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Kontakte Hardcover – January 9, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0073386348 ISBN-10: 0073386340 Edition: 7th

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  • Series: A Communicative Approach (Book 73386340)
  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 7 edition (January 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0073386340
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073386348
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 1.1 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,137 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.

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Then the access code will cost you another 80 dollars, at which point you would have been better off buying the complete set from your school's book store.
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One is not systematically taught the rules of grammar.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Mike on August 18, 2012
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The structure of this book is difficult to discern, and its method of introducing one to the German language seems to be to simply plunge the reader in and let them flounder about helplessly while they try to discern what's actually being communicated. The chapters seem to have a very strange layout, though fortunately the ends of the chapters contain a sort of appendix that is much more helpful as far as figuring out what's going on.

Also, if you buy this book new on Amazon and expect the access code that's supposed to come with a new text, prepare to be scammed. These texts are totally devoid of the access code, having been removed and the book re-wrapped and sold as new. Then the access code will cost you another 80 dollars, at which point you would have been better off buying the complete set from your school's book store. This is conveniently not mentioned anywhere on the page so as to reel in anyone who hasn't learned this lesson yet.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By AlyoshaK. on May 17, 2012
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I'm just finishing up a 1st year college German course with Kontakte, and I have to say that I am underwhelmed. The book's approach is very unsystematic, which is quite frustrating for a first year language course. Sometimes vocabulary lists contain the past participle, sometimes they don't. Sometimes they list the plurals with nouns, other times not. And then of course there are always those words in the vocabulary list that are inexplicably left untranslated because they are "close enough" to their English equivalents, even though more often then not, they don't end up meaning what I think they mean. And then there's the fact that the German-English glossary contains different words from the English-German glossary. For a book that now has 7 editions, you would think these kinds of omissions would have been addressed by now. Cases are introduced in a haphazard manner, with the genitive case being completely ignored until the final chapter, and verb tenses are also introduced in a strange way. Plus the cutesy pictures in a college textbook are just insulting, and some of the subject matter is really quite questionable, such as extremely personal questions being asked as part of grammar exercises.

There have to be better German texts out there, and the fact that this book has been through 7 editions without addressing any of the major issues that it has, just confirms my opinion that the authors of the text are more interested in selling the latest edition than they are in teaching students German.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Paul Chung Min Ha on September 10, 2012
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I've taken many language classes so I've acquired many books including ones for Spanish, French, Japanese, and Chinese. Right now I'm taking German class which uses this book and I can say without a doubt that this is the worst language textbook I have ever used. It starts off with two Einfuhrung chapters (introduction chapters) and then 12 regular Kapitel chapters. So far my class has gone through the two Einfuhrung chapters and it has been a nightmare. All the topics and vocabulary are introduced in a disorganized way and it feels sloppy because it keeps using words in the homework that haven't been introduced yet.. Almost all of the instructions to problems are in German so it's difficult to figure out what to do at times. I shouldn't need Google Translate in order to do homework. Just sad and frustrating how bad this book is.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By triple0triple1 on August 29, 2013
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If you're forced to buy the "Connect" online content, it comes with the ebook version. So, you won't need the text if you have computer/internet access. Bring a laptop to class, or buy the cheaper 2008 edition for in class use.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By SNicHend on August 21, 2013
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If you've noticed any other reviews, you'll come across frustrations from other customers claiming this book is disorganized, hard to learn from, and blah blah blah. That's because this book uses immersion. Most instructions are in German with a little English, unlike most language books which are mostly English with some German. They made the book this way for a reason, people. It's not some highschool book where you aren't expected to really learn anything. You don't learn a language just by learning a bunch of grammar. You learn by immersing yourself in the material.

About the organization aspect, this book (if in a college course) is best used as a precursor to a scheduled lecture. That's how I use it. I read a chapter and expect to hear the same words being mentioned by my Professor. If you don't want to be challenged to learn a language the way you would if you spent time in Germany, don't buy this book. Just realize if you don't, you won't actually learn much. I like the book and have it in Kindle format on iPad.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Christopher on April 26, 2013
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This debacle of a textbook experience made me want to drop German class. They require a separate CD that costs as much as the book itself. It wasn't until halfway thru the semester that we actually got the online materials figured out. These textbook companies are out to make money, bottom line. I am a prodigy language learner, yet the sheer amount of material required to pass to the next chapter is simply discouraging. I can't imagine how those students who struggle in language would ever manage to get anything from this text. The objective here wasn't to learn, but to struggle on the next chapter of overwhelming, irrelevant content. Luckily, my German professor saw through this facade of a text and granted grades based on actual, learnable material; material that this book did not provide in my opinion.
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