Kontakte: A Communicative Approach

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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).

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This introductory German text emphasizes communicative proficiency. The method, called the natural approach, stresses the use of activities in a natural and spontaneous classroom atmosphere. Grammar explanations and exercises are aids to learning only, not the main part of the text. The materials are also comprehension-based: comprehension (listening to and reading German) is viewed as a prerequisite to using German (speaking and writing). This is the German equivalent of the Spanish text, "Dos Mundos".

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School affiliation was listed as University of Iowa---Iowa City. Replaced by the University of Leipzig on 5/27/99.

School affiliation was listed as the University of Iowa---Iowa City. School status cleared 5/27/99.

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