Perspektiven für das Fach Deutsch als Fremdsprache
Historical and political consciousness in the German classroom: The potential of narrative
Abstract: It is often believed that beginning learners of German cannot develop the “historical and political consciousness” advocated by the MLA Report (2007) because they lack the linguistic resources to discuss history and politics in German, and because they are more interested in talking about themselves and their daily lives. On the example of a lesson on Günter Eich’s poem Inventur in a first semester and a third semester German class at the college level in the United States, this paper seeks to show that an understanding of language as both code and discourse can capitalize on the narrative skills of beginning language learners, by making them conscious of their own history and of the larger forces that control the management of their memories and their imaginations.
In May 2007, the American Modern Language Association issued a much debated report that argued that
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