Vorsprung A Communicative Introduction to German Language and Culture

ISBN-10: 0618669078

ISBN-13: 9780618669073

Edition: 2nd 2007

Authors: Thomas A. Lovik, J. Douglas Guy, Monika Chavez

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Vorsprung is an innovative and lively first-year program that uses a five-skills approach, emphasizing the acquisition of communicative as well as cultural competence without sacrificing attention to formal accuracy. Utilizing "focus on form" activities in an engaging, personalized fashion, Vorsprung helps students develop realistic abilities in speaking, listening, and reading German. The program presents a systematic, clear introduction to the essentials of German grammar and practices high-frequency structures and vocabulary in interactive activities. In addition, it provides students with the cultural knowledge that is relevant to their own lives and then asks them to compare their cultures to the habits and behaviors of the German-speaking peoples of Europe. In order to prepare students for successful communication in today\'s rapidly changing world, Vorsprung exposes them to a wealth of spoken and written authentic textual materials. To support this focus on spoken and written German, Vorsprung offers an array of in-class activities that foster accuracy and provide ample opportunities for students to practice German in authentic contexts. Streamlined grammar sequence enhances the balance in each chapter and enables instructors to more easily organize a semester-or quarter-long syllabus. Cross-cultural awareness activities (Kulturkreuzung) include thought-provoking questions following each cultural note that encourage students to reflect on the differences between the target culture and their own; raise awareness, sensitivity and appreciation of this diversity; and enable students to articulate the differences in German. Introduction of Austria as a chapter theme exposes students to another German-speaking country and helps them appreciate the Austrian cultural heritage. Added chapter material profiles three real-life American students who use their knowledge of German to study in Germany, providing motivation for students who might be uncertain about whether or not to continue their study of the language. Authentic readings represent more contemporary texts or recent editions of original texts, all chosen for their appeal to college students. Topics include updated rules and regulations for bicycling in Germany; a 21st-century online blog discussion of the meaning of friendship; and experiences of two foreign students at a German university. Integration of grammar with function enables students to see and learn how grammar is used to communicate and provides more focused instruction on the truly meaningful and worthwhile aspects of German grammar. Linear presentation of grammar and vocabulary provides the instructor and the student with a clear sense of progression through the material and a solid understanding of how vocabulary and structure are linked for communication.
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List price: $289.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: CENGAGE Learning
Publication date: 11/27/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 592
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.794
Language: English

Thomas Lovik is a Professor of German at Michigan State University where he regularly teaches first-year German, Linguistic Analysis of Modern German, teaching methods for undergraduates and graduate students, and graduate courses on the German language. His departmental duties include coordination of the first-year German language program as well as training German teaching assistant. He also organizes the orientation workshop for all new Arabic, Chinese, German, and Japanese teaching assistants in the department. The current editor of DIE UNTERRICHTSPRAXIS/TEACHING GERMAN, Prof. Lovik has published in the area of contrastive pragmatics German/English. He is active locally in the AATG-Michigan and the Michigan World Language Association and is a member of several national organizations, including AATG, ACTFL, MLA, and the American Association of University Supervisors and Coordinators.

J. Douglas Guy is adjunct professor of German at Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill, Mass. An editor and ghostwriter, he has made significant contributions to the development of instructional text and media for German and Russian Programs. A presenter at state and national conferences, he has also worked as a court interpreter, translator, and freelance photographer. He regularly sponsors exchange programs at the secondary level. He received his B.A. from Indiana University and his M.A. from Middleburry College.

Monika Chavez was born and raised in Austria and studied German and history at the University of Vienna. While a Fulbright student in Santa Fe, N.M., she continued her education first at the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque) and then at the University of Texas at Austin, where she specialized in Applied German Linguistics. In 1992, she joined the German Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her position has allowed her to develop and teach an extensive scope of courses in German language, linguistics, and applied linguistics, with a sizable number of graduate students in the department and related fields choosing applied linguistics/second language acquisition as their area of specialization. She also co-directs the Ph.D. (major and minor) program in Second Language Acquisition.

