Based on real German course curricula, Novus Language can help anyone learn to speak German fluently.
Forget the games and gimmicks! We use proven language learning techniques that have been used to teach millions of people to learn a second language.
This course is more thorough and detailed than most other online courses. This is an excellent opportunity to perhaps learn a language you have wanted to learn for some time.
It is the aim of the course to provide the student with a useful control of the structure of the spoken language and of a basic vocabulary.
The materials in this first volume of the text are organized into twelve lessons or units. Each unit contains a set of basic sentences for memorization. These are in the form of a dialogue based on one or sometimes two specific situations in which a person might find himself in Germany. Notes to the basic sentences are provided as necessary to clarify occasional difficulties in vocabulary and idiom and to provide additional background on some cultural features unfamiliar to Americans.
Notes on pronunciation are included in each of the first eight units. The notes on grammar in each unit single out those structural features illustrated in the basic sentences.
Substitution drills provide for the manipulation of forms by substituting specific items in fixed sentence frames. They are intended to build habits of association, so that in a given syntactic environment the appropriate grammatical form automatically comes to mind.
Variation drills provide for the manipulation of larger syntactic patterns. In each group a model sentence, underscored, serves as a guide. Associated with it are additional sentences incorporating the same syntactic pattern but in which most of the individual word items have been replaced. English equivalents are given to serve as cues for recall of the German variant sentences.
Vocabulary drills provide both practice in the use of new vocabulary items and also allow for manipulation of sentence elements whose particular form and arrangement depends upon their association with that vocabulary item. Specific translation drills are also provided, however. In most cases they present the material of the basic dialog in the form of a narrative. They thus provide content review of the basic sentences and practice in the transformation from active dialogue to descriptive narration. The response drills are question and answer drills on the situations of the basic dialogues. Conversation practice and additional situations in outline bridge the gap to free conversation with small pieces of supplementary dialogue for acting out and situations providing for a freer play of the student's imagination.
The 'finder list' in each unit notes all new vocabulary which has been presented.
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