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Fokus Deutsch Textbook Level 3

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Textbook to accompany Fokus Deutsch Video Course Level 3

The three main texts are correlated to the three levels of the video, either VHS tapes or DVDs.

Main texts contain viewing activities, vocabulary activities, grammar explanations and exercises, cultural and historical readings, listening comprehension activities, and reading and writing activities.

PLEASE NOTE: This textbook is keyed to the Fokus Deutsch Level 3 DVDs or Fokus Deutsch Level 3 VHS tapes. The book is not useful without the video.

The Fokus Deutsch DVDs are available only as a set that includes all 3 levels. Each level is not available separately.

The Fokus Deutsch VHS tapes are available in individual levels.

Hardback Book with Audio CD for listening comprehension.

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  • Review of the nominative and accusative cases: Marking subjects and direct objects
  • Kurz notiert: -nand -en endings
  • Kurz notiert: es gibt
  • Review of infinitives and the present tense: Talking about doing things
  • Kurz notiert: Present tense
  • Two-part verbs: More on doing things


VIDEOTHEK: Eine Familiengeschichte: Meta Heyn, a 91-year old grandmother her family’s history to her granddaughter. She describes the various historical events that the family experienced over the century.

Lebensstile: Peter and Sabine Schenk give insights into why they wanted to marry and have a family, while Nora Bausch gives her views on living as a single person in Germany.


  • The simple past tense: Telling about past events
  • Sprachspiegel: Strong, weak, and mixed verbs
  • Conjunctions: Connecting words, sentences, and ideas
  • Kurz notiert: und and oder
  • Kurz notiert: als and wenn
  • Negation: Negating words, sentences, and concepts
  • Kurz notiert: Negative answers to questions with schon and noch


VIDEOTHEK: Jugend in Bewegung: A retrospective on youth in Germany from the 1950’s to the present that shows how youth have had to fight for the liberty to choose different lifestyles.
Drei Jugendporträts: Three young people talk about their lives, their work, and their interests. All talk about why they chose their particular career path and what their expectations for their careers are.


  • The accusative and dative cases: Marking direct and indirect objects
  • Kurz notiert: Special endings for masculine nouns
  • Kurz notiert: wer, wen, and wem
  • Genitive case: Showing relationships and possession
  • Sprachspiegel: Noun modifiers in the genitive case
  • Accusative, dative, and accusative/dative prepositions: Combining words and connecting ideas
  • Kurz notiert: Idiomatic expressions with dative prepositions


VIDEOTHEK: Geschichte eines Gymnasiums: A brief history of the Gymnasium in Bremen, which dates back to the 16th century.
Der Schulalltag: Karolin invites the viewers to a typical day at her school near Frankfurt to see the types of classes she takes and the activities in which she is involved.


  • Der-and ein- words: Referring to specific or general persons or things
  • Kurz notiert: Accusative case in expressions that refer to specific time
  • Adjectives: Describing people, objects, places, and ideas
  • Indefinite numerals and the interrogative pronoun was für (ein):
  • Talking about amounts and asking about things



VIDEOTHEK: Geschichte einer Universität: A look at the founding of the University of Heidelberg, and its history to the present day. This retrospective also presents famous people who either studied or taught at the university and looks at how the university weathered the political storms of the 1960s.

Ein Student aus Kamerun: Guy, a student from Cameroon describes his experiences at a university in Germany. He talks about his studies, his housing, and the Mensa (cafeteria).


  • Subjunctive: Expressing polite requests and unreal situations
  • Sprachspiegel: wäre and were
  • Kurz notiert: an (deiner) Stelle
  • Present subjunctive of weak and strong verbs: More on expressing unreal events
  • Kurz Notiert: wollte or wünschte
  • Kurz Notiert: (doch) nur
  • Past subjunctive: Talking about unreal events in the past
  • Kurz notiert: als ob


VIDEOTHEK: Wirtschaft im Wandel: A look back at Germany’s changing economy from the Wirtschaftswunder (economic miracle) of the 1950s and 1960s to today.

Hilfe für Arbeitslose: Monika Schneider, an Arbeitsvermittlerin (employment officer), helps people find jobs that suit their qualifications. Viewers see her conduct an interview with an unemployed electrician and watch her visit a pharmacy owner to help him find a qualified employee.


  • Comparatives: Comparing people and things
  • Sprachspiegel: Comparative of adjectives with -er
  • Superlatives: Expressing the highest degree
  • Verbs as adjectives; participial constructions; extended modifiers:
  • More on describing people and things


VIDEOTHEK: Die Frauenbewegung: Julia, who works in a feminist bookstore, introduces a retrospective on the women’s movement in Germany. It begins with a look at the lack of opportunity her great-grandmother and grandmother had and shows how things had changed for her mother.

