Kontakte: A Communicative Approach / Edition 6

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Overview

This best-selling German text is based on and inspired by the Natural Approach, pioneered by Tracy D. Terrell. Students learn German through communicative contexts with an emphasis on the four skills and cultural competence, with grammar functioning as an aid to language learning and not as an end in itself. The abundance of interesting personalized activities and a wide variety of authentic and author-written readings in Kontakte ensure that students are exposed to rich language input, critical to language acquisition. A full range of supplements, including video, audio and interactive online materials, provide multiple opportunities to practice newly acquired vocabulary and grammar and further refine developing language skills.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073535333
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 1/8/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Erwin Tschirner received his M.A. from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He is Professor of German as a Foreign Language and Applied Linguistics at the Herder Institute of the University of Leipzig, Germany, and Adjunct Professor of German Studies at the University of Arizona.

He is an internationally recognized authority on foreign language learning, methodology, testing, and materials design, including multimedia materials, and has taught in universities in the United States, Cuba, and Germany. He has lectured and consulted in North America, Europe, South East Asia, and the Middle East. Professor Tschirner is coauthor of Kontakte: A Communicative Approach and Assoziationen: Deutsch für die Mittelstufe and has published numerous articles, book chapters, books, and edited volumes in the field of foreign language teaching and learning. He has been a tester and tester trainer for the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview since 1989 and 1993, respectively.

School affiliation was listed as the University of Iowa—-Iowa City. School status cleared 5/27/99.

Tracy D. Terrell (late) received his Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin and published extensively in the area of Spanish dialectology. Professor Terrell’s publications on second-language acquisition are widely known in the United States and abroad.

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Table of Contents

EINFÜHRUNG AThemenAufforderungen
Namen
Kleidung
Farben
Begrüßen und Verabschieden
ZahlenKulturellesKLI: Vornamen
KLI: Farben als Symbole
Videoblick: Guten Tag und Auf Wiedersehen
KLI: So zählt man ... / So schreibt man ...
Videoecke: Persönliche Daten
StrukturenA.1 Giving instructions: polite commands
A.2 What is your name? The verb heißen
A.3 The German case system
A.4 Grammatical gender: nouns and pronouns
A.5 Addressing people: Sie versus du or ihr

EINFÜHRUNG BThemenDas Klassenzimmer
Beschreibungen
Der Körper
Die Familie
Wetter und Jahreszeiten
Herkunft und NationalitätKulturellesKLI: So sehen sich die jungen Deutschen
KLI: Wetter und Klima
Videoblick: Das Wetter
KLI: Die Lage Deutschlands in Europa
Videoecke: Familie
StrukturenB.1 Definite and indefinite articles
B.2 Who are you? The verb sein
B.3 What do you have? The verb haben
B.4 Plural forms of nouns
B.5 Personal pronouns
B.6 Origins: Woher kommen Sie?
B.7 Possessive adjectives: mein and dein / Ihr

Kapitel 1: Wer ich bin und was ich tueThemenFreizeit
Schule und Universität
Tagesablauf
Persönliche DatenKulturellesKLI: Freizeit
KLI: Schule
Videoblick: Christkindl
Videoecke:TagesablaufLektürenBrief eines Internatsschülers
Guten Tag, ich heiße ...Strukturen1.1 The present tense
1.2 Expressing likes and dislikes: gern / nicht gern
1.3 Telling time
1.4 Word order in statements
1.5 Separable-prefix verbs
1.6 Word order in questions
Kapitel 2: Besitz und VergnügenThemenBesitz
Geschenke
Kleidung und Aussehen
VergnügenKulturellesKLI: Der Euro
Videoblick: Erste Berliner Fashion-Week
KLI: Vergnügen
Videoecke: HobbysLektürenRinge fürs Leben zu zweit
Film: Im JuliStrukturen2.1 The accusative case
2.2 The negative article: kein, keine
2.3 What would you like? Ich möchte ...
2.4 Possessive adjectives
2.5 The present tense of stem-vowel changing verbs
2.6 Asking people to do things: the du-imperative

Kapitel 3: Talente, Pläne, PflichtenThemenTalente und Pläne
Pflichten
Ach, wie nett!K
örperliche und geistige VerfassungKulturellesVideoblick: Handys in der Schule
KLI: Jugendschutz
KLI: Schuljahr und Zeugnisse
Videoecke: Fähigkeiten und PflichtenLektürenDas Geheimnis der Küchenbank (Ulrike Kaup)
Die PISA-StudieStrukturen3.1 The modal verbs können, wollen, mögen
3.2 The modal verbs müssen, sollen, dürfen
3.3 Accusative case: personal pronouns
3.4 Word order: dependent clauses
3.5 Dependent clauses and separable prefix verbs

Kapitel 4: Ereignisse und ErinnerungenThemenDer Alltag
Urlaub und Freizeit
Geburtstage und Jahrestage
EreignisseKulturelles
Videoblick: Dresdner Bahnhof in neuem Glanz
KLI: Feiertage und Brauchtum
KLI: Universität und Studium
Videoecke: Feste und FeiernLektüren
Aufräumen (Martin Auer)
Film: Das Wunder von BernStrukturen4.1 Talking about the past: the perfect tense
4.2 Strong and weak past participles
4.3 Dates and ordinal numbers
4.4 Prepositions of time: um, am, im
4.5 Past participles with and without ge-