Kapitel Eins: Fangen Sie bitte an Anlauftext I: Annas Albtraum Strukturen und Vokabeln
Understandingcommands and requests
The imperative
Formation of the formal imperative
Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Aktivit?ten im Klassenzimmer
The word bitte Anlauftext II: Annas Traum
Brennpunkt Kultur: Greetings and farewells Strukturen und Vokabeln
Describing yourself and others
The verb sein subject pronouns
The pronoun you
Brennpunkt Kultur: Titles of address
Asking for someone's name
The verb hei?en
Wissenswerte Vokabeln: das Alphabet
Wissenswerte Vokabeln: die Zahlen
Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Aussehen
Asking for information and clarification
Question formation
Information questions
Yes/no questions
IdentifyingPeople and Classroom Objects
Noun gender and number
Wissenswerte Vokabeln: das Klassenzimmer, der H?rsaal
The nominative case: definite articles der, das, die
Wissenswerte Vokabeln: die Farben
The nominative case: indefinite articles and kein
Sprache im Alltag: Abbreviated forms of ein
Wissenswerte Vokabeln: L?nder und Nationalit?ten
Brennpunkt Kultur: Where German is spoken
The nominative case
Pronoun substitution Kapitel Zwei: Familie und Freunde Anlauftext: Anna Adler stellt sich vor
Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Annas Familie
Strukturen und Vokabeln
Wissenswerte Vokabeln: die Familie und die
Verwandten Brennpunkt Kultur
German immigration to North America
Indicatingpossession or ownership
The verb haben
Sprache im Alltag: Abbreviated ich-forms of verbs
Sprache im Alltag: Expressions with the verb haben
Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Studienf?cher
Expressing what you like and don't like
The expression gern haben
Brennpunkt Kultur: Types of universities in Germany
Describing actions
Present tense of regular verbs
Conjugation of regular verbs in the present tense
Present-tense equivalents in English and German
Talking about what you like and don't like to do
Verbs + the adverb gern
Present tense of verbs with gern
Position of gern and nicht gern
Talkingabout what you have and don't have
The accusative case
Definite and indefinite articles
Masculine N-nouns
Absprungtext: Anna schreibt ein E-Mail
Wissenswerte Vokabeln: die Monate Strukturen und Vokabeln
Creating variety and shifting emphasis
Position of subject and verb
Wissenswerte Vokabeln: die Wochentage
Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Zeitausdr?cke
Wissenswerte Vokabeln: die Uhrzeit
Describing daily activities
Regular present-tense verbs: verbs with separable prefixes and two-verb constructions
Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Onkel Hannes' Alltag
Expressing negation
Position of nicht Zieltext
Annas E-mail Kapitel Drei
Was gibt es in Heidelberg und Mannheim zu tun? Anlauftext
Was halten wir von Anna?
Was h?lt sie von uns?
Sprache im Alltag
Assumptions with bestimmt, sicher, wahrscheinlich, and wohl
Brennpunkt Kultur: Mealtimes in German-speaking countries Strukturen und Vokabeln
Present tense of stem-changing verbs
The verb wissen
Sprache im Alltag: es gibt, was gibt es... ?, and was gibt's?
Expressing relationships or ownership
Nominative of possessive adjectives
Expressing additional and contrastive information and justifications
Coordinating conjunctions
Stating personal preferences
The particle lieber
Expressingwhat you would like to do
The modal verb m?chte
Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Lebensmittel
Brennpunkt Kultur: The metric system
Sprache im Alltag: Specifying amounts
Sprache im Alltag: Bitte sch?n
Absprungtext: Heidelberg und Mannheim
Brennpunkt Kultur: Heidelberg and Mannheim
Strukturen und Vokabeln
Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Freizeitaktivit?ten
Expressing possibilities
The modal verb k?nnen
Referring to people and things
