Dr. Zachau Launches New Textbook

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Dr. Reinhard Zachau attended the launching of his newest book Cineplex at the 2013 ACTFL’s exhibitor fair in Orlando, America’s largest convention for foreign language educators. Cineplex is a groundbreaking second-year German textbook with feature-length German films on prominent cultural-historical topics. The event featured the three Cineplex authors Zachau, Jeanne Schueller of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Carrie Collenberg-Gonzalez of Longwood University and their editor Allen Cooper of Focus Publishing. Along with the 440-page student text Cineplex offers a student workbook, a teacher manual and a wealth of Internet-based activities.

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Cineplex is the first intermediate German program that focuses on feature-length German films! Cineplex presents a communicative, German-language program that integrates full-length films and clips with cultural information geared toward American undergraduate college or high school students at the intermediate level.

Here are some of the key features:

  • Contemporary and attractive films appeal to students.

  • Using film as input exposes learners to language in authentic cultural contexts and prepares students for real-life situations.

  • Through a wide range of film topics and settings, students see themselves as part of a larger historical and cultural context.

  • Short film clips including transcripts make feature-length films even more accessible.

  • A structured yet flexible organization of materials provides instructors with maximum adaptability.

  • Activities promote interaction with authentic materials in meaningful and purposeful ways in a variety of modes.

  • Exercises are mindful of the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines and National Standards for Language Learning.

  • Contextualized exercises and clear explanations assist learners in solidifying their command of grammatical structures.

  • Students engage with authentic reading texts from multiple genres with activities designed to improve reading comprehension and use of appropriate strategies.

  • Chapters incorporating still shots, images, charts, and cultural, historical, and linguistic information make learning fun and interesting!