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Sustainable and Solidary Education

Reflections and Practices

Edited By Monica Tilea, Oana-Adriana Duţă and Alina Stela Reşceanu

This volume of thematic studies offers multifaceted interpretations of education for sustainable and solidary development (ESSD). It is a joint work of academics, teachers and researchers covering the domain of education from the perspective of economy, social sciences, language studies, communication and pedagogy. The authors propose a range of reflections and empirical studies which refer to: various means and methods for an effective teaching/learning process; transversal skills related to ESSD; and the importance of financial resources and quality assurance in education. The unitary and original endeavour of this volume establishes a common meeting point for devising up-to-date methods and practices across disciplines, with a view to supporting sustainable and solidary education.

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Memorable Grammar Design in Foreign Language Learning. Comparing Romanian and German Textbooks (Daniela Kohn)


Daniela Kohn

Memorable Grammar Design in Foreign Language Learning. Comparing Romanian and German Textbooks

Abstract: The visual and content design of grammatical information present in foreign language manuals has always been extremely diverse and subject to continuous transformation. This permanent functional instrumentalisation of grammatical information is directly related to a restructuring process of linguistic material, mostly undertaken as a response to the assimilation of emerging ideas, positions and trends in the fields of linguistics, didactics, methodology, graphical design, etc. Beyond these tactical movements, the major aim of restructuring the linguistic material of a manual is to enhance the efficiency of teaching/learning in one subject or another. This may happen by integrating mnemonic techniques/formulae in the manuals, which will help assimilate morphological phenomena. The task is highly difficult for authors of manuals of both Romanian as a foreign language and German as a foreign language, despite the somewhat longer tradition of the latter. The situation described in the study shows that restructuring grammatical information implies significant resources of creativity and critical autonomy in comparison to what is a sometimes authoritative tradition. Results are frequently surprising. At the same time, the investigation on transdisciplinary cooperation proposed by the elaboration of a manual (at the crossroads between linguistics, graphical design and methodology) reveals that the development of a learning tool implies the transversal skills of the authors’ team, likely to underpin a subsequent valuable and useful pedagogical effort/commitment.

Keywords: mnemonics, grammar table, foreign languages, textbook development, transversal...

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