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Auf geht’s! and Weiter geht’s! create a community of language learnersÂ transformed by the experience of learning both German language and the cultures of the German-speaking regions. We want students to become bilingual, to self-identify as bilingual, and to commit themselves to becoming members of the global community. Their GermanÂ courses should have a lasting impact and be an keyÂ stepÂ towards becoming committed lifelong learners of the GermanÂ language and of other cultures.
Different learning media have strengths and weaknesses. we strive to useÂ multimedia, print, and classroom-based tasksÂ in creative ways though out our curriculum. This allows the strengths of each medium to be emphasized, enhancing student learning.
Auf geht’s! and Weiter geht’s! use authentic, unscripted narratives that are aimed at non-native speakers. These listening tasks are conducted in the software component, which also provides vocabulary and other support to help students understand. While challenging at first, this approach develops excellent listening comprehension skills.
Culture-based textbooks for College German
Designed for First-year German classes, our goal is to targetÂ Intermediate Low proficiency inÂ German while providing a well-rounded understanding of everyday life in the German-speaking countries.Â Auf gehtâs!Â works well for a fast moving one-year course, as well as beginning sequences that are spread over three semesters.
Intended for Intermediate German courses,Â Weiter gehtâs!Â focuses on providing a solid grounding in topics such as multiculturalism, recent German history, German as a social democracy, Switzerland and Austria, and more. The content is designed to help Intermediate-level students âbridge the gapâ into upper division culture and literature courses.
Learner focused interactions
Â Integrated multiple media
Unlike 985-260-7345aÂ monolithic textbook, theÂ Lernbuch used in bothÂ Auf gehtâs! and WeiterÂ geht’s!Â does not attempt to fulfill every function. Rather, theyÂ are designed to handle the tasks that are best done in print and leave to the interactive software the learning functions that work best in software.
So ourÂ LernbuchÂ combines the best elements of a textbook and a workbook into one medium.
Â Authentic materials
Our 7736710519phrase âSympauthentic inputâ refers to unscripted speech elicited from native German speakers speaking to or for non-native German speakers. The interviews that form the core of listening activites for Auf gehtâs! were conducted with beginning learners in mindÂ â choosing appropriate interview questions is crucial. Asking âWhat can Germany do to further world peace?â will elicit a much different response than a question such as âWhat is in your refrigerator?â
Written texts and listening pieces are drawn from hundreds of interviews with native GermanÂ speakers, with content appropriate for novice and intermediate learners. This real, unscripted and normal-speed language provides students with excellent training in listening comprehension, preparing students for real encounters in the target language as well as providing natural models for their own production. Careful selection of interview questions and responses, along with varied pedagogical interventions make this authentic language accessible and âdoableâ for beginning and intermediate learners.
Â Model-based writingÂ
The Auf gehtâs! Lernbuch has a robust, model-based writing program far beyond anything in traditional textbooks. Normally, student writing at the novice level is very limited, and attempts to write beyond their level result either in incomprehensible German or, when students give up, computer-translated text. By providing thorough scaffolding through writing models, students can âbootstrapâ their writing and produce meaningful written discourse that is level appropriate and develops their awareness of how German works in a successful manner.
Extensive listening practice
We conducted over 240 interviews with native speakers and long-time residents of Germany, Switzerland and Austria to form the basis for the listening program for Auf gehtâs! and Weiter gehtâs! The interviews are all unscripted. We culled them for the best and most relevant language samples to serve as listening comprehension texts.
Students learn a very real spoken form of German, and become accustomed to dealing with authentic audio. This prepares them very well for actually using German in âreal lifeâ, either in German speaking countries or with German speakers in their own community. We feel that it is crucial to get students used to actual German, because traditional listening texts, scripted to cover grammatical features and spoken slowly and clearly by professional voice talent, aids comprehension but does not actually prepare students well for listening âin the wildâ.