy of Gender: A Student Handbook made available to me by his son, Erik Steinmetz. In the…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Teaching Methods
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Koerner, Morgan – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2016
This article explores the potential of Brecht's theater praxis for teaching millennial students to question dramatic narratives and rethink their own spectatorial positions, especially in regards to mainstream cinema that emphasizes character identification and plot. The article reflects on a five-day teaching unit on Brecht's theater in a senior…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Instruction, Praxis, Aesthetics
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Berg, Bartell M. – Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 2013
This article addresses a dual desire for teaching units that (1) incorporate green issues into the language curriculum, (2) fulfill the need for comparative cultural studies in the language classroom, and (3) incorporate the ACTFL "Standards for Foreign Language Learning." Included are a review of recent approaches to teaching culture in…
Descriptors: German, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Standards
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