Learning German can be very hard, especially if it isn't your native language. In order to make German grammar more accessible, Dieses kleine Buch ist für dich uses a new visual system as learning support.
The appearance of text and signs make important aspects of the German language visible, so it becomes easier for you to notice, understand and remember them.
This visual system is used throughout the book in order to present grammar features in a consistent way. This allows for a continuous learning process and makes it easier for you to recognize the content you have learned.
The grammar topics are organized into four chapters: parts of speech, declension, comparison and conjugation. Each topic is then introduced with a concise explanation and several examples, enabling the book to be used as a learning aid or reference guide.
The first edition of Dieses kleine Buch ist für dich with 500 copies was produced in cooperation with the International Office from the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. Funded by the DAAD with funds from the Federal Foreign Office, this first edition will be distributed to the international students from the University.
Dieses kleine Buch ist für dich was published in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam and is available for download free of charge. The work is under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license and thus represents a contribution to the free and accessible communication of knowledge.
Barbara Avila Vissirini presented A Visual System for Grammar Instruction in Foreign Language Learning at the European Conference on Language Learning 2020.
In collaboration with the UCLAB research group, Barbara developed a visual system for the German language that makes morphological and grammatical features, which are important for non native speakers, visible.
During her Master studies Barbara Avila Vissirini dedicated her research to the visual representations of grammar in foreign language learning and asked herself how a consistent design of visual support could help the learning process. As part of her research, she examined in more detail how visual variables are used by current textbooks for German as a Foreign Language (Deutsch als Fremdsprache, DaF) as input enhancement.
Based on an analysis of the available visual variables and the most important grammatical features of the German language for non native speakers, Barbara developed a visual support system for Grammar instruction. She completed her master's thesis in 2019 and her work Visuals for Language received the design department award for the best master's thesis. Franziska Morlok, Professor for Editorial Design, and Marian Dörk, Professor for Information visualization, supervised the work.
After graduating Barbara became Research Associate in the UCLAB research group at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam and has further developed the visual system. In cooperation with the International Office of the University she wrote Dieses kleine Buch ist für dich.
Prof. Dr. Marian Dörk
Professor for Information Visualization
Prof. Franziska Morlok
Professor for Editorial Design
Head of the International Office and DaF Expert