List of German Text Books for Beginners (A1)
German as a Foreign Language: A1, ACTFL Novice, ILR 0/0+
Wondering about the best course book for teaching German to beginners? In the following list, you’ll find German A1 (ACTFL Novice & ILR 0/0+) course books based on The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages. These course books are used in European foreign language schools and they are acknowledged by the Goethe-Institut (GI), a German cultural institution operating worldwide and promoting the study of the German language abroad.
Goethe-Institut examinations and certificates are accepted as a language qualification by employers and various education institutions in Europe and many other countries. Courses, common reference levels, exams, and certificates range from A1 (the beginner’s level) to C2 (proficient speaker).
German A1 common reference level is usually divided into two courses: A1.1 and A1.2. According to Germany’s international broadcaster aimed at the overseas market - Deutsche Welle (DW), sponsored by the German government - A1 is reached with cca. 75 hours of German study.
European Framework of Reference A1: the beginner's level
In the U.S., the European Framework of Reference A1 is equivalent with:
- The Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) scale: ILR Level 1 – Elementary Proficiency (0/0+)
- The ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines: Novice – Low (0), Novice – Mid (0/0+), Novice – High (0+)
CEFR language level equivalents
A1 – Breakthrough or beginner's level
Elementary Proficiency: 0/0+
Novice-Low: NL (0)
Novice-Mid: NM (0/0+)
Novice-High: NH (0+)
German A1.1 and A1.2: Course Books for Beginners
Looking for the right "German as a Foreign Language" A1 beginner’s textbook/course book? Teacher or learner, you may choose between these editions:
eurolingua Deutsch 1: Volume 1
Language: German. A1 level: Unit 1 – 16. Textbook and Workbook. Available online on Amazon.de
Dr. Herman Funk, Michael Koeing et al.
Delfin Level A1 Part 1: A1.1
Language: German. Includes Textbook and Workbook. Audio-CD. Lessons 1-7. Available online on Amazon.de
Hartmut Aufderstraße, Juta Müller and Thomas Storz
Delfin Level A1 Part 1: A1.2
Language: German. Includes Textbook and Workbook. Audio-CD. Lessons 8-14. Available online on Amazon.de
Hartmut Aufderstraße, Juta Müller and Thomas Storz
Passwort Deutsch - Kursbuch 1
Language: German. Textbook and Workbook. Lessons 1-10. Audio CD. Available online on Amazon.com
Ulrike Albrecht, Dorotea Dane et al.
Passwort Deutsch 1 - Lehrerhandbuch
Language: German.Teacher’s Guide. Available online on Amazon.com
German Coursebook and Teacher's Guide
German Coursebook for Beginners
Teacher's Guide for the Beginner'S Level
German Course Books for Beginners: Bilingual Editions
Most popular bilingual German course books for beginners (in English and German):
Bilingual German Coursebooks for Beginners
Ultimate German Beginner-Intermediate
Language: English and German. Coursebook. 40 lessons. Available online on Amazon.com
Ingeborg Lasting, Heidi Singer
Living Language; large type edition edition (September 21, 2004)
Language: English and German. Coursebook. Available online on Amazon.com
Paul Coggle, Heiner Schenke
Herr Biedermann und die Brandstifter / Rip van Winkle
Language: Spanish and German. Workbook with grammar explained. Available online on Amazon.com
Roland Schäpers, Renate Luscher and Manfred Glück
Verlag für Deutsch (1998), Max-Hueber
Bilingual German Coursebooks
German Coursebook: Bilingual for Beginners: German-English
German Coursebook: Bilingual for Beginners: German-Spanish
Before you Choose your German Coursebook
If you are a teacher getting ready to teach German abroad, learn all about the beginner’s level in learning and teaching German language as a foreign language:
- what is A1 level in learning foreign languages
- what are A1 learners supposed to be able to do in reading, listening, speaking and writing
- how to use alternative teaching materials for the beginner’s level
- how to play educational classroom games
- how is the A1 certificate exam for German language structured
- pick up some learning and teaching German tips
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