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SP23-1- GER502 Learning German as a World Language
SP23-1- GER502 Learning German as a World Language
SP23-1- GER502 Learning German as a World Language
SP23-1- GER502 Learning German as a World Language
SP23-1- GER502 Learning German as a World Language
SP23-1- GER502 Learning German as a World Language

SP23-1- GER502 Learning German as a World Language

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Spring 1:  April 3-May 26 (online)

The overall goal of this course is for teachers to learn which factors determine learning and second language acquisition.  Participants explore characteristics of independent learning as well as strategies to systematically plan and structure the learning process in their classroom. The course will culminate with a 3-week final project (Practical Exploration Project or PEP), in which the new theoretical approaches of the DLL unit are reviewed and assessed in the teacher’s own teaching practice. The Practical Exploration Project initiates changes in the classroom and helps to increase the professionalism of teachers. Sharing of experience among colleagues This course is conducted in German in partnership with the Goethe-Institut USA.

By the end of the course, the learner will submit a portfolio that demonstrates understanding and the ability to: Participants can describe their own teaching philosophy.

  • Participants are familiar with factors that determine learning.
  • Participants are familiar with how the first language influences the foreign language and with the language acquisition process.
  • Participants are familiar with characteristics of independent learning as well as strategies to systematically plan and structure the learning process.
  • Participants can encourage students to evaluate their own learning.
  • Participants are familiar with important didactic developments that promote multilingualism.
  • Participants are familiar with didactic-methodical principles that apply when teaching German as a foreign language and can use appropriate exercises in the classroom.

Pre-requisite: The entry requirement is German at level B2 in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) or Advanced Low ACTFL Proficiency Level. Please email "I would like to take a German language placement test for the Idioma course. Could you please send the link and information?" to teacherservice-newyork@goethe.de.  Students who do not meet the proficiency level may register for one of the German Language Courses through Goethe-Institut

Students who matriculate into an Instructor-Facilitated course should adhere to the dates listed on the website. Final coursework should be submitted within one week after the course end date. Course extensions beyond one week are subject to a $50 fee.

Course Delivery: Online weekly learning modules, collaborative discussion boards and instuctor feedback.  This course is not self-paced and has 4 live virtual sessions. 

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