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VORSPRUNG is an innovative and lively first-year program that uses a five-skills approach, emphasizing the acquisition of communicative as well as cultural competence without sacrificing attention to formal accuracy. Utilizing "focus on form" activities in an engaging, personalized fashion, VORSPRUNG helps students develop realistic abilities in speaking, listening, and reading German. The program presents a systematic, clear introduction to the essentials of German grammar and practices high-frequency structures and vocabulary in interactive activities. In addition, it provides students with the cultural knowledge that is relevant to their own lives and then asks them to compare their cultures to the habits and behaviors of the German-speaking people of Europe. In order to prepare students for successful communication in today's rapidly changing world, VORSPRUNG exposes them to a wealth of spoken and written authentic textual materials. To support this focus on spoken and written German, VORSPRUNG offers an array of in-class activities that fosters accuracy and provides ample opportunities for students to practice German in authentic contexts.
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Thomas Lovik is a professor of German at Michigan State University, where he regularly teaches first-year German, linguistic analysis of Modern German, teaching methods for undergraduates and graduate students, and graduate courses on the German language. His departmental duties include coordination of the first-year German language program as well as training German teaching assistants. He also organizes the orientation workshop for all new Arabic, Chinese, German, and Japanese teaching assistants in the department. The current editor of Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, Professor Lovik has published in the area of contrastive pragmatics German/English. He is active locally in the AATG-Michigan and the Michigan World Language Association and is a member of several national organizations, including AATG, ACTFL, MLA, and the American Association of University Supervisors and Coordinators.
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Book Description Heinle, 2011. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111111699143