eBook Online Access for Kontakte
Publication Date 11 Jan 2016
OverviewKontakte continues to offer a truly communicative approach that supports functional proficiency supported by the full suite of digital tools available in Connect German (now including LearnSmartÂ®!). This proven Introductory German program maintains its commitment to meaningful communicative practice as well as extensive coverage of the 5 Cs and the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012. In its eighth edition Kontakte has greatly expanded its digital offering: Connect German now contains the full scope of activities originating from both the white and blue pages of the student text and the Arbeitsbuch. Furthermore the program now offers LearnSmartÂ® an adaptive learning program that helps students learn grammar and vocabulary more efficiently by tailoring the experience to individual student needs.Â· Communication in meaningful contexts: Students read and listen to comprehensible German and have ample opportunities to use it in interview information-gap role-play autograph writingand other personalized activities that are theme-based. The video segmentsâ€”Interviews and Perspektivenâ€”feature interviews with a variety of speakers that allow students to hear authentic German in context. They provide models for talking about topics using authentic language guiding students in communicating with one another. In the Connect activities for the student textbook and Arbeitsbuchstudents can also take advantage of the audio and video live chat tool to communicate with their classmates online. In Connect German students have full access to the digitally enhanced eBook the online Arbeitsbuch activities LearnSmartÂ®and all of the accompanying audio and video resources giving them the ability to interact with the materials (and one other) as often as they wish. A solid theoretical foundation: Firmly grounded second-language acquisition research Kontakte also supports the National Standards as outlined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century. As presented in the Standards the five Csâ€”Communication Cultures Connections Comparisonsand Communitiesâ€”provide a framework for what students should know and be able to do as a result of their language study. The five Cs are present in countless ways throughout the program particularly in the wealth of communicative activities and cultural content. Students are also encouraged to explore connections by linking their study of German with their own lives and other subjects of study to make comparisons between their world and that of German-speaking people and to learn about real-world German-speaking communities. Kontakte also integrates several modes of language as described in the ACTFL Proficiency Descriptors.The activities exercises and tasks offer students a wide variety of opportunities for communication and interaction in interpersonal interpretive and presentational modes. For example the many interviews in Kontakte require students to negotiate meaning and therefore reinforce the interpersonal mode of communication. The diversity of readings whether literary cultural or encyclopedic requires students to interpret information within context and apply it to new contexts. Tools for Digital Success: Connect German and LearnSmartÂ® McGraw-Hillâ€™s digital teaching and learning environment allows students to engage in their course material via the devices they use every day.