Accusative pronouns
Talking about people and things that you know
The verb kennen
Expressing relationships or ownership
Accusative of possessive adjectives
Talkingabout more than one item
Noun plurals
Zieltext: Fahren wir nach Heidelberg oder nach Mannheim?
Deutsch im Beruf 1 Kapitel Vier
Unterwegs Anlauftext
Mutters Ratschl?ge
Sprache im Alltag: Assumptions with wohl and wahrscheinlich
Brennpunkt Kultur: Studienm?glichkeiten in Deutschland
Strukturen und Vokabeln
Wissenswerte Vokabeln: das Gep?ck
Tellingfriends or relatives to do something
The informal imperative
The du-imperative
The ihr-imperative
Particles with the imperative
Inclusive suggestions: the wir-imperative
Expressing ability, fondness, and expected obligation
Modal verbs (I)
Expressing ability: k?nnen
Expressing fondness and desire: m?gen and m?chte
Expressing expected obligation: sollen
Absprungtext: Fahrrad fahren: Sicherheitsinfo Nr
Brennpunkt Kultur: Fahrschule und Fahrrad fahren
Strukturen und Vokabeln
Expressing permission, prohibition, necessity, and strong desire
Modal verbs (II)
Expressing permission: d?rfen
Expressing necessity: m?ssen
Expressing strong desire: wollen
Modal verb summary
Brennpunkt Kultur: Mit der Bahn fahren
Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Eigenschaften
Expressing spatial movement, the recipient of something, opposition, and omission
Prepositions with the accusative Zieltext
Endlich unterwegs! Brennpunkt Kultur
Frankfurt am Main Kapitel F?nf
Freundschaften Anlauftext
Die Geschichte von Tante Uschi und Onkel Hannes
Sprache im Alltag: Article with first names
Brennpunkt Kultur: Hansestadt Hamburg Strukturen und Vokabeln
Talkingabout past events
The conversational past
The auxiliaries haben and sein
Past participles
Prefixes of past participles
Past participles of sein and haben
Wissenswerte Vokabeln: das Wetter
Sprache im Alltag: ganz
Wissenswerte Vokabeln: die Jahreszeiten
Absprungtext: Freundschaft! Was bedeutet sie?
Brennpunkt Kultur: Bekannte oder Freunde?
Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Freundschaft und Liebe
Sprache im Alltag
Expressing fondness or love Strukturen und Vokabeln
Expressing what you know and don't know
The verbs kennen and wissen
Subordinate clauses with ob and dass
The subordinating conjunction dass
The subordinating conjunction ob
Expanding on an opinion or idea
Infinitive clauses with zu
Giving reasons
Subordinate clauses with weil
Positioninginformation in a German sentence
Features of German word order
Subject-verb inversion
Two-part placement of German verbs
Verb forms at the end of a subordinate clause
Talking about activities that continue from the past into the present
Present tense verbs with seit, schon, and erst Zieltext
Ein Gespr?ch mit Opa und Oma Kunz Kapitel Sechs
Willkommen in T?bingen Anlauftext
Anna zieht ins Wohnheim ein
Wissenswerte Vokabeln: das Studentenzimmer und die M?bel
Sprache im Alltag: Expressions with animals
Brennpunkt Kultur: Wo Studenten wohnen Strukturen und Vokabeln
Expressingthe beneficiary or recipient of an action
The dative case
The dative case: personal pronouns
The dative case: definite and indefinite articles, and possessive adjectives
Indicating location
Dative of location: in der, im/in dem, in den
Wissenswerte Vokabeln: ein Einfamilienhaus, die Stockwerke
Brennpunkt Kultur: T?bingen
Absprungtext: Integration und multikulturelles Leben
Brennpunkt Kultur: Ausl?nder in Deutschland Strukturen und Vokabeln
Expressing when we do things
The subordinating conjunction wenn
Expressing temporal and spatial relationships
Dative prepositions
Sprache im Alltag: Emphasizing one's opinion
Expressingattitudes and conditions such as gratitude, pleasure, ownership, and need for assistance
Dative verbs and expressions
Dative verbs
Adjectives with the dative case
