Happily Ever After: Integrating Language and Literature through Technology?

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  • Angelika Kraemer

    1. (M.A.s in German and TESOL, Michigan State University) is a Ph.D. Candidate in the German Studies Program at Michigan State University.
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Abstract

This article describes a fourth-year German course on fairy tales that focuses on the integration of academic content with linguistic skills through technology-enhanced course modules. Situated in the discussion of the language-literature gap and the benefits of computer-assisted language learning, the proposed online course modules may prove appropriate in other German classes, thereby providing language educators with specific examples to help integrate the teaching of language and literature through online activities. Research findings from a qualitative study revealed several positive outcomes including increases in students' self-perceived confidence, motivation, and language skills as well as various challenges related to instructor involvement and functionality issues.

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