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Modern German Plays

An Advanced German Textbook

Peter Yang

Modern German Plays: An Advanced German Textbook utilizes some of the most famous modern plays written in German as vehicles to teach German language, literature, and culture. The featured works are The Three-Penny Opera, The Devil’s General, Caucasian Chalk Circle, The Chinese Wall, Visit, A Sports Play, and Innocence. The authors of these masterpieces include not only world-renowned dramatists such as Brecht, Zuckmayer, Frisch, and Dürrenmatt but also such celebrated contemporary female playwrights such as Nobel-laureate Jelinek and Loher.
Designed to meet the instructional needs of advanced German courses, this volume combines a number of pedagogically proven foreign language teaching and learning strategies, primarily the communicative approach and the three-stage reading strategy. The organization of the featured plays by chapter provides the instructor with not only a welcome teaching and learning resource but also a convenient and flexible course management tool so that each instructor can decide how many plays to include in the syllabus and how to proceed in covering the plays.
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How to Use the Text: Tips for Instructors

German theatrical plays are an intriguing treasure for learning the German language and culture because they provide endless meaningful and lively examples that allow students to both learn and enjoy learning the German language and culture in context. More and more instructors of German are interested in exploring this treasure in order to help students enhance their linguistic and cultural proficiency and skills.

Modern German Plays: An Advanced German Textbook is a German textbook dedicated to various advanced-level German courses, such as reading, writing, literature, drama, culture, civilization. As its planned sister textbook German through Modern Plays: An Intermediate German Textbook, it focuses on seven German plays that are representative of the contemporary German theater.

The text is divided into seven chapters, each of which is devoted to one of these seven plays. The seven chapters are arranged in chronological order by the year of initial performances of the plays. Each chapter consists of instructional material and exercises designed to assist students in both extensive and intensive reading and global and comprehensive understanding of the play.

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