Text books for German as a foreign language

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To say it right away: We would not recommend THE ultimate text book for learners of German.
The factors of learning goals and learning conditions to be considered in the choice are too varied. For example:

To say it right away: We would not recommend THE ultimate text book for learners of German.
The factors of learning goals and learning conditions to be considered in the choice are too varied. For example:

  • Are you planning an evening course with only one or two hours per week or do you want an intensive course of 4-6 lessons per day?
  • Or do you want to teach yourself?
  • Do you want to specialize in German grammar, a mix of text work and grammar or do you just want to learn a bit German for holidays?
  • Is there a specific topic area for which you want to learn German? E.g.. Business, media, history or tourism?
  • What is your mother tongue? For almost every language there is a special text book, which specializes the specific requirements and learning problems associated with each language.

In answering these questions, you should be able to find the best text book suited to your needs.

To make the search easier for you, we would like to give you a summary of the most important publishing houses and their offers for "German as foreign language", main focus: "German for adults", followingly.
Furthermore you find a link for direct order (amazon.com) for the textbooks marked by # at the end of this side.

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Publishing houses in alphabetical order:

  • Cornelsen
    You can search for German as a foreign language publications using catalogue function. Under the key word "Erwachsenenbildung" (adult education) you can find exercises and learning hints to work with the text book eurolingua Deutsch (#4). Each week there is something different to Download.

  • Eilers & Schünemann GmbH Sprachzeitungen
    The "Presse und Sprache" language newspaper for learners of German brings together original articles from German press with informative topics and discussion topics from Germany. There is a new edition per month and a yearly subscription costs EUR 25,80 (including delivery). A sample copy, or subscription can be ordered online.

  • Hueber-Verlag und Verlag für Deutsch
    One of the most important publishers of text books for learners of German, and has a separate site for its text book range "Themen neu": www.themen-neu.de (#3). Online exercises and links, arranged by topic, can be found at this site.
    At language institute TREFFPUNKT we decided to use the new text book Delfin (#1), (#2), (#3) in the course levels A1, A2 and B1. This reasons had convinced us, and - even more important - our students:
    • the modern image
    • the clear structure
    • the orientation on 4 learning competencies (speaking, writing, reading, listening)
    • the appending CD for pronunciation
      On the Delfin homepage you could download single chapters and work on exercises.

  • Iudicium
    Iudicium is publisher of »Informationen Deutsch als Fremdsprache«. There are 6 editions in the yearly subscription and is "a forum of well-grounded opinions for the teaching and research field German as a foreign language". The Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst (DAAD) and the Fachverband Deutsch als Fremdsprache are the editors.

  • Klett Online
    The complete range for German learners can be found using the catalogue search (pull down menu). The range includes about 500 titles which can be booked simply ordered online. An overview can also be found at DaF Programmschwerpunkte.
    Otherwise, Klett offers a lot of teaching material free downloads. Under Download choose Deutsch als Fremdsprache. The text book "Stufen" has its own website at: www.stufen.de.
    The range of dictionaries by Pons is also interesting. Eg. "Euro-Wortschatz" and "Internet-Wortschatz".

  • Langenscheidt Verlagsgruppe
    A good summary of the range that Langenscheidt offers is langenscheidt.de Individual chapters can be downloaded in PDF format

    What is otherwise at Langenscheidt? Links to dictionaries, e.g. Das Fremdwörterbuch (in co-operation with AOL).
    It is certainly worth regularly visiting the Langenscheidt site: Many things are still under construction.

  • Prenhall
    This US-based publisher offers a the textbook "Treffpunkt Deutsch"

  • Links to further publishers? We recommend to use the search at www.geist.de . It is a platform for various publisher.

* Note: On this page we have concentrated on publisher and text books where you can find more information on the Internet and where online offers are available to be used directly.

Teachers of language school TREFFPUNKT presenting their favorite textbooks
Teachers of language school TREFFPUNKT presenting their favorite textbooks


Book recommendations

Important note: the following links are for direct orders via Amazon.com. If you live in Europe the shipping rates could be cheaper if you by via Amazon.de. The corresponding links are on the German page.

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#1
Delfin
part 1, LB+AB:
Lektion 1-7
Lehrwerk Delfin 1

Teil 1 leads to the level A1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) - (Prüfung Start 1 und Start z 1)

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#2
Delfin
part 2, LB+AB:
Lektion 8-14
Lehrwerk Delfin 2

Teil 2 leads to the level A2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) - (Prüfung Start 2 und Start z 2)

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#3
Delfin
part 3, LB+AB:
Lektion 15-20
Lehrwerk Delfin 3

Teil 3 leads to the level B1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) - (Prüfung Zertifikat Deutsch)

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#4
Eurolingua Deutsch, Kursbuch
volume 1, 2, 3
Buch "Geschäftserfolg in Frankreich

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#5
Wirtschaft
Deutsch im Beruf,
volume 1, 2
Buch "Geschäftserfolg in Frankreich

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#6
Themen neu
Kursbuch
volume 1, 2, 3
Buch "Geschäftserfolg in Frankreich

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further book recommendation for "Deutsch als Fremdsprache" (German as a foreign language):

 

#7
Delfin Paket
Kursbuch
with 2 CD's
Buch "Geschäftserfolg in Frankreich

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#8
German with a smile
text book / handbook

 
Our suggestion answering the following question of a reader:
Exercise book of German grammar, where one would have both grammar explained and then some exercises to follow the explained parts?

#9
Lehr-und Übungsbuch
Der Deutschen Grammatik by Hilke Dreyer and Richard Schmitt
Editor: Verlag für Deutsch
Buch Lehr-und Übungsbuch Der Deutschen Grammatik

Lehr-und Übungsbuch
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#10
Key for the exercises
Der Deutschen Grammatik by Hilke Dreyer and Richard Schmitt
Editor: Verlag für Deutsch
Buch Lehr-und Übungsbuch Der Deutschen Grammatik

Lösungsbuch Lehr-und Übungsbuch
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#11
For beginners:
Grundstufen-Grammatik Deutsch als Fremdsprache
by Monika Reimann
Editor: Hueber
Buch Lehr-und Übungsbuch Der Deutschen Grammatik

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