Vorsprung: A Communicative Introduction to German Language and Culture

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Vorsprung is an innovative and lively first-year program that uses a five-skills approach, emphasizing the acquisition of communicative as well as cultural competence without sacrificing attention to formal accuracy. Utilizing "focus on form" activities in an engaging, personalized fashion, Vorsprung helps students develop realistic abilities in speaking, listening, and reading German. The program presents a systematic, clear introduction to the essentials of German grammar and practices high-frequency structures and vocabulary in interactive activities. In addition, it provides students with the cultural knowledge that is relevant to their own lives and then asks them to compare their cultures to the habits and behaviors of the German-speaking peoples of Europe. In order to prepare students for successful communication in today's rapidly changing world, Vorsprung exposes them to a wealth of spoken and written authentic textual materials. To support this focus on spoken and written German, Vorsprung offers an array of in-class activities that foster accuracy and provide ample opportunities for students to practice German in authentic contexts.

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Thomas Lovik is a Professor of German at Michigan State University where he regularly teaches first-year German, Linguistic Analysis of Modern German, teaching methods for undergraduates and graduate students, and graduate courses on the German language. His departmental duties include coordination of the first-year German language program as well as training German teaching assistant. He also organizes the orientation workshop for all new Arabic, Chinese, German, and Japanese teaching assistants in the department. The current editor of DIE UNTERRICHTSPRAXIS/TEACHING GERMAN, Prof. Lovik has published in the area of contrastive pragmatics German/English. He is active locally in the AATG-Michigan and the Michigan World Language Association and is a member of several national organizations, including AATG, ACTFL, MLA, and the American Association of University Supervisors and Coordinators.

J. Douglas Guy is adjunct professor of German at Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill, Mass. An editor and ghostwriter, he has made significant contributions to the development of instructional text and media for German and Russian Programs. A presenter at state and national conferences, he has also worked as a court interpreter, translator, and freelance photographer. He regularly sponsors exchange programs at the secondary level. He received his B.A. from Indiana University and his M.A. from Middleburry College.

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.

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Kapitel Eins: Fangen Sie bitte an Anlauftext I: Annas Albtraum Strukturen und Vokabeln I. Understanding commands and requests. The imperative. A. Formation of the formal imperative. Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Aktivitaten im Klassenzimmer. B. The word bitte Anlauftext II: Annas Traum. Brennpunkt Kultur: Greetings and farewells Strukturen und Vokabeln II. Describing yourself and others. A. The verb sein; subject pronouns. B. The pronoun you. Brennpunkt Kultur: Titles of address III. Asking for someone's name. The verb heissen. Wissenswerte Vokabeln: das Alphabet. Wissenswerte Vokabeln: die Zahlen. Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Aussehen IV. Asking for information and clarification. Question formation: A. Information questions B. Yes/no questions V. Identifying People and Classroom Objects. A. Noun gender and number. Wissenswerte Vokabeln: das Klassenzimmer, der Horsaal. B. The nominative case: definite articles der, das, die. Wissenswerte Vokabeln: die Farben. C. The nominative case: indefinite articles and kein. Sprache im Alltag: Abbreviated forms of ein. Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Lander und Nationalitaten. Brennpunkt Kultur: Where German is spoken. D. The nominative case. E. Pronoun substitution Kapitel Zwei: Familie und Freunde Anlauftext: Anna Adler stellt sich vor. Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Annas Familie. Strukturen und Vokabeln Wissenswerte Vokabeln: die Familie und die Verwandten Brennpunkt Kultur: German immigration to North America I. Indicating possession or ownership. The verb haben. Sprache im Alltag: Abbreviated ich-forms of verbs. Sprache im Alltag: Expressions with the verb haben. Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Studienfacher II. Expressing what you like and don't like. The expression gern haben. Brennpunkt Kultur: Types of universities in Germany III. Describing actions. Present tense of regular verbs. A. Conjugation of regular verbs in the present tense. B. Present-tense equivalents in English and German IV. Talking about what you like and don't like to do. Verbs + the adverb gern. A. Present tense of verbs with gern. B. Position of gern and nicht gern V. Talking about what you have and don't have. The accusative case. A. Definite and indefinite articles. B. Masculine N-nouns. Absprungtext: Anna schreibt ein E-Mail. Wissenswerte Vokabeln: die Monate Strukturen und Vokabeln VI. Creating variety and shifting emphasis. Position of subject and verb. Wissenswerte Vokabeln: die Wochentage. Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Zeitausdrucke. Wissenswerte Vokabeln: die Uhrzeit VII. Describing daily activities. Regular present-tense verbs: verbs with separable prefixes and two-verb constructions. Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Onkel Hannes' Alltag VIII. Expressing negation. Position of nicht Zieltext: Annas E-mail Kapitel Drei: Was gibt es in Heidelberg und Mannheim zu tun? Anlauftext: Was halten wir von Anna? Was halt sie von uns? Sprache im Alltag: Assumptions with bestimmt, sicher, wahrscheinlich, and wohl. Brennpunkt Kultur: Mealtimes in German-speaking countries Strukturen und Vokabeln I. Describing activities. Present tense of stem-changing verbs. The verb wissen. Sprache im Alltag: es gibt, was gibt es ... ?, and was gibt's? II. Expressing relationships or ownership. Nominative of possessive adjectives III. Expressing additional and contrastive information and justifications. Coordinating conjunctions IV. Stating personal preferences. The particle lieber V. Expressing what you would like to do. The modal verb mochte. Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Lebensmittel. Brennpunkt Kultur: The metric system. Sprache im Alltag: Specifying amounts. Sprache im Alltag: Bitte schon. Absprungtext: Heidelberg und Mannheim. Brennpunkt Kultur: Heidelberg and Mannheim Strukturen und Vokabeln Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Freizeitaktivitaten VI. Expressing possibilities. The modal verb konnen VII. Referring to people and things. Accusative pronouns VIII. Talking about people and things that you know. The verb kennen IX. Expressing relationships or ownership. Accusative of possessive adjectives X. Talking about more than one item. Noun plurals. Zieltext: Fahren wir nach Heidelberg oder nach Mannheim? Deutsch im Beruf 1 Kapitel Vier: Unterwegs Anlauftext: Mutters Ratschlage. Sprache im Alltag: Assumptions with wohl and wahrscheinlich. Brennpunkt Kultur: Studienmoglichkeiten in Deutschland Strukturen und Vokabeln Wissenswerte Vokabeln: das Gepack I. Telling friends or relatives to do something. The informal imperative. A. The du-imperative. B. The ihr-imperative. C. Particles with the imperative. D. Inclusive suggestions: the wir-imperative II. Expressing ability, fondness, and expected obligation. Modal verbs (I). A. Expressing ability: konnen. B. Expressing fondness and desire: mogen and mochte. C. Expressing expected obligation: sollen. Absprungtext: Fahrrad fahren: Sicherheitsinfo Nr 8. Brennpunkt Kultur: Fahrschule und Fahrrad fahren Strukturen und Vokabeln III. Expressing permission, prohibition, necessity, and strong desire. Modal verbs (II). A. Expressing permission: durfen. B. Expressing necessity: mussen. C. Expressing strong desire: wollen. D. Modal verb summary. Brennpunkt Kultur: Mit der Bahn fahren. Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Eigenschaften IV. Expressing spatial movement, the recipient of something, opposition, and omission. Prepositions with the accusative Zieltext: Endlich unterwegs! Brennpunkt Kultur: Frankfurt am Main Kapitel Funf: Freundschaften Anlauftext: Die Geschichte von Tante Uschi und Onkel Hannes. Sprache im Alltag: Article with first names. Brennpunkt Kultur: Hansestadt Hamburg Strukturen und Vokabeln I. Talking about past events. The conversational past. A. The auxiliaries haben and sein. B. Past participles. C. Prefixes of past participles. D. Past participles of sein and haben. Wissenswerte Vokabeln: das Wetter. Sprache im Alltag: ganz. Wissenswerte Vokabeln: die Jahreszeiten. Absprungtext: Freundschaft! Was bedeutet sie? Brennpunkt Kultur: Bekannte oder Freunde? Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Freundschaft und Liebe. Sprache im Alltag: Expressing fondness or love Strukturen und Vokabeln II. Expressing what you know and don't know. The verbs kennen and wissen. Subordinate clauses with ob and dass. A. The subordinating conjunction dass. B. The subordinating conjunction ob III. Expanding on an opinion or idea. Infinitive clauses with zu IV. Giving reasons. Subordinate clauses with weil V. Positioning information in a German sentence. Features of German word order. A. Subject-verb inversion. B. Two-part placement of German verbs. C. Verb forms at the end of a subordinate clause VI. Talking about activities that continue from the past into the present. Present tense verbs with seit, schon, and erst Zieltext: Ein Gesprach mit Opa und Oma Kunz Kapitel Sechs: Willkommen in Tubingen Anlauftext: Anna zieht ins Wohnheim ein. Wissenswerte Vokabeln: das Studentenzimmer und die Mobel. Sprache im Alltag: Expressions with animals. Brennpunkt Kultur: Wo Studenten wohnen Strukturen und Vokabeln I. Expressing the beneficiary or recipient of an action. The dative case. A. The dative case: personal pronouns. B. The dative case: definite and indefinite articles, and possessive adjectives II. Indicating location. Dative of location: in der, im/in dem, in den. Wissenswerte Vokabeln: ein Einfamilienhaus, die Stockwerke. Brennpunkt Kultur: Tubingen. Absprungtext: Integration und multikulturelles Leben. Brennpunkt Kultur: Auslander in Deutschland Strukturen und Vokabeln III. Expressing when we do things. The subordinating conjunction wenn IV. Expressing temporal and spatial relationships. Dative prepositions. Sprache im Alltag: Emphasizing one's opinion V. Expressing attitudes and conditions such as gratitude, pleasure, ownership, and need for assistance. Dative verbs and expressions. A. Dative verbs. B. Adjectives with the dative case. C. Idiomatic expressions with the dative case. Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Korperteile VI. Specifying what you are talking about. Der-words Zieltext: Gesprach in der Gemeinschaftskuche Literarisches Deutsch : Zwei Liebesgedichte Kapitel Sieben: Man kann alles in der Stadt finden Anlauftext: Barbara muss ein Konto eroffnen. Brennpunkt Kultur: Studentenermassigungen Strukturen und Vokabeln I. Expressing location and destination. Two-case prepositions: wo? versus wohin? A. Two-case prepositions. B. More about an, auf, and in. Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Wo gehst du gern hin? Sprache im Alltag: Names of cities with an/am. Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Wo macht man das in der Stadt? Brennpunkt Kultur: Einkaufen. Brennpunkt Kultur: Stuttgart. II. Giving directions. Prepositional phrases; hin and her. A. Prepositional phrases indicating location. B. The prefixes hin and her. C. Verbs commonly used with the two-case prepositions. Absprungtext: Die Entdeckung des Benjamin Lauth. Brennpunkt Kultur: Fussball und Profi-Sport in Mitteleuropa. Brennpunkt Kultur: Munchen Strukturen und Vokabeln III. Talking about when events happen. Time expressions in the dative and accusative case. A. Time expressions in the dative case. Sprache im Alltag: Expressing regularity. B. Time expressions in the accusative case IV. Talking about means of transportation. The preposition mit with the dative case. Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Wie kommt man dahin? V. Expressing time, manner, and place. Word order for time, manner, and place Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Literatur und Film VI. Expressing the purpose for an action. The subordinating conjunction damit Zieltext: In der Buchhandlung Kapitel Acht: An der Uni studieren Anlauftext: Ein Gruppenreferat. Brennpunkt Kultur: Universitatskurse Strukturen und Vokabeln I. Talking about activities we do for ourselves. Reflexive verbs with accusative reflexive pronouns. A. Reflexive and non-reflexive usage of verbs. B. Verbs that always require a reflexive pronoun. C. Word order in sentences with reflexive pronouns. Wissenswerte Vokabeln: die tagliche Routine Wissenswerte Vokabeln: im Badezimmer II. Talking about daily hygiene routines. Reflexive verbs with dative reflexive pronouns. Wissenswerte Vokabeln: krank sein. Absprungtext: Die beste Uni fur mich. Sprache im Alltag: studieren vs. lernen Brennpunkt Kultur: Das deutsche Universitatssystem. Brennpunkt Kultur: Wie Studierende ihr Studium finanzieren Strukturen und Vokabeln III. Talking about future events. Future time. A. The present tense with a time expression. B. The future tense: werden + infinitive IV. Expressing probability. The verb werden + wohl. Brennpunkt Kultur: Das deutsche Schulsystem V. Specifying additional information about actions. A. Using verbs with prepositional objects. B. Using da- and wo-compounds Zieltext: Gesprach auf einer Party Kapitel Neun: Ein Praktikum in Wien Anlauftext: Karl hat ein Vorstellungsgesprach bei der Wiener Staatsoper. Sprache im Alltag: Wishing someone luck. Brennpunkt Kultur: Wien Strukturen und Vokabeln I. Providing additional information about topics. A. Nominative case relative pronouns. Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Berufe. B. Accusative case relative pronouns. C. Dative case relative pronouns. D. Relative pronouns after prepositions II. Proposing activities, making suggestions. A. Present tense subjunctive with wurde, hatte, ware. B. Thre present subjunctive of haben and sein. Absprungtext: Wien: Treffen Sie den guten Ton! Brennpunkt Kultur: Berufswahl und Berufsausbildung in deutschsprachigen Landern Strukturen und Vokabeln III. Describing people and things (I). Endings on adjectives after ein-words, der words, or neither. A. Endings on adjectives after ein-words: nominative case. Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Eigenschaften von guten Bewerbern. B. Endings on adjectives after ein-words: accusative and dative case endings IV. Describing people and things (II). Endings on adjectives preceded by a definite article. A. Adjectives preceded by a definite article: nominative, accusative, and dative case endings. B. Endings on unpreceded adjectives V. Expressing the city of origin. Forming adjectives from city names. Brennpunkt Kultur: Osterreich. Wissenswerte vokabeln: Osterreichs Leute und Lander VI. Comparing people and things. Comparative and superlative forms of adjectives and adverbs. A. Comparative forms. B. Superlative forms Zieltext: Das Vorstellungsgesprach an der Wiener Staatsoper Deutsch im Beruf 2 Kapitel Zehn: Feste, Feiertage und Ferien Anlauftext: Aschenputtel. Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Marchen. Brennpunkt Kultur: Die Bruder Grimm und ihre Kinder- und Hausmarchen Strukturen und Vokabeln I. Narrating past events. The narrative past. A. Narrative past: regular (weak) verbs. Brennpunkt Kultur: Karneval, Fasching, Fastnacht. B. Narrative past: irregular (strong) verbs. C. Narrative past: sein, haben, and the modal verbs. D. Narrative past: mixed verbs. Absprungtext: Braunwald autofrei: Ein Wintermarchen ... hoch uber dem Alltag. Sprache im Alltag: Urlaub oder Ferien. Sprache im Alltag: Diminutives. Brennpunkt Kultur: Die Schweiz. Wissenswerte Vokabeln: die Schweiz - geographische Daten Strukturen und Vokabeln II. Talking about consecutive events in the past. The past perfect. Using the conjunction nachdem with the past perfect. Word order in sentences beginning with a subordinate clause III. Talking about concurrent events in the past. Using the conjunction als IV. Saying when events occur. Using wenn vs. wann vs. ob. Brennpunkt Kultur: Fest- und Feiertage V. Expressing ownership. The genitive case. A. Masculine and neuter nouns. B. Feminine and plural nouns. C. Masculine N-nouns. D. Adjective endings. E. Proper names. F. The dative preposition von. G. Genitive prepositions. Sprache im Alltag: Replacing the genitive in spoken German Zieltext: Stefans Puddingschlacht Kapitel Elf: Geschichte und Geographie Deutschlands Anlauftext: Was wurdest du dann vorschlagen? Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Sehenswurdigkeiten in Berlin. Sprache im Alltag: Confirming what someone said. Brennpunkt Kultur: Deutschland: von der Monarchie zur Demokratie (I) Strukturen und Vokabeln I. Speculating about activities, making suggestions. The subjunctive mood. A. The present subjunctive of konnen and the other modal verbs. B. Making polite requests and suggestions. Brennpunkt Kultur: Deutschland: von der Monarchie zur Demokratie (II).C. Making role-reversal statements with an deiner (Ihrer, etc.) Stelle... and the present subjunctive. D. The past-time subjunctive. E. The double-infinitive construction II. Talking about unreal situations. A. Expressing unreal conditions: Wenn-clauses. B. Subjunctive II forms of regular, irregular, and mixed verbs. Absprungtext: Die Geschichte Berlins. Sprache im Alltag: Special meanings of Wende Brennpunkt Kultur: Deutschland: von der Monarchie zur Demokratie (III). Strukturen und Vokabeln III. Talking about actions as a process. The passive voice. A. The passive voice: present tense. B. The passive voice: narrative and conversational past. C. The impersonal passive. Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Die Landeskunde Deutschlands Zieltext: Wie lange hab' ich das nicht mehr gegessen! Brennpunkt Kultur: Freistaat Sachsen: Leipzig und Dresden Kapitel Zwolf: Ende gut, alles gut! Anlauftext: Oh, Stefan, wenn du nur wusstest! Brennpunkt Kultur: Der Einfluss der englischen und der deutschen Sprache aufeinander. Absprungtext: Warum Deutsch lernen? Brennpunkt Kultur: Amerikaner und amerikanische Kultur im deutschsprachigen Mitteleuropa. Brennpunkt Kultur: Deutsche undosterreichische Einflusse auf Amerikas Kultur Zieltext: Ich mochte mein Deutsch benutzen in meinem Beruf. Literarisches Deutsch: Zwei Gedichte Reference Section Grammar Summaries and Tables Principal Parts of Irregular (Strong) and Mixed Verbs German-English Vocabulary English-German Vocabulary Index

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