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"The Awful German Language," Old English, and the Ethnocentric Student: A Backdoor Remedial Strategy

Gabrielle M. Patty
Monatshefte
Vol. 83, No. 4 (Winter, 1991), pp. 433-444
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30166476
Page Count: 12
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Abstract

German teachers are occasionally faced with an English-speaking student's radically ethnocentric resistance to German linguistic structures. Such resistance can bring on a pedagogical impasse that may not be amenable to conventional remediation. This article examines the psychological dimensions of ethnocentric resistance, suggests a remedial strategy that turns to pedagogical account the extensive analogy between Modern German and Old English structures, explains why such a strategy can be instrumental in breaking down the affective barriers operative in the ethnocentric student, and provides a mini-compendium of the most significant Old English structures.

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