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Acta Germanica

German Studies in Africa

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Edited By Cilliers van den Berg

Die ersten beiden Beiträge befassen sich mit der Vermittlung von Deutsch als Fremdsprache im südafrikanischen Kontext. Zwei Beiträge haben kollektives Gedächtnis und/oder Gedenken im Fokus: Der erste bezieht sich auf Gedächtnisregimes in Deutschland und der zweite auf die österreichische Erinnerungskultur. Die Flüchtlingskrise in Europa wird einerseits unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der europäischen Perspektiven auf afrikanische Flüchtlinge und andererseits unter Hinweis auf Beteiligung literarischer Texte am öffentlichen Diskurs über diese Krise untersucht. Die thematischen Zusammenhänge zwischen den Werken von Bettina von Arnim und Sophie Mereau zu Politik und Menschenrechten, deuten auf die historische Rolle, die Soziopolitik immer gespielt hat. Zwei Beiträge konzentrieren sich auf die Medien Film und Musik: F.W. Murnaus Nosferatu und zwei Lieder von M.-U. Kling und AnniKa von Trier werden diesbezüglich analysiert. Die abschließenden drei Artikel haben klassische literarische Texte im Fokus: Die Kapuzinergruft von Joseph Roth, W. G. Sebalds Die Ringe des Saturn und Die Verwandlung von Franz Kafka.

The first two contributions in this book focus on the teaching of German as a foreign language in the South African context. Two contributions engage with collective memory and/or commemoration: the first considering memory regimes in Germany and the second focusing on Austrian memory culture. The refugee crisis in Europe is evaluated with specific reference to European perspectives on African refugees and by looking at different ways in which literary texts participate in the public discourse on this crisis. An investigation into the thematic connections between the work of Bettina von Arnim and Sophie Mereau on politics and human rights indicates the historical role socio-politics has always played. Two contributions focus on the media of film and music: F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu and two songs by M.-U. Kling and AnniKa von Trier are analysed from this perspective. The concluding articles have classic literary texts as its focus: Joseph Roth’s Die Kapuzinergruft, W.G. Sebald’s Die Ringe des Saturn and Franz Kafka’s Die Verwandlung.

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Motivations for learning German in the South African context with Stellenbosch as case study. An investigation into knowledge production and the decolonising of the curriculum

Motivations for learning German in the South African context with Stellenbosch as case study

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KARIN GROENEWALD

University of the Western Cape

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This paper aims to identify tendencies in the motivations for learning German as a foreign language in South Africa, and the implicated power structures of these tendencies. In the context of South African language politics, particular attention is paid to knowledge production and the discourse around decolonising the curriculum. The findings of a case study are presented to support theoretical findings on the subject, which focuses on high schools in Stellenbosch and the German division of Stellenbosch University.

Keywords: motivations for learning German, language acquisition, knowledge production, decolonising the curriculum, German as a Foreign Language in South Africa

The purpose of this paper is to investigate possible motivations for learning German at school and university level in the South African context.1 Given the unique language politics of post-apartheid South Africa, with eleven official languages stipulated in the national constitution, the relevance of learning German at South African schools and universities is often brought into question. Although German is not included as one of these official languages, it is taught at many schools and universities across the country.2 In fact, the number of German learners at university level between 1994 and 2008 remained relatively stable with 1187 and 1195 students respectively, despite an overall decrease in foreign language teaching at universities after the Language-in-Education Policy of 1997. (Maltzan 2009:208) Although the period between 2003 and 2015 saw the closure of six South...

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