Idiomatic expressions with the dative case
Wissenswerte Vokabeln: K?rperteile
Specifying what you are talking about
Der-words Zieltext
Gespr?ch in der Gemeinschaftsk?che Literarisches Deutsch
Zwei Liebesgedichte Kapitel Sieben
Man kann alles in der Stadt finden Anlauftext
Barbara muss ein Konto er?ffnen
Brennpunkt Kultur: Studentenerm??igungen Strukturen und Vokabeln
Expressinglocation and destination
Two-case prepositions: wo? versus wohin?
Two-case prepositions
More about an, auf, and in
Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Wo gehst du gern hin?
Sprache im Alltag: Names of cities with an/am
Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Wo macht man das in der Stadt?
Brennpunkt Kultur: Einkaufen
Brennpunkt Kultur: Stuttgart
Giving directions
Prepositional phrases
hin and her
Prepositional phrases indicating location
The prefixes hin and her
Verbs commonly used with the two-case prepositions
Absprungtext: Die Entdeckung des Benjamin Lauth
Brennpunkt Kultur: Fu?ball und Profi-Sport in Mitteleuropa
Brennpunkt Kultur: M?nchen Strukturen und Vokabeln
Talking about when events happen
Time expressions in the dative and accusative case
Time expressions in the dative case
Sprache im Alltag: Expressing regularity
Time expressions in the accusative case
Talking about means of transportation
The preposition mit with the dative case
Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Wie kommt man dahin?
Expressingtime, manner, and place
Word order for time, manner, and place Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Literatur und Film
Expressing the purpose for an action
The subordinating conjunction damit Zieltext
In der Buchhandlung Kapitel Acht
An der Uni studieren Anlauftext
Ein Gruppenreferat
Brennpunkt Kultur: Universit?tskurse Strukturen und Vokabeln
Talkingabout activities we do for ourselves
Reflexive verbs with accusative reflexive pronouns
Reflexive and non-reflexive usage of verbs
Verbs that always require a reflexive pronoun
Word order in sentences with reflexive pronouns
Wissenswerte Vokabeln: die t?gliche Routine Wissenswerte Vokabeln: im Badezimmer
Talking about daily hygiene routines
Reflexive verbs with dative reflexive pronouns
Wissenswerte Vokabeln: krank sein
Absprungtext: Die beste Uni f?r mich
Sprache im Alltag: studieren vs. lernen Brennpunkt Kultur
Das deutsche Universit?tssystem
Brennpunkt Kultur
Wie Studierende ihr Studium finanzieren
Strukturen und Vokabeln
Talking about future events
Future time
The present tense with a time expression
The future tense: werden + infinitive
Expressing probability
The verb werden + wohl
Brennpunkt Kultur: Das deutsche Schulsystem
Specifyingadditional information about actions
Using verbs with prepositional objects
Using da- and wo-compounds Zieltext
Gespr?ch auf einer Party Kapitel Neun
Ein Praktikum in Wien Anlauftext
Karl hat ein Vorstellungsgespr?ch bei der Wiener Staatsoper
Sprache im Alltag: Wishing someone luck
Brennpunkt Kultur: Wien Strukturen und Vokabeln
Providingadditional information about topics
Nominative case relative pronouns
Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Berufe
Accusative case relative pronouns
Dative case relative pronouns
Relative pronouns after prepositions
Proposing activities, making suggestions
Present tense subjunctive with w?rde, h?tte, w?re
Thre present subjunctive of haben and sein
Absprungtext: Wien
Treffen Sie den guten Ton! Brennpunkt Kultur
Berufswahl und Berufsausbildung in deutschsprachigen L?ndern
Strukturen und Vokabeln
Describing people and things (I)
Endings on adjectives after ein-words, der words, or neither
Endings on adjectives after ein-words: nominative case
Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Eigenschaften von guten Bewerbern
Endings on adjectives after ein-words: accusative and dative case endings
