In writing German 101, I have combined over ten years’ worth of my own classroom activities and lecture notes to save students from high textbook costs. Traditional textbooks often have too few examples or little explanation and require the additional purchase of an expensive, online learning program. As time went on, I found myself using the textbook so little that it seemed silly to require students to purchase it.
New words are introduced gradually in colored text boxes next to each concept. Sections can be combined to make the desired chapter length. For example, if you wish to cover the alphabet on day one, simply do that section first. I’ve placed it in the middle of chapter one because I prefer to gradually introduce it along with pronunciation as I go so that students begin to speak quickly and don’t grow disinterested. Every effort has been made to compare similarities and differences between English and German. Students whose native language is English can use that as a helpful resource to make learning German easier. English speakers, especially, tend to have trouble with the concept of cases. Therefore, I’ve taken the approach of focusing on the nominative case and present tense verb conjugations in chapter 1 with the accusative case in chapter 2. Chapter 3 reviews both cases and reinforces the old verbs with the imperative. The dative case will not be presented until German 102, to help prevent the mixing of these cases.