Sicher aktuell is a course for intermediate learners and follows a modular system, providing a solid foundation in the language skills needed for everyday use, academic studies and vocational training.
Each chapter presents different text types dealing with a wide choice of interesting topics. A variety of well-designed and effective tasks and exercise types provides an ideal basis for teaching at level B1+, B2 and C1. Each lesson follows a particular theme and a modular pattern of reading, listening, writing and speaking as well as watching and listening (a DVD with film material for listening and visual comprehension accompanies the course) and vocabulary and grammar. Each module ends with a little checklist with which learners can check their progress.
Cultural background knowledge plays an important part in the course. The choice of texts and their exploitation implicitly provides basic information about Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Under the heading "Wussten Sie schon?" ("Did you know?"), facts and figures are clearly explained. Learners thus gain access to a wealth of information that will help them to master everyday situations.
"Sicher! aktuell" follows the guidelines laid down by the CEFR. Each coursebook takes learners up to the relevant level of competence and enables them to take the relevant examination. Extra practice material is provided to help prepare for individual exams.
Teaching aims and learning objectives are achieved using different media that often complement each other - from the traditional printed word via materials for a moodle classroom to an interactive coursebook the contents of which (illustrations, tasks and practice material as well as texts) can be presented on a projector or a whiteboard.
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