The best textbooks of the German language: A review. Part I.
There are a great deal textbooks of German now. From Russian publishers, Belorussian, Ukrainian, French, American as well as original German editions, such as from Goethe Institute or Klett Verlag.
They are all not ideal. Practically in all the textbooks there are grammar or orthographical mistakes, some old-fashioned and rarely used constructions and clichés. Sometimes there are even mistakes in explanation of grammar rules. I will try to describe shortly the best textbooks which I use and which my students like a lot.
Daf Kompakt A1-B1
A super-duper textbook, I would say. There are 3 levels: A1, A2 and B1. Some themes are repeated on different levels and often some specific topic is described in more details with new words and grammar in the new level. In this textbook all the skills are trained: Reading, Speaking, Listening, Writing as well as Grammar and Vocabulary. There are lot of interesting texts, small and big, lots of real examples of letters, emails, announcements. All the texts are separated in several smaller ones, which makes reading easier. There are a lot of listening exercises. Besides, there is a Workbook which can be used for improving all the skills. At the end of every chapter all the information is summarized, there is a vocabulary and grammar list.
One of my favorite textbooks which I always advise as for beginners and for Advanced. The topics are really interesting, and all the materials are well presented: topics, vocabulary, phrases, some small grammar pieces, which are connected with the topics.
Exercises and texts are interesting, and at the site of the publisher there are a lot of additional exercises for all the levels (for these textbooks).
These textbooks are used in Goethe-Institute and Studienkollegs. Besides, this textbook is good because it is “user-friendly.” You can easily find anything you want and use that as a cheat sheet where you can always check the necessary words and grammar. However, there is one detail: this textbook is a bit complicated for self-study. Grammar themes can be located in different chapters, that’s why it can be difficult to pass that a page after page. Sometimes I have to change the order of studying chapters, depending on the group of my students.