"Allerlei zum Lesen," an intermediate-level reader, contains 18 unedited short stories selected for readability and interest. The stories represent classical and contemporary authors from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. By reading and discussing these stories, students build conversation skills while gaining exposure to the cultural, historical, and linguistic diversity of the German-speaking world.In addition to classic German short stories, brief readings include selections from literary journals and the Internet.A carefully integrated art program enhances learning by using visual images as advanced organizers. These organizers consist of three illustrations and several questions designed to preview content, clarify cultural settings, and trigger discussion while aiding student comprehension and stimulating interest.The "Zum Horen" listening comprehension section features recordings by native German speakers.Pre-reading activities include background information on each author, an active vocabulary list followed by exercises, and an activity designed to enhance students' skimming and scanning skills."Rollenspiele," a post-reading activity, encourages students to discuss the reading while expressing ideas and vocabulary presented in the selection.