Date Approved

2007

Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department

World Languages

First Advisor

Dr. Carla Damiano, PhD

Abstract

This honors thesis is a four week German-language teaching unit based on learning about the medieval mystic and scholar Hildegard von Bingen. The unit was created in order to: 1) teach language-learning in an interesting and student-directed way, 2) encourage critical thinking in a foreign language context, 3) demonstrate a valid connection between language and culture and, finally, 4) to show women’s contributions as useful to society. The format for this unit is based on the model created by educational professional Dr. Madeline Hunter at the University of California at Berkley. After completing this unit a successful student should: 1) be more confident in their research and problem-solving skills, 2) be more likely to think critically in new situations, 3) understand that culture and language are deeply connected and, lastly, 4) appreciate how women contribute to our society. In the following introduction I will demonstrate how these skills are valued by other educators.

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