• Something Old, Something New: Integrating Canonical Works in a German Studies Curriculum

    Author(s):
    Kyle Frackman (see profile)
    Date:
    2011
    Subject(s):
    Film studies, German language, Teaching of language, Teaching of literature
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6HK8P
    Abstract:
    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 at the advanced level, while also fostering advanced capacities in German. Informing the discussion is an examination of changing demands on German Studies curricula and their inclusion or exclusion of canonical material. Bringing together a wide range of cultural products facilitates students' consideration of cultural/historical contexts, relationships and similarities and differences among characters, and connections to the students' own experiences. Student goal-setting, assessment, and evaluation help to direct the trajectory of the advanced course, avoiding the common problem of underdefined or undertheorized pedagogies past the intermediate level.
    Metadata:
    Published as:
    Journal Article
    Pub. DOI:
    10.1111/j.1756-1221.2011.00102.x
    Publisher:
    Wiley-Blackwell
    Journal:
    Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German
    Volume:
    44
    Issue:
    2
    Start Page:
    124
    End Page:
    132
    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    4 weeks ago
    License:
    All Rights Reserved

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