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‚Egal wer/was‘-Gefüge im DaF-Unterricht

Eine Unterrichtsreihe anhand der pädagogischen Konstruktionsgrammatik

Flor Vander Haegen

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In this article, I present a series of five lessons designed to help advanced learners of German improve their argumentation skills using so-called ‘concessive conditionals’(CCs). CCs are complex sentences in which the subordinate clause strengthens the argument of the main clause by presenting potential conditions on it as irrelevant. My contribution seeks to improve on existing didactic representations of German CCs by taking into account recent linguistic research on their discourse-functional properties (Leuschner 2006; Vander Haegen 2019). To this end, I make use of Pedagogical Construction Grammar (PCxG; Herbst 2016), which conceives of grammar instruction as the teaching of constructions, i.e. entrenched form-function pairs. The series presented here is the first fully fledged implementation of PCxG for the instruction of German. It goes beyond previous applications of PCxG to the instruction of English by systematically addressing the discourse-functional properties of the constructions to be taught in both speaking and writing. The final section of the article provides concrete lesson plans; the corresponding didactic materials can be found on the website of the journal.

Keywords: concessive conditionals; Pedagogical Construction Grammar; German as a foreign language; grammar instruction


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