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An der Spitze GCSE German Course Book

By | Copyright Year:2009 | ISBN-13: 9780340991701

Published:24/04/2009
An der Spitze is a 2-year course that fully prepares students in years 10 and 11 for the updated Key Stage 4 German specifications.

Written by two authors who are highly experienced in the teaching and examining of German, An der Spitze aims to give students the confidence, fluency and linguistic competence that are required for success at Key Stage 4.

Features of An der Spitze include:
- coverage of all GCSE topics offered by the English awarding bodies
- a thorough, rigorous approach to essential grammar, with clear explanations and practice exercises
- comprehensive treatment of the key vocabulary needed, giving a secure base for the examination
- integration of cultural topics on German-speaking countries into listening and reading texts, with insights into German social and cultural life
- carefully developed sequences of exercises that aim to exploit the topics fully
- a balanced approach to the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing
- periodic revision units, to enable students to consolidate their learning

The course book is accompanied by An der Spitze Teacher Guide plus CD which includes free audio CDs of the listening material to support the book.
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CONTENTS

Ich persönlich
1 Ich stelle mich vor…
Say who you are
Say where you come from and where you live
Give your age and date of birth
Ask others for this information
Use regular and irregular verbs in the present tense
2 Ich über mich
Talk about your close family
Ask others about their family
Learn to use the indefinite article in the accusative
3 …und wer gehört noch dazu?
Understand family relationships
Talk about your relatives and your pets
Learn how to use possessive pronouns
4 Und wie siehst du aus?
Describe your appearance
Describe your character
Vokabular
Mein Zuhause
1…ist das dein Traumhaus?
Say where you live
Say what type of house you have
Learn to use adjective endings
2 Wo ist…meine Lampe?
Describe the rooms in your house
Describe where things are
Use prepositions with the dative case
3 Was an meinem Tag so läuft
Talk about your daily routine
Use reflexive verbs
4 Im Haushalt helfen
Talk about helping at home
Use separable verbs
Vokabular
Freizeit
1 Hobbys
Talk about your hobbies and interests
Ask how others spend their spare time
Discuss what you do when, where and how often
Express opinions on leisure activities
2 Zu Geld kommen…
Talk about pocket money
Talk about part-time jobs
Talk about spending and saving
Use subordinating conjunctions (dass, weil, wenn)
3 Ich bin fit
Talk about sport
Express preferences
Use adjectives
4 Und am Samstag…?
Say what else you do in your free time
Talk about an outing
Use correct word order in longer sentences
Vokabular
Noch einmal bitte! Themen 1–3
Die Schule
1 Ich besuche…
Talk about the kind of school you go to
Describe your school
Talk about your uniform
Understand how to use kein
2 …und das ist mein Stundenplan
Talk about your school day
Revise subordinating conjunctions (weil, obwohl)
3 Was ich heute in der Schule gemacht habe…
Talk about events in the past
Use the perfect tense of verbs with haben
4 Ich bin zu spät gekommen…
Continue talking about what you have done
Learn how to use verbs of movement in the perfect tense
Learn how to use separable verbs in the perfect tense
Vokabular
Berufe, Berufe…
1 Was soll ich werden?
Learn how to describe different jobs
Learn about masculine and feminine job titles
Learn to use sentences with um…zu
2 Mein Arbeitspraktikum
Talk about your forthcoming work experience week
Use expressions of time to talk about future intent
3 Nach dem Praktikum
Talk about your work experience in the past
Vokabular
…und in Zukunft?
1 Wie geht es weiter?
Discuss your plans for after your GCSEs
Learn to use the future tense
2 …und nach dem Abitur?
Talk more about your future plans (e.g. after your A-levels)
Use adverbs to express probability
3 Ich suche einen Job…
Apply for a job
Vokabular
Noch einmal bitte! Themen 4–6
Unterwegs
1 Am Bahnhof
Understand signs at the train station
Get information about train travel
Buy train tickets
2 Wie komme ich zum Bahnhof?
Ask for and give directions
Use the imperative
3 Was kann man in Köln machen?
Learn how to enquire about tourist activities
Learn to understand instructions
Use modal verbs
Vokabular
Ferien
1 Haben Sie Zimmer frei?
Learn to enquire about accommodation
Revise asking questions
Use prepositions with the accusative case
2 Wohin fährst du…und mit wem?
