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Schritte International neu: Kurs- und Arbeitsbuch A1.1 mit CD zum Arbeitsbuch (German) Paperback – 1 Mar 2016
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As several other reviewers have pointed out, this book is completely in German, and so if you don't have a teacher who is using the material in a fully integrated way with their teaching, then naturally it is not going to work as well as it might. The book and associated materials are clearly not designed for self-study, so don't buy it if that's what you're expecting. I've also noticed that there seem to be many teachers who insist that a book is purchased for a course, but then ignore large chunks of it, including the one that I am taking currently.
Sadly this book therefore cannot be recommended, but the defects that I and others have pointed out appear to be not atypical by the standards of language teaching.
I'd only recommend in a classroom with a teacher, otherwise there are other books which are easier. I haven't opened it since my course ended, and I'm now using other books, CDs and apps in my self study. 2 stars because the exercises themselves are straightforward, but overall I'm not going to buy the rest of the series.
Firstly we were all immediately disappointed that it didn't carry on with the storyline developed in Schritte 1, which we all warmed too. There is simply /no/ storyline to carry you through Schritte 2. Secondly, the page numbering has to be seen to be believed. Starting from the beginning it goes III->IX, 94->177, 86->162, 27->54, 5->9, and finishes on page 2. Yes, page 2 is directly after page 9, and is at the end of the book. So even being directed to look at a particular page using a page number results in much fiddling about and people looking at the wrong page even though they are looking at a page with the correct page number. And finally, the exercises drive us nuts, because many are cryptic and just figuring out what you are supposed to do is difficult (and sometimes impossible without the aid of a class discussion). They would be a challenge in your own, native language. This is compounded by poor, confusing text layout, so even our teacher (who is native German) struggles with the exercises.