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Jacqueline Vansant received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. She has taught at Hamilton College and Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and currently teaches at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, where she also heads the German section of the Department of Humanities. Her particular interest in language pedagogy lies in reading and reading strategies. She has written widely on contemporary Austrian literature and culture, served as coeditor of Modern Austrian Literature from 2000-05, and is presently working on a book entitled Austria: Made in Hollywood.
Robert Di Donato is Professor of German and Chair of the Department of German, Russian, and East Asian Languages with Hebrew and Arabic at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. He is the chief academic and series developer of Fokus Deutsch, a telecourse with accompanying texts and materials for teaching and learning German, and coauthor of The Big Yellow Book of German Verbs. He has also edited two volumes for the Central States Conference, written articles aout language methodology, and has given numerous keynote speeches, workshops and presentations - both in the United States and abroad - on teaching methods and teacher education. He has won a number of awards for his work in language education, including the Florence Steiner Award for Leadership in Foreign Language Education.
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-Never provides ANY blocks of words/pronunciations in chapters (even when it does, it tends to have whole phrases translated, not word-by-word breakdowns like you need, especially in the beginning). You have to learn 90% of your words on your own, and then try to figure out what's going on in the book based on your own knowledge. This is an almost absurd problem considering the price.
-Randomly tosses around different dialects of German with little division. Without a professor keeping you informed, you might not even notice some of the differences. My fiancee was dismayed to learn that I wasn't learning the same dialect that she knows (and her dialect is High German, which is the one you're "supposed" to learn in an introductory class). I think I'm learning a more Southern or Austrian dialect. Is that the book's fault or my professor's? Since the book doesn't help, I have absolutely no clue!
-The CD is truly worthless. It barely follows the book, and doesn't provide ANY quick access to any necessary elements.Read more ›
The chapters and grammar points don't seem to follow intuitive order for new language learners. I have studied three other non-English languages and wasn't as confused by the order of introduction to new vocabulary and grammar. A more advanced concept will be thrown into the mix and will leave you wondering if it was explained earlier or not. (Chances are it wasn't). This book introduces new concepts but only gives you a few practice questions. So you will have to do more than the book and lab manuals to really hone in on the way this language works.
All in all, I wish there was an easier book to work with. My use of this book is accompanied by a separate dictionary and the Living Language German grammar coursebook, which explains German grammar rules in straightforward, simpler terms.
One would think that with 5 revisions, the authors of Na Klar! Would have tried to make it a little bit more user friendly. Since English and German have many cognates, the authors like to encourage a great deal of guessing of meaning in this book. This is perfectly fine, but then I think that there should be a translation or at least a vocabulary bank for advertisements, newspaper articles, ticket stubs, etc. with vocabulary that hasn't been introduced before. A lot of the exercise have this "Hey! English and German are similar, so let's guess our way through this newspaper article with a bunch of words and grammar that you haven't learned yet!" feel to it.
I'm surprised that there is not a whole chapter devoted to just pronunciation. Not all German classes are taught by native German speakers, and I think that this needs to be addressed by a pronunciation of the German alphabet and all words on a CD by native speakers (more on this later).
There needs to be better coordination between the lab book, workbook, and the main text. What I would like to see is a vocabulary bank for each Kapitel that covers all the words from all three books at the end of the chapter in the main book. I think the CD would be more helpful if all of the vocabulary items were pronounced by a native German speaker. Sometimes students may not remember how to pronounce something a few days after class, and having such a resource on CD would be most helpful.
I would actually prefer it if the authors had gone for a text based on the Audio Lingual Method of teaching language, i.e.Read more ›
That being said, Na Klar 6 retains all the virtue of the 5th edition. While there is a definitive limit to what can be gleaned from a language textbook, as textbooks go this is not the worst. The workbook is immensely useful. The Lab Book does not. Like most products from this publisher, it it clear that the Lab Book was printed to generate profits for the publishing company rather than improve the quality of content of enhance the educational experience of any prospective reader. Instructors would be wise not to use the 6th edition, where the 5th is sufficient to meet the needs of the classroom, given the vast cost difference between the two.
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Shipped exactly on time and in good condition.
Book is logical and we'll layed out but seems pretty advanced to be used as beginner text.
Needed this for my German class, it's a very good book for German classPublished 3 months ago by Marissa
It feels like this book throws you into the deep end of the pool but doesn't really throw you a lifesaver when you start drowning. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Katt R.
Another great purchase. Book was in excellent condition. Couldn't believe it was used.Published 9 months ago by Pam