Summary: By maintaining a focus on building students' listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, Deutsch Heute has become a classic among introductory German texts. Students learn grammar in a clear and concise format while being introduced to contemporary life and culture in German-speaking countries through cast of recurring characters. This cast appears in the Bausteine (dialogues) and in some readings and exercises, as well as in the Arbeitsheft (workbook) and test ...show mores. Familiar characters and the integration of all program components--workbook, video, and function-based activities--foster language learning and skill development.Easily manageable for two-semester courses, the text covers grammar in a logical sequence, leaving the future, subjunctive, and passive voices to the last two chapters. Each Kapitel (chapter) contains a number of function-based activities--in the early part of the lesson, and again in the Wiederholung (review)--that focus on specific emotional expressions such as showing skepticism or sympathy, signaling a lack of understanding, and giving positive and negative responses. More realia--advertisements, newspaper announcements, and cartoons--enlivens all the exercises and communicative activities throughout.