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An innovative and lively introductory program, VORSPRUNG: A COMMUNICATIVE INTRODUCTION TO GERMAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE, 3E uses a five-skills approach that emphasizes the acquisition of communicative and cultural competence without sacrificing attention to formal accuracy. Unique "focus on form" activities help readers develop realistic abilities in speaking, listening, reading, and writing German. The program presents a systematic, clear introduction to the essentials of German grammar and practices high-frequency structures and vocabulary in interactive activities. It also provides relevant cultural knowledge as well as a wealth of spoken and written authentic textual materials.
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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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