Using the text Deutsch Aktuell, students gain a deeper appreciation for the history and cultural heritage of today's German-speaking countries. This is brought to light through discussions of such topics as the environment, social problems, health, media and technology. New grammar points are integrated within a wide variety of text types including cartoons, poems, short stories, biographies and cultural articles. The highly illustrated text provides ample partner and group activities to strengthen speaking skills. The audio program allows students to sharpen their listening skills and with the video series, Junge Leute, students will follow the lifestyles and daily experiences of several young people from Germany and Austria. The accompanying workbook provides for a wide variety of written exercises including use of the Internet. A unit on the Amish (Pennsylvania Deutsch) in the spring term culminates with a field trip to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.