Treffpunkt Deutsch, 7th edition

Published by Pearson (February 2, 2018) © 2019

  • Margaret T. Gonglewski The George Washington University
  • Beverly Moser Appalachian State University
  • Cornelius Partsch Western Washington University


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For courses in elementary German.

A meeting place where German language and culture flourish

Treffpunkt Deutsch takes a student-centered, communicative approach to teaching German that enables students to use the language actively and successfully. The title reflects a major objective of authors Margaret Gonglewski, Beverly Moser and Cornelius Partsch: to transform the classroom into a Treffpunkt (a meeting) place where students get to know one another, as well as the German-speaking countries, by using German.

The 7th Edition has been revised to provide an up-to-date view of the German-speaking world, including additional coverage of culture in every chapter to engage students.

Hallmark features of this title

  • Speaking and writing activities build from form-focused to more open-ended activities with practice in real-life contexts.
  • Students practice reading a broad range of models, from realia and informational texts to short literary excerpts, poems and fairy tales.
  • Each chapter includes 2 vocabulary lists organized by parts of speech and grouped semantically with pronunciation practice. Related exercises reinforce learning and support communication.
  • Engagement with culture ranges from significant events/accomplishments to daily life in German-speaking countries and differentiates between German, Austrian, and Swiss cultures.
  • Consistent chapter structure integrates vocabulary, culture, grammar instruction and practice, along with notes on colloquial German.

New and updated features of this title

  • UPDATED: Cultural content has increased (with 2 Kultur sections per chapter) with content including social media use among German students, recent migration to Germany (feat. the oral history of a new citizen), and service-learning opportunities available in Germany and Europe.
  • UPDATED: Kultur sections offer activities that encourage greater reflection on cultural products, practices, and perspectives of the German-speaking world.
  • UPDATED: Streamlined, shorter Vorschau sections orient students more quickly to each chapter theme. Many Vorschau sections are based on texts from daily life (e.g., tweets, a recipe for a favorite Swiss breakfast, or a menu from a popular student restaurant).
  • UPDATED: The pronunciation section Zur Aussprache now appears early in each chapter, as suggested by our readers.
  • NEW: Picture-based activities in Wörter im Kontext vocabulary practice sections entice students to explore the meaning of new vocabulary and phrases via objects and material from everyday life.
  • NEW: Easy-to-find student notes alert students to interesting aspects of German (Ach so!), point out easy-to-confuse elements (Achtung!) and offer helpful learning tips (Lerntipp!).

Features of MyLab German for the 7th Edition

  • Listening practice is provided via Video-Treff interviews with German youth. These add visual/cultural interest to listening comprehension and support comprehension of unscripted language. Zur Aussprache offers audio-based pronunciation activities.
  • NEW: Alles zusammen chapter-ending sections provide hands-on tasks. Students read a text or watch a video, discuss, then respond orally or in writing.
  • NEW: Integrated Performance Assessments (IPAs) and NCSSFL–ACTFL Can-Do Statements help guide/assess student progress. IPAs are followed by a self-assessment based on a Can-Do Statement to identify a student's exact level of proficiency. (Available via MyLab German or as an Instructors's Resource Center add-on).
  • Optional English Grammar Readiness Checks test understanding of grammar topics in English and provide personalized remediation via animated tutorials.
  • Instant Feedback Bubbles offer students tips on an activity and feedback on errors. The "Need help?" feature then links the student back to related eText sections.
  • Synchronous Audio and Video Recording Tools facilitate oral practice outside of class. Classmates can engage in online video and audio chats and record their conversations. Recordings are then sent to the grade book for instructor feedback and grading.

EK: Erste Kontakte

  1. Jahraus, jahrein
  2. Freunde
  3. Familie
  4. Alltagsleben
  5. Freizeit – Ferienzeit
  6. Ein Blick zurück
  7. Feste und Feiertage
  8. Wohnen
  9. Ich und meine Umwelt
  10. Lust auf Lesen
  11. Geschichte und Gegenwart
  12. So ist das Leben


Expressions for the Classroom

German Grammatical Terms

Useful Word Sets

Grammatical Tables

Principal Parts of Irregular and Mixed Verbs

German-English Vocabulary

About our authors

Margaret Gonglewski is Associate Professor of German and International Affairs at the George Washington University in Washington, DC, where she directs the German language program. She earned her PhD from Georgetown University. She has published articles on topics such as effective uses of technology in language teaching and learning, business language teaching methodology and critical issues in materials selection and creation. From 2004 to 2008, she served as the first Director of the George Washington University Language Center, initiating innovative programming as well as support and recognition for language faculty. She has been awarded numerous grants for developing materials to assist faculty in teaching business language and culture and she is currently Business Language Program Coordinator for the university's Center for International Business Education and Research, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. She has received university awards for innovation in teaching and for excellence in undergraduate advising.

Beverly Moser is Professor of German at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. She received her PhD from Georgetown University, where her dissertation received the Emma Marie Birkmaier award from ACTFL and the Modern Language Journal for its contribution to foreign language education. A specialist in reading and writing pedagogy for German as a foreign language, she publishes teaching materials that develop students' literacy skills. Her most recent work adapts authentic youth literature for the college classroom. Dr. Moser served as Principal and Co-Principal Investigator on 3 grants funded by the U.S. Department of Education for projects directed at improving the quality and scope of foreign language teaching in the K to 12 or college setting, on strengthening interdisciplinary connections for all foreign languages and on teacher development. She has served as the Director of a large-scale German program, helping graduate students through their first few semesters teaching college-level German and she regularly conducts methodology workshops for pre-collegiate and postsecondary instructors of German, French, Spanish and English as a Second Language.

Cornelius Partsch is a native of Landstuhl and grew up in the nearby Saarland in southwestern Germany. He is Professor of German at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. In 2013, the German Section at Western Washington was recognized as a National Center of Excellence by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG). He received his PhD from Brown University. He previously taught German at Hamilton College, Colby College, Smith College and Mount Holyoke College, as well as at the German summer schools at the University of Rhode Island, Middlebury College and Portland State University. Dr. Partsch is the author of Schräge Töne. Jazz und Unterhaltungsmusik in der Kultur der Weimarer Republik (Stuttgart: J. B. Metzler) and has published articles on various aspects of 20th- and 21st-century German popular culture. His interest in language pedagogy lies in curriculum design, assessment and the teaching of culture using film, music and fiction. He served as a teacher/trainer in the Goethe Institute's trainer network for the western United States from 2007 to 2011 and is currently Ortslektor for the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

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