Now in its third edition "Kontakte: A Communicative Approach" is the successful beginning German text based on the Natural Approach. The Natural Approach, widely associated with Tracy Terrell, introduces students to language inductively, by exposing them to vocabulary and structures in the context of lively activities. In this communicative approach, grammar explanations and practice are an aid to leaning the language, not an end in themselves. The Natural Approach in general - and "Kontakte" 3rd edition in particular - are highly communicative and create a spontaneous and low-anxiety classroom atmosphere in which the focus is first on comprehension, then on communication. "Kontakte" 3rd edition emphasizes culture as well as communication, with a variety of boxes, readings, and interactive culture-based activities. The third edition of "Kontakte" also includes a new listening comprehension tape that instructors can use in class as well as a new video, new interactive software and additional new supplements.