Describing people and things (II)
Endings on adjectives preceded by a definite article
Adjectives preceded by a definite article: nominative, accusative, and dative case endings
Endings on unpreceded adjectives
Expressingthe city of origin
Forming adjectives from city names
Brennpunkt Kultur: ?sterreich
Wissenswerte vokabeln: ?sterreichs Leute und L?nder
Comparing people and things
Comparative and superlative forms of adjectives and adverbs
Comparative forms
Superlative forms Zieltext
Das Vorstellungsgespr?ch an der Wiener Staatsoper
Deutsch im Beruf 2 Kapitel Zehn
Feste, Feiertage und Ferien Anlauftext: Aschenputtel
Wissenswerte Vokabeln: M?rchen
Brennpunkt Kultur
Die Br?der Grimm und ihre Kinder- und Hausm?rchen
Strukturen und Vokabeln
Narratingpast events
The narrative past
Narrative past: regular (weak) verbs
Brennpunkt Kultur: Karneval, Fasching, Fastnacht
Narrative past: irregular (strong) verbs
Narrative past: sein, haben, and the modal verbs
Narrative past: mixed verbs
Absprungtext: Braunwald autofrei: Ein Winterm?rchen... hoch ?ber dem Alltag
Sprache im Alltag: Urlaub oder Ferien
Sprache im Alltag: Diminutives
Brennpunkt Kultur: Die Schweiz
Wissenswerte Vokabeln: die Schweiz - geographische Daten Strukturen und Vokabeln
Talking about consecutive events in the past
The past perfect
Using the conjunction nachdem with the past perfect
Word order in sentences beginning with a subordinate clause
Talking about concurrent events in the past
Using the conjunction als
Saying when events occur
Using wenn vs. wann vs. ob
Brennpunkt Kultur: Fest- und Feiertage
The genitive case
Masculine and neuter nouns
Feminine and plural nouns
Masculine N-nouns
Adjective endings
Proper names
The dative preposition von
Genitive prepositions
Sprache im Alltag
Replacing the genitive in spoken German Zieltext
Stefans Puddingschlacht Kapitel Elf
Geschichte und Geographie Deutschlands Anlauftext
Was w?rdest du dann vorschlagen?
Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Sehensw?rdigkeiten in Berlin
Sprache im Alltag: Confirming what someone said
Brennpunkt Kultur
von der Monarchie zur Demokratie (I) Strukturen und Vokabeln
Speculatingabout activities, making suggestions
The subjunctive mood
The present subjunctive of k?nnen and the other modal verbs
Making polite requests and suggestions
Brennpunkt Kultur: Deutschland: von der Monarchie zur Demokratie (II)
Making role-reversal statements with an deiner (Ihrer, etc.) Stelle... and the present subjunctive
The past-time subjunctive
The double-infinitive construction
Talking about unreal situations
Expressing unreal conditions: Wenn-clauses
Subjunctive II forms of regular, irregular, and mixed verbs
Absprungtext: Die Geschichte Berlins
Sprache im Alltag
Special meanings of Wende Brennpunkt Kultur
Deutschland: von der Monarchie zur Demokratie (III)
Strukturen und Vokabeln
Talking about actions as a process
The passive voice
The passive voice: present tense
The passive voice: narrative and conversational past
The impersonal passive
Wissenswerte Vokabeln
Die Landeskunde Deutschlands Zieltext
Wie lange hab' ich das nicht mehr gegessen! Brennpunkt Kultur:
Freistaat Sachsen
Leipzig und Dresden Kapitel Zw?lf
Ende gut, alles gut! Anlauftext
Oh, Stefan, wenn du nur w?sstest! Brennpunkt Kultur
Der Einfluss der englischen und der deutschen Sprache aufeinander
Absprungtext: Warum Deutsch lernen?
Brennpunkt Kultur: Amerikaner und amerikanische
Kultur im deutschsprachigen Mitteleuropa
Brennpunkt Kultur: Deutsche und?sterreichische
Einfl?sse auf Amerikas Kultur Zieltext
Ich m?chte mein Deutsch benutzen in meinem Beruf
Literarisches Deutsch: Zwei
edichte Reference Section Grammar
Summaries and Tables Principal
Parts of Irregular (Strong) and Mixed Verbs
German-English Vocabulary
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