University of Cincinnati was Visiting Assistant Professor of German at the University of Connecticut in Storrs when this article was written. Currently he is Assistant Professor of Germanic Studies at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI.
The EUROTECH Module: A Curricular Innovation for German Instruction
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© 1997 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 30, Issue 3, pages 369–377, October 1997
How to Cite
De Vries, H. J. and Long, R. P. (1997), The EUROTECH Module: A Curricular Innovation for German Instruction. Foreign Language Annals, 30: 369–377. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1997.tb02359.x
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- Version of Record online: 31 DEC 2008
ABSTRACT This paper presents the module course as an effective curricular innovation within the framework of a dual-degree program in German and engineering. Three modules, or one-credit courses, are offered in a series within the curriculum of EUROTECH: An International Program in Engineering at the University of Connecticut. By virtue of the structure of these modules, which feature multiple lectures by outside experts in fields of engineering and science, the module functions as a unique vehicle for content-based education. As such, the module is a creative response to the curricular demands of a dual-degree program. This paper discusses these curricular demands, examines the concept of a “module” course, presents the EUROTECH module series, and argues for its advantages. The authors see the module arrangement as an effective implementation that may well serve other dual-degree programs.