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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



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Title: Cineastische Glücksfälle für die Didaktisierung im DaF-Unterricht: Dauer(b)renner 'Lola rennt' und Ostalgie-Komödie 'Good bye, Lenin!' Vom deutschen Heimatfilm der Nachkriegszeit zum Gegenwartsfilm der 'Neuen Mitte'
Author: Guido Josef Oebel
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Institution: Saga National University
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition
Subject Language: German
Subject Language Family: Germanic
Abstract: After providing the reader with a compendium of German 'cosy' post-war cinema the paper investigates the two recent German box-office hits 'Lola rennt' (1998) and 'Good bye, Lenin!' (2003) with regard to their mutifaceted potential for the German (as A Foreign Language) classroom.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Venue: Brussels: Belgischer Deutschlehrer- und Germanistenverband
Publication Info: Fachzeitschrift für DaF und angewandte Linguistik 16. Jg., Heft 20, pp. 5-25


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