9780073655161

Kontakte: A Communicative Approach

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    9780073655161

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    0073655163

  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1/1/2000
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill
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Summary

This best-selling German text is based on 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 an end in itself. In the Natural Approach, students develop language in stages, with the comprehension stage preceding the production stage. For that reason, Kontakte focuses first on the receptive skills (listening and reading) before asking students to produce the language (speaking and writing).

Table of Contents

Einführung A

Themen

Aufforderungen

Namen

Beschreibungen

Kleidung

Farben

Zahlen

Der Körper

Begrüßen und Verabschieden

Strukturen

A.1 Giving instructions: polite commands

A.2 What is your name? The verb heißen

A.3 The German case system

A.4 Who are you? The verb sein

A.5 What do you have? The verb haben

A.6 Grammatical gender: nouns and pronouns

A.7 Adressing people: Sie vs. du or ihr

Einführung B

Themen

Das Klassenzimmer

Eigenschaften

Die Familie

Wetter und Jahreszeiten

Herkunft und Nationalität

Strukturen

B.1 Definite and indefinite articles

B.2 Plural forms of nouns

B.3 Personal pronouns

B.4 Origins: Woher kommen Sie?

B.5 Possessive adjectives: mein and dein/Ihr

Kapitel 1: Wer ich bin und was ich tue

Themen

Freizeit

Schule und Universität

Tagesablauf

Persönliche Daten

Strukturen

1.1 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 Vergnügen

Themen

Besitz

Geschenke

Geschmacksfragen

Vergnügen

Strukturen

2.1 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 (informal) du-imperative

Kapitel 3: Talente, Pläne, Pflichten

Themen

Talente und Pläne

Pflichten

Ach, wie nett!

Köperliche und geistige Verfassung

Strukturen

3.1 The modal verbs können, wollen, mögen

3.2 The modal verbs müssen, sollen, dürfen

3.3 Accusative case pronouns

3.4 Word order: dependent clauses

3.5 Dependent clauses and separable-prefix verbs

Kapitel 4: Ereignisse und Erinnerungen

Themen

Tagesablauf

Erlebnisse anderer Personen

Geburtstage und Jahrestage

Ereignisse

Strukturen

4.1 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 Arbeit

Themen

Geschenke und Gefälligkeiten

Berufe

Arbeitsplätze

In der Küche

Strukturen

5.1 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: Wohnen

Themen

Haus und Wohnung

Das Stadtviertel

Auf Wohnungssuche

Hausarbeit

Strukturen

6.1 Making comparisons with adjectives and adverbs

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 and perfect tenses

6.6 The prepositions mit and bei + dative

Kapitel 7: Unterwegs

Themen

Geographie

Transportmittel

Das Auto

Reiseerlebnisse

Strukturen

7.1 Relative clauses

7.2 The superlative 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)

Kapitel 8: Essen und Einkaufen

Themen

Essen und Trinken

Haushaltsgeräte

Einkaufen und Kochen

Im Restaurant

Strukturen

8.1 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 Jugend

Themen

Kindheit

Jugend

Geschichten

Märchen

Strukturen

9.1 The conjunction als with dependent-clause word order

9.2 The simple past tense of haben, sein, 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 Reisen

Themen

Reisepläne

Nach dem Weg fragen

Die große weite Welt

Kleider und Aussehen

Strukturen

10.1 Prepositions to talk about places: aus, bei, nach, von, zu

10.2 Indirect questions: Wissen Sie wo ...?

10.3 Prepositions for giving directions: an ... vorbei, bis zu, entlang, gegenüber von, über

10.4 Expressing possibility: würde + infinitive

10.5 Being polite: The subjunctive form of modal verbs

10.6 Dative verbs

Kapitel 11: Gesundheit und Krankheit

Themen

Krankheit

Körperteile und Körperpflege

Arzt, Apotheke, Krankenhaus

Unfälle

Strukturen

11.1 Accusative reflexive pronouns

11.2 Dative reflexive pronouns

11.3 Word order of accusative and dative objects

11.4 Requests and instructions: the imperative (summary review)

11.5 Word order in dependent and independent clauses (review)

Kapitel 12: Partner

Themen

Familie, Ehe, Partnerschaft

Multikulturelle Gesellschaft

Tiere

Kunst und Literatur

Strukturen

12.1 The genitive case

12.2 Causality and purpose: weil, damit, um ... zu

12.3 The passive voice

12.4 Asking questions about things and concepts: wo-compounds

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