After reading a post by Chung, I got interested in the concept of an ideal textbook structure. Here are some examples of different structures I've seen in text books that worked well for me: Thai for Beginners - vocabulary, dialogues, sentences, grammar, test, writing system, writing test. Penguin Russian - key expressions, grammar with sample sentences and exercises, vocabulary, text and or dialogues and comprehension exercises. I found this course to be really helpful, even though it had no audio. I guess I'm getting so used to using multiple sources for everything lots of shortcomings are forgivable. Japanese for everyone - dialogues, vocabulary, dialogue comprehension exercises, grammar with sample sentences, exercises, text with reading comprehension exercises and audio with listening comprehension exercises. I didn't use the audio for this text, as it's no longer available. Grammaire du Français - key phrases and pictures, grammar points/tables, exercises. This is more of a grammar than a textbook; the lessons are very short and effective. I think this proves that many different combinations will work for me, but I have preferences. I like the grammar to be presented logically and systematically, so I think the lessons should be structured to facilitate that first and foremost. If the lessons are big enough, they can also be organized by thematic vocabulary topics, for example, but that's not as important to me. Here's the order I prefer: 1) Dialogue that's long enough to illustrate the lesson's grammar 2) Vocabulary list containing all the new vocabulary for the lesson 3) Grammar with sample sentences and exercises after each main point Ideally, I'd like audio for all of this too. How do you like your textbook structured?