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Oktober 18, 2008

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SETTING UP A BLOG by Lana Rings, University of Texas at Arlington

September 30, 2008

How to Set Up and Use Your Blog

ADDITIONAL HELP: http://lang1000.wordpress.com/
1. You may first wish to write your blog post in word and save it for safe keeping, then copy and paste it into your blog.
2. Go to: http://wordpress.com
3. Create a blog. You will be given a password.
5. You will be on your “dashboard” page. Like the dashboard of a car, this dashboard has all your controls for operating your blog. To write a post click on: Write a post.
6. Write the title of your post in the title box, and the body of your post in the body box.
7. Click on: Publish.
8. To see how your post looks, click on: Preview this Post (to the right).
9. To edit your post, go up to the top and click on: manage.
10. Click on: posts (if necessary).
11. Find the post you wish to edit and click on: edit.
12. Now you can edit and re-publish your post.
14. Your students will have to set up a blog account in order to post on your blog. If you want them to have their own blogs, you can have them give you their blog addresses, so that you can link their blog to yours.
15. Question: Can I password protect my whole blog? YES
Can I password protect my whole blog? YES
16. Question: Again, what is the address for the frequently asked questions page at WordPress? http://faq.wordpress.com/

Top (Primary) Menu Bar:

* Write (post, page, link) * Manage (posts, pages, links, categories) * Design (themes, widgets) * Comments 0 (comments, akismet spam) * Upgrades

Secondary Menu Bar under *Write:
* Post: Here you write a post, which will appear in the main section of your blog. As you write new posts, it will scroll down and be under the new posts. It will eventually move way down until it moves off the screen into the monthly archives. You can keep, edit or delete these, as you wish.
* Page: Here you will write permanent information that does not move off the page. Depending on the way your blog is presented, pages will appear across the top or down the side of your blog. You can keep, edit and delete these, too.
* Link: Here you can add a link to other websites.

Secondary Menu Bar under * Manage:

* Posts: Here you can edit or delete posts.
* Pages: Here you can edit or delete pages.
* Links: Here you can edit or delete links.
* Categories: How-to video: http://faq.wordpress.com/2008/09/09/whats-a-category-how-do-i-add-and-manage-categories-screencast/
* Tags
* Link Categories
* Media Library
* Import
* Export

Secondary Menu Bar under *Design:

* Themes: Here you can choose from a number of blog page designs the one that best suits your personality or purposes.
* Widgets: Would you like a calendar or a search capability within your blog? Widgets allow you to add these by clicking on them.
* Extras
* Custom Image Header
* Edit CSS

Secondary Menu Bar under *Comments:
* Comments: Here you can approve comments made to your blog, mark them as spam, check for spam, etc.
* Akismet Spam (2): This number tells you how many posts your blog is holding for approval as a legitimate post or deletion as spam.


Synthesis: asking students to take what they have learned and be creative – insert your (fantasized) family history into the history of literature
Bringing the problems in the L2 cultures home to the students: East-West Germany and the Republic of Texas comparisons. Then: What would you do if you were a Mexican and needed a job? Would you leave your homeland?


Oktober 25, 2007

Dear Students,

The best way to learn language is to learn it as it is connected to ideas and meaning. Every week I would like for you to work with the ideas and attitudes contained in at least one interview excerpt (preferably one we are working on that week), as well as grammar points and vocabulary phrases you find important in the excerpt. In this way you will learn language as it pertains to these topics. The following template can be copied and pasted into your own document, so that you can fill one out each week, print it, and bring it to class. ALSO, PRINT OUT THE INTERVIEWS THAT WE WILL BE DISCUSSING, AS WELL AS THE ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS AS NEEDED.

These worksheets should be brought to class on: Nov. 1, Nov. 8, Nov. 15, Nov. 20 (Thanksgiving is 22), Nov. 29, Dec. 6

Arbeitsblatt. Deutsch 3313, Herbst 2007, Rings

TITEL DES INTERVIEWAUSZUGES: ___________________________________________

Textinhalt: Vokabeln
Wörter, die ich mir merken möchte (words that are important for me to remember):
Redewendungen, die ich mir merken möchte (phrases that are important for me to remember):

Schriftliches vs. mündliches Deutsch.
Schreiben Sie hier einen Satz oder zwei Sätze, die Sie im Text finden.
Schreiben Sie denselben Satz oder dieselben Sätze auf, wie man sie schreiben (nicht sagen) würde.
Diktat aus dem Internet. Machen Sie diese Übung IM KURS. (Sie werden einen Teil des Interviews hören. Schreiben Sie, was Sie hören.)

Textinhalt bzw. -meinung.
Beantworten Sie diese Fragen: Was sagt die Person über das Thema? Was ist ihre/seine Meinung darüber (Interpretation, etc.)?

Was muss ein Deutscher/eine Deutsche wissen, wenn er/sie das Land/Bundesland besucht, in dem Sie geboren wurden?

My spring 2007 URLs

Januar 22, 2007


What is Culture? What is the Culture of the German-speaking Peoples?

Januar 17, 2007

What a huge question! Culture can encompass anything that has to do with human endeavor. In the Humanities we tend to define it as high culture (literature, music, art), as anthropological culture (ways humans live within specific groups/societies), as language, among other things. Take a look at any academic book on „culture,“ and you will see that it is a complex category. How would you like to define it?

Is There One German Language?

Januar 17, 2007

First, let me ask you: is there one English language? The answer is no. There are so many varieties and dialects of many languages in the world, that it would make your head spin. Can you imagine learning varieties of Scottish English, British English, Australian English, American English, not to mention the forms of English spoken in other countries? Even within a dialect there are more formal and less formal ways of talking or writing. The same is true of German.

Can Anyone Learn Another Language?

Januar 17, 2007

The simple answer: yes. If you’ve learned to listen and speak and carry on a conversation in your native language, you can do so in another. How you do it will determine how fast and if you are successful. (Immersion, education, living with a family, etc.) You can also become literate in another language: read it and write it. Note that becoming literate in your own language did not happen overnight. Indeed, in order to learn to write academic prose, for example, one usually has to go to college.


Oktober 10, 2006

This is a test.

Hello world!

September 18, 2006

Welcome to WordPress.com. This is your first post. Edit or delete it and start blogging!