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AUF DEUTSCH 3. By Rosi McNab and Alan O'Brien. Pupil's book Pounds 7.50. Resource and Assessment File Pounds 72.95. Teacher's Guide Pounds 20.95. Cassettes (pack of 4) Pounds 52.95 + VAT. Flashcards Pounds 42.95, Heinemann, Age range 13-14.

Think of German and think of order. Teachers with an innate sense of Ordentlichkeit will appreciate the six chapter, half-termly structure of Auf Deutsch 3.

Sub-division of chapters into nine double-page units makes for an even more comfortable and methodical format. Despite differentiating ArbeitsblAtte and Extra-blAtter Auf Deutsch 3 presupposes high levels of motivation, linguistic competence and even general knowledge. A geographical quiz, noting the world's smallest continent, longest river, largest volcano could demoralise the enthusiastic linguist, but reluctant geogra-pher.

The taped material, often lively disputes between young people, also demands high standards of gist comprehension and likewise while the motivated pupil will appreciate preparing a piece of homework on tape, it would be folly to suggest that this could be undertaken across the full ability range.

The thoroughness with which Auf Deutsch 3 continues to present grammar marks a welcome return to the development of the understanding of basic language structures.

With exercises such as writing a weather forecast for Ayers Rock, the teacher has every need for the full cross-referencing to national curriculum areas of experience provided in the teacher's resource file. However, the Scottish teacher will find little comfort in this and will be justifiably disappointed to find a surprising total lack of reference to any system beyond the confines of the national curriculum.

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