LEARNING GERMAN AS SECOND FOREIGN LANGUAGE THROUGH INTERCOMPREHENSION BASED ON SEVEN SIEVES (EUROCOMGERM)
KARŞILIKLI AKTARIMLI ANLAMAYA DAYALI YEDİ SÜZGEÇ METODU (EUROCOMGERM) İLE İKİNCİ YABANCI DİL OLARAK ALMANCA

Author : Hüseyin ARAK
Number of pages : 129-143

Abstract

The aim of this study is to show how positive transfer through using English (L2) in accordance with EuroComGerm methodology (consisting of seven sieves) attributes to German (L3) language learning considering that both languages belong to Western Germen language family. Using English as a Bridge (helping) language will not only enable students to make a comparison with their previously attained learning experiences but also make the language learning process shorter and more enjoyable. The processing sequence in EuroComGerm used to systematize the similarities and differences between English and German consists of seven sieves. The processing sequence in EuroComGerm used to systematize the similarities and differences between English and German consists of seven sieves. In the study all three languages have been considered through the seven sieves strategies and concrete examples in all three languages have been given to make the case more definite. It is observed that this comparative approach influenced both the motivation and readiness of students whose target is learning German. To make effective use of the sieves necessitates the effective usage of English the bridge (transfer) language. That is why to increase the number of positive transfers a careful analysis has been carried out through providing sample structures and statements in all three languages in question(German-English-Turkish) using the comparative method. Comparative analysis enables learners to make use of their previous learning experiences and to benefit from the shared features of languages coming from the same language family; such as prefixes, suffixes, syntax and international vocabulary. The seven sieves EuroComGerm methodology which is believed to provide a new perspective for self-learning and self-teaching is open to developments.

Keywords

EuroComGerm, Second Foreign Language, German, English, Turkish

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