Kapitel 5: Geld und ArbeitThemenGeschenke und Gefälligkeiten
Berufe
Arbeitsplätze
In der KücheKulturellesKLI: Ladenschluss in Deutschland
Videoblick: Azubibewerbung
KLI: Ausbildung und Beruf
Videoecke: Studium und ArbeitLektürenSchüler arbeiten
Film: Der TunnelStrukturen5.1 Dative case: articles and possessive adjectives
5.2 Question pronouns: wer, wen, wem
5.3 Expressing change: the verb werden
5.4 Location: in, an, auf + dative case
5.5 Dative case: personal pronouns

Kapitel 6: WohnenThemenHaus und Wohnung
Das Stadtviertel
Auf Wohnungssuche
HausarbeitKulturellesKLI: Wohnen
KLI: Auf Wohnungssuche
Videoblick: Tausche Fahrrad reparieren gegen Bügeln
Videoecke: WohnenLektürenRegionale Baustile
Film: Good bye Lenin!Strukturen6.1 Dative verbs
6.2 Location vs. destination: two-way prepositions with the dative or accusative case
6.3 Word order: time before place
6.4 Direction: in / auf vs. zu / nach
6.5 Separable-prefix verbs: the present tense and the perfect tense
6.6 The prepositions mit and bei + dative

Kapitel 7: UnterwegsThemenGeografie
Transportmittel
Das Auto
ReiseerlebnisseKulturellesVideoblick: Masterplan Fahrrad
KLI: Führerschein
KLI: Reisen und Urlaub
Videoecke: Ausflüge und VerkehrsmittelLektürenDie Lorelei (Heinrich Heine)
Die Motorradtour (Christine Egger)Strukturen7.1 Relative clauses
7.2 Making comparisons: the comparative and superlative forms of adjectives and adverbs
7.3 Referring to and asking about things and ideas: da -compounds and wo -compounds
7.4 The perfect tense (review)
7.5 The simple past tense of haben and sein

Kapitel 8: Essen und EinkaufenThemenEssen und Trinken
Haushaltsgeräte
Einkaufen und Kochen
Im RestaurantKulturellesVideoblick: Gesunde Ernährung
KLI: Essgewohnheiten
KLI: Stichwort „Restaurant“
Videoecke: EssenLektürenMord im Café König?
Film: Jenseits der StilleStrukturen8.1 Adjectives: an overview
8.2 Attributive adjectives in the nominative and accusative cases
8.3 Destination vs. location: stellen / stehen, legen / liegen, setzen / sitzen, hängen / hängen
8.4 Adjectives in the dative case
8.5 Talking about the future: the present and future tenses

Kapitel 9: Kindheit und JugendThemen
Kindheit
Jugend
Geschichten
MärchenKulturellesKLI: Jugend im 21. Jahrhundert
KLI: Die Jugend von heute – eine pragmatische Generation unter Druck
Videoblick: Die Sonne und die Frösche
Videoecke: SchuleLektürenDer standhafte Zinnsoldat - TEIL I (Hans Christian Andersen)
Der standhafte Zinnsoldat - TEIL II (Hans Christian Andersen)Strukturen9.1 The conjunction als with dependent-clause word order
9.2 The simple past tense of werden, the modal verbs, and wissen
9.3 Time: als, wenn, wann
9.4 The simple past tense of strong and weak verbs (receptive)
9.5 Sequence of events in past narration: the past perfect tense and the conjunction nachdem (receptive)

Kapitel 10: Auf ReisenThemenReisepläne
Nach dem Weg fragen
Urlaub am Strand
TiereKulturellesKLI: Reiseziele
Videoblick: Essen über den Wolken
KLI: Die deutschen Ostseebäder
Videoecke: UrlaubLektürenDie Stadt (Theodor Storm)
Husum
Film: Die fetten Jahre sind vorbeiStrukturen10.1 Prepositions to talk about places: aus, bei, nach, von, zu
10.2 Requests and instructions: the imperative (summary review)
10.3 Prepositions for giving directions: an ... vorbei, bis zu, entlang, gegenüber von, über
10.4 Being polite: the subjunctive form of modal verbs
10.5 Focusing on the action: the passive voice

Kapitel 11: Gesundheit und KrankheitThemen
Krankheit
Körperteile und Körperpflege
Arzt, Apotheke, Krankenhaus
UnfälleKulturellesKLI: HausmittelVideoblick: Charly hat Masern
KLI: Beim Arzt
Videoecke: KrankheitenLektürenJuttas neue Frisur
Film: Das Leben der AnderenStrukturen11.1 Accusative reflexive pronouns
11.2 Dative reflexive pronouns
11.3 Word order of accusative and dative objects
11.4 Indirect questions: Wissen Sie, wo...?
11.5 Word order in dependent and independent clauses (summary review)

Kapitel 12: Die moderne GesellschaftThemen
Familie, Ehe, Partnerschaft
Multikulturelle Gesellschaft
Das liebe Geld
Kunst und LiteraturKulturellesKLI: Gleichberechtigung im Haushalt und im Beruf
Videoblick: Frauentag
KLI: Wie bezahlt man in Europa?
Videoecke: Familie und FreundeLektürenDeutsche Kastanien (Yüksel Pazarkaya)
afro-deutsch I (May Ayim)Strukturen12.1 The genitive case
12.2 Expressing possibility: würde, hätte, and wäre
12.3 Causality and purpose: weil, damit, um ... zu
12.4 Principles of case (summary review)

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