Because this correspondence between Hilde and Roland is rich in information about everyday life, there are many possible learning objectives for this curriculum. Accordingly, the eleven units in this curriculum are designed to be https://info.umkc.edu/dfam/en/context/: they are intended to be used in ways that integrate social-scientific and humanistic study of the German past. For students of German as a foreign language (DaF), these teaching units similarly allow for the acquisition of language together with learning about culture and history. Instructors should therefore focus on the student learning objectives (SLOs) that are most relevant to their course.
The social studies standards for these teaching units are based broadly on the United States’ National Standards in World History enacted in March 1994 as part of the GOALS 2000, Educate America Act.
The German language standards are based on the the two major frameworks for teaching, learning and assessing foreign language proficiency: the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for languages used with the European Language Portfolio (ELP) and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) proficiency guidelines.
The standards for teaching intercultural communication are based on the American Association of College & Universities’ VALUE Rubric Development Project.
To these standards we added a set of humanistic competencies that has been used in the General Education Program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, which remain often unstated as objectives when teaching across the curriculum.
The overarching goals for this curriculum are measured in assessments and applications, found at the end of each unit. After completing the unit, the student is able to:
Take a position on how the study of world events from the perspective of ordinary people alters the established way of telling the story of the past.
Take a position on the qualities of cultural artifacts and the culture of everyday life in Germany during the 1930s and ’40s.
Take a position on the meaning of the past for their present generally and personally.
And for DaF students, to be able to communicate these positions confidently in German.
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