1. What is German Online?
German Online is a series of distance learning courses for high school students. The students receive credit for the courses from their high school just as if they were taking them from an onsite teacher. We offer German I, II, III, IV and AP German.
Oklahoma State University has been offering these courses since 1985, first by satellite and now via the Internet. During those years more than 20,000 students from all over the country have learned German with us.
Local class sizes range from one to 25 students. The courses are intended to fill the need for foreign language instruction when no qualified teacher is available.
2. How does the program work?
All of the courses are full year-long - or semester-long for schools on block schedules -
5-days-a week courses. Lessons are accessible on the Internet and have links to video, animation and sound files to practice vocabulary, explain grammar points and introduce the culture of German-speaking countries. Most video clips and sound files come with information sheets that students fill in as they watch and listen. There are also computer exercises and worksheets, as well as group and class activities for additional practice.
Our courses include weekly telephone sessions with our instructors and tutors so that students can practice their vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation. Quizzes and tests are taken on the Internet. Quizzes are graded by the computer, tests are graded by our instructors.
3. What support services are available?
OSU provides toll-free 800 numbers for students, teachers and parents to call when they have questions or need extra assistance. The German Online number connects directly to one of our instructors. We are here Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Central Time. Our instructors and tutors can also be reached by email.
4. How do students receive credit for these courses?
Students receive credit at their local high school, just as they would if they were taking the course from a teacher there. Our instructors send the grades for quizzes and tests to the local teacher who assigns report card grades for each student.
Those students taking AP German may take the AP exam offered by The College Board at the end of each school year. Most colleges and universities award credit for a grade of three or better on these exams.
5. What is the role of the local teacher?
The local teacher does not need to speak German, but he or she does need to supervise the students to make certain that they are staying on schedule and are completing assignments. There are some activities which require group or class work under the supervision of the teacher. Also, the local teaching partner will be responsible for assigning the final grades for students' report cards.
6. What happens if my child has problems understanding some of the course material?
Part of our courses are weekly phone sessions with one of our tutors for up to five students on a speaker phone. These sessions not only give us the opportunity to practice speaking with the students, but they also serve to find out if students have any problems. In addition, students, teachers and parents are welcome to call us on our 800 number (1-800-423-6493) which connects directly to one of our instructors. We are available for questions Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Central Time.
7. What do I do if I still have some questions?