The German Frame-semantic Online Lexicon (G-FOL) is a prototype of a new kind of pedagogical dictionary. The goal is to help students learn how words are used in modern-day German. This online resource is different from traditional dictionaries and textbooks because it is based on the German FrameNet at the University of Texas at Austin, a digital archive of how German words are used in real life contexts. As such, students can easily access up-to-date information about the syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic contexts in which a German word appears. In addition, each lexical entry provides information about a word’s register, frequency, and related meanings. Thanks to G-FOL’s web-based architecture, the lexicon easily links to other pedagogical resources in digital format and can be updated with new words or new usages of existing words.
The Texas German Dialect Project (TGDP) is an umbrella organization for carrying out research in representative Texas German speech communities in central Texas. One of the primary goals of the TGDP is to preserve the Texas German dialect as it reflects the rich cultural and linguistic traditions of its residents.
To this end, members of the TGDP conduct interviews with residents of representative Texas German speech communities. Portions of these interviews are digitized and subsequently stored for preservation in the Texas German Dialect Archive (TGDA).
The TGDA allows its users to listen to portions of interviews in combination with their transcriptions and translations. As more and more interviews are conducted and edited, they will be added to the TGDA.
Cultural Interviews with German-Speaking Executives is a compilation of brief video clips in which German executives discuss cultural issues that are of interest to North Americans. The objective of the interviews is three-fold: First, provide practical cultural information about business topics. Second, the interviews provide vocabulary in areas within a professional setting. Third, these materials provide non-native speakers of German with multiple examples of natural speech. The creation of these materials has been a joint project between the Center for International Business Education and Research at the University of Texas at Austin and Saint Edwards University, also located in Austin, Texas.
A web site of the German Outreach Program offering an eight-lesson German course to elementary and middle schools of the Austin Independent School District.
An online German grammar reference, featuring zany post-modern Grimm’s fairy tale characters, authoritative grammar explanations, self-correcting exercises, online audio and cartoon images.
A multimedia 1st-year German language program based on videos of native speakers and the UT Summer Program in Würzburg, Germany. The online textbook includes recorded vocabulary, phonetics lessons, an online grammar component, online comparative polls and internet writing activities.