Say where you spend your holiday and how you get there
Say who you travel with
Use prepositions with the dative case
3 Wo warst du und was hast du gemacht?
Talk about what you did on holiday
Use the imperfect tense of sein and haben
4 Ich möchte mich beschweren…
Make a complaint
Vokabular
Thema 9 Gesundheit
1 Wie bleibe ich fit und gesund?
Talk about healthy eating and drinking
Say how you keep fit and healthy
2 …und was ist nicht so gesund?
Talk about and give advice on an unhealthy lifestyles
Use the modal verbs müssen and dürfen
3 Gute Besserung!
Say that you are unwell and what is wrong with you
Understand questions and instructions from the doctor
Use the dative case
Vokabular
Noch einmal bitte! Themen 7–9
Thema 10 Meine Stadt und meine Gegend
Was kann man in deiner Stadt machen?
Describe your town
Say what you can do in your town
2 …und wie findest du deine Stadt?
Give more detail about your home town and talk about your local area
Use the verb gefallen to express likes and dislikes
Revise other ways of expressing a positive and negative opinions
3 Großstadt, Kleinstadt?
Discuss and understand the advantages and disadvantages of living in a big or a small town
Vokabular
Thema 11 Einkaufen und so weiter…
1 Klamotten kaufen
Shop for clothes
Describe items of clothing
Use dieser, welcher and the question word was für
2 Das sind die Skier, die €200 kosten
Talk about buying things for your hobbies
Use relative pronouns
3 Auf der Post, in der Bank und im Fundbüro
Talk about buying stamps and sending items
Talk about changing money
Report a loss
Vokabular
Thema 12 Essen und Trinken
1 …und was soll ich einkaufen?
Revise food items
Revise how to form plurals
2 Ich hätte gern einen Kasten Bier…
Practise shopping transactions
Revise definite and indefinite articles in the nominative and accusative cases
Revise adjective endings in the nominative and accusative cases
3 …und wo gehen wir essen?
Order meals in a restaurant and learn how to make a complaint
Give your preferences in your choice of meals
Revise the present tense of geben, essen and nehmen
Use the dative to express your likes and dislikes with regard to your meal
4 Gesund essen
Talk about healthy eating
Understand a recipe
Vokabular
Noch einmal bitte! Themen 10–12
Thema 13 Medien
1 Gehen wir lieber ins Kino?
Talk about television programmes
Make arrangements to go out
Talk about films
2 Was liest du so?
Talk about what you like to read
Revise the imperfect tense
Learn how to form the pluperfect tense
3 Ich brauche meinen Computer und mein Handy....
Talk about the internet, e-mails and mobile phones
Revise the future tense
4 …und wer ist ein Superstar?
Learn about famous musicians
Vokabular
Thema 14 Die Umwelt
1 Und wie ist das Wetter?
Talk about the weather
Understand weather reports
2 Luft, Wasser, Müll
Discuss major environmental problems
Use the conditional tense
3 Und was können wir tun?
Talk about protecting the environment
Vokabular
Blick auf Deutschland
Feste feiern
Learn about celebrations in Germany
Discuss what you celebrate in your family
2 Probleme in der Gesellschaft
Learn about current social issues
3 Das vereinte Deutschland
Learn about Germany after the Second World War
Noch einmal bitte! Themen 13-15
Vokabular
Grammatik
Vokabular

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Birgit Linton is a Tutor in German at the Department of Languages and Translation Studies of the University of Surrey, where she has taught on a variety of programmes since 1991.

Janet Searle has more than 25 years’ experience as a teacher and examiner in MFL and is now a Chief Examiner for German. She is an experienced writer of educational texts in German and of assessment materials for German at Key Stage 4.

FEATURES

A thorough, rigorous approach to essential grammar, with clear explanations and practice exercises

Comprehensive treatment of the key vocabulary needed, giving a secure base for the examination

Integration of cultural topics on German-speaking countries into listening and reading texts, with insights into German social and cultural life

Carefully developed sequences of exercises that aim to exploit the topics fully

A balanced approach to the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing

Periodic revision units, to enable students to consolidate their learning

A lively, colourful and topical two-year course for the updated Key Stage 4 German specifications

Illustrated coverage of 15 key topic areas offering insights into cultural and social life in contemporary Germany

Specially-selected texts, tasks, vocabulary and grammar exercises to test understanding and develop the four key language skills.

$54.09