Fatima Baig is a German Lecturer at Rice University. Being a German herself, Baig is very familiar with Klett. She's worked with Klett resources since beginning at Rice seven years ago. Professor Baig regularly participates in conferences and professional development events. At Klett’s Honing our Craft conference, she shared how much she enjoys teaching with Netzwerk Neu. Baig's main goal is to instill students' love of language learning with cross-cultural appreciation and understanding.
Rice University is a private 4-year university with a total enrollment of 6,740 students.
Rice University’s Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication seeks to
Rice offers various German courses, but there is no mandatory language requirement. As a result, students choose German courses out of pure interest, so Baig has the freedom to implement immersion experience. Baig shared how there’s “a great need for the incorporation of diversity, equity, and inclusion topics in the Higher Education world. Because of this, students need to see themselves in the texts.
Among 10 languages offered at Rice, German is selected by fewer students compared to Spanish and Asian languages. However, German instructors are passionate and want the best curriculum for their students. When it comes to textbooks, Baig is happy to have Netzwerk Neu.
Netzwerk Neu is an affordable, monolingual textbook structured to meet the needs of students. Instructors focus on providing an immersive learning experience in the classroom and online with
Print and digital versions of the textbook provide additional support in and out of the classroom.
Netzwerk Neu incorporates sustainable language acquisition with its…
The illustrations and imagery are contemporary and resonate with today’s students. One student taking German at Rice claimed it was “the best produced video she’s ever seen from a textbook company.”
In Professor Baig’s experience, authentic, real-world experiences promote cultural awareness. As a result, students develop an understanding beyond the language alone. In addition to the text, the supplementary materials help deepen German language and culture.
Fatima Baig and her colleague are passionate about the use of Netzwerk Neu’s monolingual textbook because it provides an immersive, meaningful language learning experience. They have seen many benefits in using a monolingual textbook and encourage all instructors to make the switch.
The updated images, high-quality videos, and learner-friendly presentations make it a textbook that college students enjoy. They especially appreciate the additional digital resources, like Kahoot review games. Many students see themselves in Klett products, due to the efforts in diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the text.