Finding the right book for you
Over the last 26 years I have been using a lot of different books to teach German and for students to learn German. There have been quite a few books I liked, some I loved and some I really didn't get on with as there was always something missing or the flow of the book just wouldn't work.
Some of my favourites are not in production anymore and through trial and error I found the books below which I am using at the moment with my students . I love the idea of these books including both the student book and the work book all in on, they come with CDs which can be played in a Hi-Fi and additionally there is a vast amount of free online material that anyone can use together with the book or even without the book.
These books are written entirely in German which may make A1 a little bit challenging at the beginning if you are using it on your own, but it certainly gets you to move on fairy quickly with a little bit of extra work.
The following books are used for adult education along the European Framework which was put together by the Council of Europe as a way of standardising the levels of language exams in different regions. It is very widely used internationally.
There are 6 levels which are A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2.
The first 3 Levels of these books have a Glossary which is very handy to have as a reference book on vocabulary. Each page of the glossary is in German, English, French and Spanish. So it does apply to a wide range of language learners.
The following books are used for AQA A-Level according to the new specifications from 2016 and in line with material used by AQA Kerboodle.
AQA A-Level year 1 German has been written to the 2016 specifications. This course consists of all the topics and grammar according to the first year of A-Level German studies in accordance with the curriculum of the new specifications.
AQA A-Level Year 2 German has been written for the 2016 specifications. It consists of all the relevant topics and grammar for the second year of A-level German according to the new specifications.