Teaching German Modal Particles: A Corpus-based Approach

Teaching German Modal Particles: A Corpus-based Approach
Nina Vyatkina & Karen E. Johnson, Penn State
Publication Type: 
Soft Cover
55 Pages

Teaching German Modal Particles: A Corpus-based Approach offers an approach to the challenges of teaching the usage of modal particles to learners of German that emphasizes awareness raising activities. The worksheets and handouts are sequenced to move learners through a gradual process of inductively noticing patterns of modal particle use, to defining modal particle meanings and usages, to analyzing modal particle use in context, and finally, to deductively using modal particles in extended communicative interactions. All worksheets are followed by answer keys which offer additional explanations about appropriate modal particle usage. The materials have been created on the basis of a collection of authentic communicative computer-mediated interactions that took place between L2 learners of German and native speakers of German.

Teaching German Modal Particles: A Corpus-based Approach is intended for high-intermediate and advanced levels of proficiency and can be used as supplemental materials in a variety of college/university courses.

What educators say:

“Thank you for sharing the German Modal Particles materials! I will be using them from now on with my honor society and German IV students.” Dr. Noelle Andrie, The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School


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A. Noticing Modal Particle Usage
A_WS1 ...  A_AK1
A_WS2 ....A_ AK2

B. Defining Modal Particles

C. Analyzing Modal Particle Usage
C_WS1 ... C_AK1
C_WS2 ... C_AK2
C_WS3 .... C_AK3
C_WS4 .... C_AK4
C_WS5 .... C_AK5
D. Using Modal Particles
D_WS1 .... D_AK1
D_WS2 ... D_AK2
E. Analyzing L2 Learner Modal Particle Usage

E_WS1 ... E_AK1