n Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa - German Across the Curriculum : Global Thinking and Interdisciplinary Innovation in Auslandsgermanistik : Legitimationsfragen der Auslandgermanistik

Volume 29, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1273



German Across the Curriculum (GAC) is part of the innovative concept of Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC) which promotes the study and use of foreign languages throughout the curriculum. GAC contextualizes the learning of the German language and culture by establishing conceptual links to disciplines in the social sciences, natural sciences, arts, and humanities. This innovative approach is a response to concerns regarding the disjointed nature of students' education and their insufficient cross-cultural competence. It allows students to consistently apply their German skills to subject matter of their choice and expertise and thus responds to students' career needs for practical language skills in a global workplace. While GAC has been developed for US colleges, the concept and practice can be applied to Auslandsgermanistik around the globe. This article will outline the theory and practice of GAC, demonstrate various teaching models, and critically assess challenges practitioners of GAC must confront.

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