Reading German: A Course Book and Reference Grammar

Paperback | September 1, 1997

byWaltraud Coles, Bill Dodd

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Reading German is a structured reading course designed to take a wide variety of users to an independent reading of authentic German texts. It is ideally suited for courses in colleges and universities, for students or specialists in any discipline, and for independent learners. Drawing onrecent research into reading in a foreign language, the course chapters focus on the recognition and decoding of progressively complex written structures, before rehearsing a variety of strategies (such as skimming and scanning) for negotiating longer and more complex texts. The book has four sections: *a 16-chapter reading course *an extensive reference section containing a specially-designed grammar of written German *a further exercises section, for further work on recognizing structures *a text corpus containing 23 texts of various types, with facing English translations. Grammatical points explained in the reference section are frequently illustrated using examples located in the text corpus. The only other resource the user will need is a bilingual dictionary. Advice on how to use a dictionary is contained in the reference section.

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This comprehensive study aid to reading real German texts provides essentials for both students and specialists who have to develop a reading knowledge of German in order to study their core subject. The book includes further exercises, translation of authentic German texts, and an extensive reference section.

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Reading German is a structured reading course designed to take a wide variety of users to an independent reading of authentic German texts. It is ideally suited for courses in colleges and universities, for students or specialists in any discipline, and for independent learners. Drawing onrecent research into reading in a foreign langu...

Waltraud Coles is at University of Durham. Bill Dodd is at University of Birmingham.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:392 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.87 inPublished:September 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198700202

ISBN - 13:9780198700203

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A valuable addition to the library of any serious student of German! “Reading German” is a surprisingly well-structured reading course that has its place both in the classroom and in the library of self-learners. The course contains authentic texts of increasing difficulty drawn from various sources. The accompanying explanations refer the reader to a separate, very well-developed, grammar section that, alone, is worth the price of the book! Although the course is fully-developed and includes translations of the German texts, most learners will find themselves diving into their dictionaries. In my view, this course is appropriate for learners who have achieved a basic-to-intermediate competence in German and who wish to expand their understanding of the language through some very serious study. My congratulations to the authors!
Date published: 2011-09-20

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Table of Contents

IntroductionReading CourseReference SectionFurther ExercisesGerman/English Text CorpusIndex

From Our Editors

This comprehensive study aid to reading real German texts provides essentials for both students and specialists who have to develop a reading knowledge of German in order to study their core subject. The book includes further exercises, translation of authentic German texts, and an extensive reference section.

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Very good grammer support for interesting texts. Useful to have key for independant study.