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Vorsprung: A Communicative Introduction to German Language and Culture,
4th Edition

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

ISBN-13: 9780357036983 | ISBN-10: 0357036980

Copyright 2020

| Published 2019

| 592 pages

List Price USD $188.95

Overview

An innovative and lively first-year program, VORSPRUNG: A COMMUNICATIVE INTRODUCTION TO GERMAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE, 3E uses a unique five-skills approach to help you develop realistic abilities in speaking, listening, reading, and writing German. Utilizing "focus on form" activities, the program presents a systematic, clear introduction to the essentials of German grammar and practices high-frequency structures and vocabulary in interactive activities. It also provides you with cultural knowledge relevant to your own life and then asks you to compare your culture to the habits and behaviors of the German-speaking people of Europe--providing you with a more enriching language experience. To prepare you for successful communication in today's rapidly changing world, VORSPRUNG exposes you to a wealth of spoken and written authentic textual materials and offers an array of in-class activities that provides ample opportunities for you to practice German in current contexts.

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Meet the Authors

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Thomas A. Lovik is a Professor of German and former Chair of the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages at Michigan State University. He has published in the area of contrastive pragmatics of German/English and issues of the profession in the United States. He regularly teaches Business German, Linguistic Analysis of Modern German, teaching methods for undergraduates and graduate students, and graduate courses on the German language. He coordinates the first-year German language program and supervises graduate teaching assistants. He is active locally in the AATG Michigan chapter and the Michigan World Language Association. He is a member of several national organizations—AATG, ACTFL, MLA and the American Association of University Supervisors and Coordinators, and served as the editor of Die Unterrichtspraxis / Teaching German from 2005–2010.

J. Douglas Guy teaches German at Salem State University after years of teaching German in secondary schools, community colleges and adult education. He was involved in the development of instructional texts and media for German and Russian programs as an editor and ghostwriter and has been a presenter at state and national conferences. At the secondary level he regularly ran foreign exchange programs in Germany and Austria, and he has supported college students in their interest to study abroad. He has lived for extended periods in Hamburg and in Frankfurt am Main and taken courses in Hamburg, Weimar, and Berlin. He has also worked as a court interpreter, translator, freelancer photographer, and steward for Lufthansa German Airlines.

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.

  • Representing more contemporary texts or recent editions of original texts, authentic readings include such topics as 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.
  • Helping students make the most of their study time, the Premium Website includes chapter vocabulary and grammar quizzes, web search activities, web links, and text and SAM audio in downloadable mp3 format. This website also offers an iTunes® playlist and Google Earth coordinates both tailored to each textbook chapter.
  • 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.
  • Introduction of Austria as a chapter theme exposes students to another German-speaking country and helps them appreciate the Austrian cultural heritage.
  • Cross-cultural awareness activities (Kulturkreuzung) include thought-provoking, level appropriate questions following each cultural note that encourage students to reflect on the differences between the target culture and their own. Students will gain an increased awareness, sensitivity, and appreciation of this diversity as well as be able to articulate these differences in German. English questions can also now be included, allowing students to truly focus in on the culture--thereby leading to more in-depth classroom discussion.
  • Linear and balanced 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.

Table of Contents

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1. KAPITEL 1: FANFEN SIE BITTE AN.
Anlauf I: Annas Albtraum. Anlauf II: Annas Traum.
2. KAPITEL 2: FAMILIE UND FREUNDE.
Anlauf: Anna Adler stellt sich vor. Absprung: Anna schreibt eine E-Mail. Ziel: Eine E-Mail schreiben. Videotour 1: Texas-Deutsch.
3. KAPITEL 3: WAS GIBT ES IN HEIDELBERG UND MANNHEIM ZU TUN?.
Anlauf: Was halten wir von Anna? Was hält sie von uns?. Absprung: Heidelberg und Mannheim. Ziel: Ein Gedicht über meine Stadt. Deutsch im Beruf 1.
4. KAPITEL 4: UNTERWEGS.
Anlauf: Mutters Ratschläge. Absprung: Warum Radfahren?. Ziel: Fahrradunfälle.
5. KAPITEL 5: FREUNDSCHAFTEN.
Anlauf: Die Geschichte von Tante Uschi und Onkel Hannes. Absprung: Die richtigen Fragen zum Kennenlernen. Ziel: Freunde geben Freunden Ratschläge. Videotour 2: Deutsche Brotkultur.
6. KAPITEL 6: WILLKOMMEN IN TÜBINGEN.
Anlauf: Anna zieht ins Wohnheim ein. Absprung: Kleine Zimmer, kleine Miete – Leben im Studentenwohnheim. Ziel: In dieser Stadt.
7. KAPITEL 7: MAN KANN ALLES IN DER STADT FINDEN.
Anlauf: Barbara muss ein Konto eröffnen. Absprung: Fußball hilft bei Integration. Ziel: Mein Leben als Film.
8. KAPITEL 8: AN DER UNI STUDIEREN.
Anlauf: Ein Gruppenreferat. Absprung: Uniwahl: Entspannt bleiben! Ziel: Ausreden im Deutschkurs. Videotour 3: Der SmartBird: Ein Robotervogel.
9. KAPITEL 9: EIN PRAKTIKUM IN WIEN.
Anlauf: Karl hat ein Vorstellungsgespräch bei der Wiener Staatsoper. Absprung: Wiener Musikleben und Musiker-Gedenkstätten. Ziel: Vorbereitung auf ein Jobinterview Deutsch im Beruf 2.
10. KAPITEL 10: FESTE, FEIERTAGE UND FERIEN.
Anlauf: Aschenputtel: Ein Märchen nach den Brüdern Grimm. Absprung: Braunwald autofrei: Ein Wintermärchen … hoch über dem Alltag. Ziel: Ein Schweizer Märchen.
11. KAPITEL 11: GESCHICHTE UND GEOGRAFIE DEUTSCHLANDS
Anlauf: Was würdest du dann vorschlagen? Absprung: Die Geschichte Berlins. Ziel: Meine persönliche Zeittafel. Videotour 4: Wiener Kaffeehauskultur.
12. KAPITEL 12: ENDE GUT, ALLES GUT!.
Anlauf: Oh, Stefan, wenn du nur wüsstest!. Absprung: Warum Deutsch lernen?. Ziel: Lernerbiografien.
Appendix.
German-English Vocabulary.
Index.
Maps.

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