Quality of the sentences
I understand that not much vocabulary can be used at the beginners' level but still the choice can be better with more sense and avoiding international words to save time and space. Some sentences are plain funny and not educational, e.g. Die Lehrer trinken Bier.
I agree... the problem here, too, is that more translations are being done from German text to English and not the other way around. I find myself seeing the German text that I must translate as if it was English; I don't feel like I am actually learning to speak or understand German.