Treffpunkt Deutsch eBook (7e) : 9780135162866

Treffpunkt Deutsch eBook (7e)

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For courses in Elementary German

A meeting place where German language and culture flourish
Treffpunkt Deutsch takes a student-centred, communicative approach to teaching German that enables students to use the language actively and successfully. The title reflects a major objective of authors Margaret Gonglewski, Beverly Moser, and Cornelius Partsch: to transform the classroom into a Treffpunkt — a meeting place where students get to know one another, as well as the German-speaking countries, by using German.
The 7th Edition has been revised to provide an up-to-date view of the German-speaking world, including additional coverage of culture in every chapter to engage students.

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Table of contents
  • Erste Kontakte
  • 1. Jahraus, jahrein
  • 2. Freunde
  • 3. Familie
  • 4. Alltagsleben
  • 5. Freizeit – Ferienzeit
  • 6. Ein Blick zuru¨ck
  • 7. Feste und Feiertage
  • 8. Wohnen
  • 9. Ich und meine Umwelt
  • 10. Lust auf Lesen
  • 11. Geschichte und Gegenwart
  • 12. So ist das Leben
  • Anhang
  • Expressions for the Classroom
  • German Grammatical Terms
  • Useful Word Sets
  • Grammatical Tables
  • Principal Parts of Irregular and Mixed Verbs
  • German-English Vocabulary
Features & benefits
New and updated content fosters understanding and application of german language and culture
  • UPDATED! Throughout the 7th edition, the number of Kultur sections per chapter has been increased from one two to intensify Treffpunkt’s integration of culture. These sections offer activities that encourage greater reflection on cultural products, practices, and perspectives of the German-speaking world. Topics include:
    • The use of social media and other technologies among German students;
    • Recent migration to Germany, featuring an oral history of a new citizen with a migration background; and
    • Service-learning opportunities for young people in Germany and Europe.
  • UPDATED! Streamlined, shorter Vorschau sections orient students more quickly to each chapter theme. Many Vorschau sections are based on texts from daily life (e.g., tweets, a recipe for a favorite Swiss breakfast, or a menu from a popular student restaurant).
  • UPDATED! The pronunciation section Zur Aussprache now appears early in each chapter, as suggested by our readers.
  • NEW! Picture-based activities in Wörter im Kontext vocabulary practice sections entice students to explore the meaning of new vocabulary and phrases via objects and material from everyday life.
  • NEW! Alles zusammen chapter-ending sections provide thematically connected, hands-on tasks that show students what they can do with the language. Students are prompted to read a text or watch an authentic video, discuss it with a partner or group, and present their new “take” on the topic, orally or in writing. These activities help students synthesise and appreciate the progress they are making as they learn to communicate in German.
  • NEW! Easy-to-find student notes alert students to interesting aspects of German (Ach so!), point out easy-to-confuse elements (Achtung!) and offer helpful learning tips (Lerntipp!).


Hallmark features enabled varied active-learning opportunities
  • Speaking and writing activities guide students from contextualised, form-focused exercises to more open-ended activities in which they express individual preferences and viewpoints. Speaking and writing tasks synthesise material, add depth to chapter content, and provide opportunities to communicate in real-life contexts.
  • Listening practice is provided via Video-Treff. Brief video segments put students face-to-face with real speakers from the target culture, adding both visual and cultural interest to listening comprehension activities.
  • Reading practice encourages students to negotiate meaning in German in realia (charts/graphs, ads, etc.) and informational texts, as well as short literary excerpts, poems, and fairy tales. These varied genres are suited to multiple learning styles and interests and expose students to a broad range of models in German.
  • Vocabulary development is crucial to this communication-focused program. Treffpunkt Deutsch provides two vocabulary lists in each chapter, organised according to parts of speech. Within these sections, words are grouped semantically. The lists are followed by exercises (Wörter im Kontext) that reinforce the new lexical items and support growing communication abilities even at the very beginning level.
  • Engagement with culture is a cornerstone of Treffpunkt Deutsch. The program highlights significant events and accomplishments as well as the daily life of those living in the German-speaking countries today. Two in-depth Kultur sections per chapter provide insights into the ways our cultures are similar yet different, and examine differences between German, Austrian, and Swiss cultures.
  • Pronunciation practice is linked with vocabulary learning in the Zur Aussprache section near the beginning of each chapter. The fun activities help students develop strong pronunciation skills that enhance their ability to communicate effectively. Direct comparisons to English help students build on what they know.

A consistent structure throughout each chapter guides students
  • Vorschau opening sections chapter opens with engaging realia (such as a poster or an ad) to introduce vocabulary and structures connected to the chapter theme in natural, idiomatic German. Follow-up activities check comprehension and encourage immediate use of new vocabulary and forms.
  • Kultur 1 and 2 sections present a cultural reading or authentic text on the chapter theme with an activity where students engage with the topic. The transition to German for Kultur sections starts in the second Kultur section of Chapter 3. By Chapter 9, all Kultur sections are presented entirely in German.
  • Wortschatz 1 and 2 vocabulary lists include useful, high-frequency words related to the chapter theme. The lists are followed by Wörter im Kontext exercises that encourage students to use the new words in a variety of contexts. Wortschatz 2 concludes with the Wörter unter der Lupe section, which takes a closer look at words by discussing cognates, words that change their meaning in different contexts, word families, compound words, suffixes that signal gender, and idiomatic expressions.
  • Zur Aussprache provides engaging audio-based pronunciation activities.
  • Kommunikation und Formen 1 and 2 offer clear, concise explanations of basic grammar and structures essential to communication. Exercises for pairs and group work, often based on photos or drawings, move from guided, contextualised practice to open-ended, personalised activities.
  • Video-Treff presents dynamic, on-the-scene interviews with young Germans. The video provides visual context to support comprehension of unscripted language, offering a direct window into German-speaking cultures at a level manageable for introductory students.
  • Brief Sprachnotizen notes call students’ attention to idiomatic features of colloquial German as well as helpful grammar points.
  • Closing Alles zusammen sections prompt students to integrate their language skills to interpret a text or video, investigate some aspect of the text’s topic on their own, and create and present a response to the topic, orally or in writing.

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