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As indicated by the title Treffpunkt—meaning "meeting place"—this book embraces the philosophy that the German classroom is a place where students get to know each other better through the target language. The book has been carefully designed to encourage students to interact spontaneously and meaningfully in German. Readers also encounter the culture and history of the German-speaking countries.
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Willkommen to the fourth edition of Treffpunkt Deutsch! It is hard to believe that fourteen years have passed since the first edition appeared. Those fourteen years have seen the reunification of Germany, the addition of three more countries to the European Union, the introduction of the euro, and the standardization of German orthography for Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The fourth edition continues to reflect the historical, cultural, and linguistic changes in the German-speaking countries.
We are honored to have had such a loyal following of instructors and students over the past three editions. Their kudos and constructive criticism have been a source of great inspiration to us. Many of their practical suggestions were incorporated into the second edition and the third edition, and further suggestions have now been implemented in the fourth edition. We hope that new users of the text will become equally committed to the pedagogy presented in this text.
Student-centered, communicative learning is the foundation upon which Treffpunkt Deutsch is built. The text has been carefully designed to encourage students to interact spontaneously and meaningfully in German. Using this text will transform the classroom into a Treffpunkt, a meeting place, where students will get to know one another better through the target language. All language models, grammatical examples, and communicative activities use idiomatic German that is characteristic of and suited to the particular settings in which they appear.
Linguistic competence is developed through skill-chaining, i.e., through cyclical practice in listening, speaking, reading, and writing:
The development of cultural competence continues to be a major goal of Treffpunkt Deutsch. The culture of the German-speaking countries is not relegated to the Kultur sections, but pervades all aspects of the text, including the line drawings. Many users have commented on the German "feel" that the artist, who lives in Germany, has projected into his work.
Vocabulary building takes a high priority. The two vocabulary lists in each chapter are organized according to parts of speech, and within these sections, in semantic groupings. The lists are followed by exercises (Wöorter im Kontext) that help students internalize the lexical items. Vocabulary learning is further enhanced by the vocabulary-building activities in the unique Wort, Sinn und Klang sections, which conclude with fun pronunciation activities.
Students will meet many characters of various ethnic backgrounds as they progress through Treffpunkt Deutsch. However, they will get to know two sets of characters better than others.
First, there are four friends who are all studying in München. As the book progresses, Claudia and Martin, and Stephanie and Peter become special friends.
Second, there are the Zieglers from Göttingen: Klaus and Brigitte, their sixteen-year-old daughter Nina, and their fourteen-year-old son Robert. Sibling rivalry plays a role in this family portrait.
Highlights of the Fourth Edition
The basic organization of Treffpunkt Deutsch remains the same. However, input from users and reviewers and our own experiences in teaching with the program have resulted in the following changes in the fourth edition:
Treffpunkt Deutsch consists of an introduction entitled Erste Kontakte and twelve Kapitel. Erste Kontakte is the warm-up for the course. Its short exchanges give students the opportunity to practice greetings, introductions, and farewells. Students learn the alphabet, how to count, and are introduced to sounds and letters peculiar to German. The structure of the subsequent chapters is outlined below.
Chapter Opening Page. Together with an opening photo related to the chapter theme, chapter objectives are clearly displayed at the beginning of each opening spread, drawing students' attention to the communicative, structural, and cultural goals of each chapter.
Kommunikation and Formen
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