Im Auftrag der Frauen: Christa Pieper, a social service worker, helps women settle issues or problems in the workplace. She tries to create better working conditions for women and works toward creating solidarity between men and women.


  • Indirect discourse: Reporting what others say
  • Sprachspiegel: Contrasting subjunctive forms
  • Kurz notiert: Subjunctive II forms in speech
  • Indirect questions: Reporting what other people ask
  • Imperatives: Making direct requests



VIDEOTHEK: Ein grünes Hobby: As cities such as Berlin became overcrowded a hundred years ago and the people yearned for more green space, they began to plant gardens (Schrebergärten) outside of the city in order to enjoy nature.

Weiterbilden in der Freizeit: A perspective on leisure learning.
Today, many people in Germany take advantage of what the Volkshochschule (community college) has to offer them. Courses in painting, computers, and languages, among many others, are particularly attractive to many people.


  • Modal Verbs I: Expressing abilities, likes, intentions, and desires
  • Kurz notiert: Subjunctive II forms of sollen and wollen
  • Modal Verbs II: Expressing permission or obligation
  • Sprachspiegel: können and dürfen
  • Da- and Wo- compounds: Referring to things and ideas
  • Kurz notiert: Modal verbs
  • Sprachspiegel: there and where in English


VIDEOTHEK: Urlaub: Gestern und heute: The history of vacations. As Germans began to acquire more time and money, they started to travel to places within their own country, such as Bavaria and the Baltic Sea. After the 1950s and 1960s, the tourist industry began to boom.
Abenteuerurlaub: Birgit has decided to go on an adventure vacation. She chooses canyoning, guided climbing into canyon caves and crevices. Viewers watch her experience the thrills of canyoning.


  • The present perfect tense I: Talking about the past
  • The present perfect tense II: More on talking about the past
  • Sind Sie Wortschlau?: Past participles of verbs that share the same stem
  • Kurz notiert: Verbs of motion or change
  • Modal verbs in the perfect tense: Expressing desires, talents, and obligations in the past


VIDEOTHEK: Ein Kurort: A historical view of the spa culture and the concept of the Kur (spa therapy) in Germany.

Ein Arztbesuch: Sven Schüler goes to his general practitioner, whom he is seeing as part of his preventive medicine program.


  • Reflexive verbs and pronouns: Doing something for oneself
  • Kurz notiert: Reflexive verbs
  • Two-way prepositions: Talking about direction and location
  • Verbs with two-way prepositions: More on contrasting direction and location



VIDEOTHEK: Typisch Deutsch?: Erguen Cervik, a Turk living in Germany, narrates his view of the country. For him German cleanliness, order, and punctuality stand out. He comments on the system of traffic signs and lights as well as the tendency for Germans, in his opinion, to plan their time.

Vom Sauerkraut to Pizza: The history of food in Germany. While sauerkraut and Schweinebraten (pork roast) are not a thing of the past in Germany, other foods brought to Germany by immigrants have become very popular. Foreigners have not only brought new foods with them, they have essentially made Germany into a multicultural country.


  • Relative clauses I: Describing people and things
  • Relative clauses II: Using prepositions with relative clauses
  • Kurz notiert: da- and wo- compounds
  • Infinitive clauses with zu: Stating goals and intentions


VIDEOTHEK: Auf Kosten der Umwelt: For many years now Germans have taken pains to protect the environment. More and more laws to protect it are passed every year.

Umweltschutz zu Hause: Bärbel Barmbek lives in a community near Hamburg. She demonstrates for the viewers how her family’s house is a model of energy efficiency and environmental protection. From its grass roof to its wood floors, every aspect of the house was designed with the environment in mind.


  • The passive voice I: Focusing on the effect of the action
  • The passive voice II: Focusing on events in the past
  • The future tense: Talking about what will happen
  • Kurz notiert: The conjugated form of werden


VIDEOTHEK: Theater für Jugendliche: Viewers visit the Grips (brains, intellect) theater, a children’s theater in Berlin that is featuring a musical called "Linie 1" about a young woman and her experiences in the big city.

100 Jahre deutscher Film: A history of German film from its beginnings nearly 100 years ago to the present. Silent films were an artistic achievement in the Germany of the 1920s. Excerpts from a variety of German films through the years from "Das Cabinett des Dr. Caligari" (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) to "Die Ehe der Maria Braun" (The Marriage of Maria Braun) attest to the ingenuity of German filmmakers.


  • The past perfect tense: Talking about a sequence of events in the past
  • Kurz notiert: Present perfect and simple past tense
  • Alternatives to the passive: Focusing on actions and states
  • Word order with verbs: Expressing action
  • Kurz notiert: nicht