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Kontakte: A Communicative Approach (Student Edition) Hardcover – Color, January 8, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0073535333 ISBN-10: 0073535338 Edition: 6th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education; 6th edition (January 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0073535338
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073535333
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About 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.

Customer Reviews

This book is just bad.
Brandon
The emphasis on grammar is not consistent and it is very easy for a student to miss keys in the sentence construction.
The Proton
I personally would never recommend this book to anyone, ever, who wanted to learn German.
L. Kelley

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By The Realist on November 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a terrible text book for learning German. There is almost no explanation of what needs to be done, and what is shown is minimal. You have to look at the answers in the back of the book to get an idea of what it wants you to do. You have to read the blue sections at the end of the chapter before you read the preceding white pages, or you will not understand what is happening in that chapter. I am constantly looking on the internet for grammar instructions because there is almost nothing given in the book. Some of the words used in the exercises are not defined in the Wortschatz (dictionary). This book is designed to insure you make a lot of mistakes. Although people should learn from their mistakes, forcing people to make mistakes shouldn't be a method of teaching. I was told by my professor, who knows the author, that this text book is based on the "immersion" theory of learning a language. Imagine not knowing how to swim and getting thrown into the deep end of a swimming pool. Now as you are gasping for air and struggling to stay afloat, you are also being taught how to swim. With this book you are constantly being pushed further into the deep end with no wall close by to grab on to and catch your breath. You either learn German, or get out of the pool and drop the class. If you have to use this book in your class, expect to spend many hours looking for additional help. The book is used for two semesters: German 1 and German 2 (or equivalent). After you finish the class the book is useless as a reference. It is not useful for teaching your children or anyone else how to read, write, or speak German. This text book has made me hate the German language.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lev Raphael on January 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book for an introductory class and I'm finding it well-balanced, though not perfect. Other books I've seen hit you too hard and too fast. This one introduces German basics at a decent clip. Now, I have been to Germany three times and have studied it on my own and taken one brief Conversational German course, but I do find the introduction to grammar and vocabulary pitched just right even for beginners. The disputatious reviews here point to the fact that learning a language is very idiosyncratic--we all learn differently and hopefully can adapt whatever text we use to our own learning styles. But you have to work to identify how you learn to know what's helpful and what isn't. I'm enjoying the book, neither finding it wonderful nor thinking it deplorable. Watching and listening to students in my lass who have little or no German background, I think they're doing well and not hating the text. BTW, it is expensive, but it's being used for the second semester of this course, so that breaks down to a bit over $50 for each semester, which isn't bad. Ditto the on-line workbook (which has some glitches, be prepared): that ends up being around less than $25 a semester since the "key" you buy is good for 24 months.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Geno on October 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have several problems with this book. First off, cognates are not translated, but instead listed in a group with no translations. Many of these so-called cognates are not very obvious, and it is easy to miss them when going through the chapter. It also takes extra time looking through the glossary finding translations. This strikes me as just lazy on the part of the publishers. Furthermore, the student is frequently given phrases and words that they aren't given the tools to understand for chapters later. The order of the lessons seems to have no guiding reason behind it. Overall, a very difficult book to study from.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By L. Kelley on October 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am a college student currently using this textbook, and I have to say it is one of the most awful textbooks I have ever used. I took two years of German in high school, and had trouble with this book. The instructions for assignments are all in German, which means you have to constantly look up words to understand what you are supposed to do. On top of that, the reading comprehension sections are vastly beyond what someone with that level of German can understand. I had to as one of my friends for help, and he had trouble reading it. He is three classes ahead of me, and he had trouble reading it, that is a bit of a problem. There are usually a lot of colloquialisms and a lot of words that aren't introduced in the chapter, or otherwise defined in the book. The professor even commented on how difficult the reading portions were for someone at that level of German. The way the book introduced grammar is equally problematic. All of the grammar stuff is at the end of the chapter, and there is very little emphasis on it. Last I checked, vocabulary alone does not make a language, you need grammar too. I personally would never recommend this book to anyone, ever, who wanted to learn German.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J.P. on March 6, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I've had 4 years of German before, which is why this book may be easy to understand for me. But I can see in the text, why it would be difficult to digest for beginners. It uses the "connection" approach, as in you see a picture of an apple, are given the German word for apple, and you make the connection. Sometimes in the images, it's tough to decipher what action the person is performing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on April 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is beyond bad, along with the online exercises that go with it. I have a friend who is from Germany and completely fluent in the language, she can't even do the Quia exercises half of the time! The dialect on some of the speakers are bad and the exercises online have vocabulary and grammar you don't know so it is just confusing to listen to. The book expects you to know things about German that you don't know yet because you're trying to learn them so on half of the chapters you sit there confused until a teacher takes the time to explain what the book is trying to tell you. Half of the exercises have vocabulary that you don't have any idea about, and of course most of the vocabulary used is not in the back of the book for you to look up. Overall it's a completely worthless book that won't really teach you anything. My teacher tries not to follow it because it's so bad.
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