Resources in Language: German

Cwricwlwm Ieithoedd Modern Gwyrddach i Gymru / A Greener Modern Languages Curriculum for Wales

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The multilingual ‘natural mural’ created by pupils from Ysgol Clawdd Offa, Prestatyn and Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen, Bethesda with French graphic artist Anne Defreville, as part of the project Cwricwlwm Ieithoedd Modern Gwyrddach i Gymru / A Greener Modern Languages Curriculum for Wales. Environmental awareness, creativity, international language learning. Cwricwlwm Ieithoedd Modern Gwyrddach i Gymru / A […]

Umweltbildung / Umweltbewusstsein / Umwelterziehung environmental education / environmental consciousness / environmental pedagogy

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Umweltbildung deals with the environment and its value as a foundation for the life of human beings with each other. It presumes reciprocal relationships at its center and thus attempts to get from the acquisition of a basic environment-related knowledge to an understanding for eco-social connections in a value-based manner.i This education fosters competences to […]

Umwelt / Natur / Mitwelt / Nachhaltigkeit environment / nature / common world / sustainability

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Natur and Umwelt are highly contested terms in German history and criticism, with both having numerous meanings, often being used interchangeably in daily and political life, and causing difficulty to then interpret environmental texts. Umwelt (translated as environment, most of the time) is usually used to describe the conditions of life surrounding human beings, for […]

Umweltschutz / Naturschutz / Klimaschutz environmental protection / nature protection / climate protection

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Nachhaltigkeit (sustainability) itself is not the same as Umweltschutz (environmental protection), as Umweltschutz is a vital aspect of sustainability but more diverse. Sustainable development is a development that meets today’s generations needs without endangering the potential of future generations (UN World Commission for Environment and Development, 1987). It often comes down to a compromise between […]

ökologische Rucksack / ökologische Fußabdruck ecological backpack, ecological rucksack, environmental backpack / ecological footprint

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While the concept of an ecological backpack in German writing often tends to be equated into the English calculation of the ‘ecological footprint’, these are two different yet related concepts. The ecological footprint is calculated based on the theoretical territorial or geographical needs for a product or service and thus based on a footprint in […]

Rethinking student international mobility in the climate emergency – some pointers

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The roots of mobile study-related phenomena run deep into our cultural myths and histories. Backed by evidence of the linguistic and cultural advantages it delivers, study abroad has become core both to second language acquisition, and to higher education internationalization policies across the world. These benefits make us reluctant to consider its environmental impacts but there […]

Wörter des Jahres (Umwelt-spezifisch) für Deutschland [Environmental (Non-)Words of the Year]

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Enrich the German language classroom with an authentic practice that is as much linguistic as it is cultural! This project takes as its starting point “(Non-)Words of the Year,” chosen by committees in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein. Those words capture the public discourse and tackle terms from politics, pop culture, and–increasingly–the environment. Instructors can […]

Environment, Ecology, and Economies: Conversations about Climate Change in English

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This resource provides materials on Environmental English that have emerged out of a Bachelor’s course on sustainable digitalization. The course combines a detailed language instruction course that is offered to German students who study technical and business-related English. Within this seminar, students will be able to combine a study of environmental topics (either Bachelor’s or […]

Biophilia (Erich Fromm)

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Why is it that, despite better knowledge, we have not been able to make the behavioral and political changes needed to avoid the unfolding ecological disaster? What in our personal and collective psyches makes us unable or even unwilling to do so? A pioneer with good answers was German-American psychoanalyst and social theorist Erich Fromm […]

German literature course (C1) on Andreas Wagner’s novel Jahresringe

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This folder contains the syllabus and material used in a German literature class on the contemporary novel Jahresringe (2020) by German author Andreas Wagner. Dealing with themes such as home, migration and climate justice, the novel links highly topical issues that nurture critical thinking and global citizenship education. The syllabus is designed for a class […]