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Concept and Structure

Target Group

Beginning German College Level

Berliner Platz NEU offers a stimulating approach to the study of German which adheres both to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines and the Common European Framework of Reference.  It guides the student in building the relevant grammatical structures and communicative strategies and is designed to build confidence.  Learning strategies and self-assessment are part of every chapter, allowing for differentiation among various types of learners.  


The topics cover areas such as introducing and talking about oneself, shopping, telling time and recounting a day, family life, describing and renting an apartment, health and fitness etc.  Cultural and linguistic variants of all three German-speaking countries are featured.


The Textbook/Workbook consists of 12 chapters and 4 review chapters.  The grammar sections at the end of each chapter as well as the directions of the workbook are in English.

The Student Pack consists of:

  • Textbook/Workbook
  • 2 Audio-CDs for the Workbook
  • DVD - The DVD works on two levels:  The students observe the actors in the process of producing the DVD for learners of German (and it is consequently acted and spoken deliberately, i.e. at a slower pace).  We also get to see the actors in their private environment in which several of the scenes acted out for the purpose of learning are then experienced with the actual people (this time at the authentic rate of speech).  Thus, the material is reviewed and recycled in an entertaining and culturally authentic environment. 
  • Cultural Reader and Exercise Booklet - The book covers topics from the different chapters in depth regarding variants in German, Austrian and Swiss culture and language. 

Additional Material (optional)

  • Intensivtrainer with additional exercises
  • Glossary
  • Online Exercises for more practice
  • Online Glossary
  • Transcript of the DVD

Material for the Teacher

  • Teacher's Manual
  • Testbook
  • Online Worksheets
  • Transcript of the DVD
  • Online Links correlated with the textbook chapters