In order to log into your course, you will need to go to our Online Classroom page. Where the page prompts you to input an email address, you will need to put in the Username we issued you, and you will put the Password in the Password area. Remember, your password is case-sensitive.
Once you have successfully logged in, simply click on the name of your course to get to your Course Homepage.
Your Course Outline will contain a day-by-day plan for each chapter in your course, as well as links to any infosheets and worksheets, videos, sound files, and external links that are required for the course.
These assignments are not graded, but it is very important that you complete them, since these documents allow you to practice the things you will learn and serve as study guides for your quizzes and tests. We will also discuss the infosheets and worksheets in tutoring sessions, so it is a good idea to have them completed and available.
Your Distance Learning Advisor or Course Facilitator will be given access to answer keys to these infosheets and worksheets, which we advise you to use to check your answers at the end of each chapter. If you have questions about the the answers you find there, please do not hesitate to contact us (phone: 1-800-423-6493, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or Skype: German Online in Stillwater, OK).
In order to access your quizzes, tests, and writing assignments, go to your Course Homepage. In the black bar near the top of your screen (the one that starts with ‘Course Content’, you should see a link titled “Quizzes.” Click this link to see a list of available assignments. We require that you complete all assignments in a unit before you can move forward, including speaking tests.
Before you can start the course proper, you will also be required to take an introductory quiz, which is based on the information you find here. You may take this quiz as many times as you like, but notice that you must complete it with a grade of 90% or above before the rest of the quizzes will be unlocked.
To ensure that students do not cheat, quizzes and tests are password-protected. You will get the passwords for your assignments from your local Distance Learning Advisor or Course Facilitator. If you do not know who that is, please call us immediately.
You make take each assignment two times. However, you must score at least a 30% on a quiz or writing assignment to qualify for the second attempt, and for tests you will need to score at least a 40%. Before you take your second attempt, we highly recommend that you look at your first attempt. To see your first attempt, navigate to your “Quizzes” tab. However, instead of clicking on the name of the quiz (as you would to take a quiz) look to the right. There should be a small arrow next to the name of the quiz. When you click this arrow, you should see an option labeled “Submissions.” Simply click this button and select your first attempt to see your answers, the correct answers, how many points you got for each answer, and feedback and comments on your assignments.
We will do our best to leave clear feedback. If you have questions on the feedback or feel that your test has been misgraded, please call us immediately.
Speaking tests are mandatory, and you will not be able to move on to later material until they are complete. If some circumstance prevents you from being able to take speaking tests, please have your facilitator contact us.
There is a fourth speaking test towards the end of your course, which will be optional and for extra credit.
Note that any deadlines in the course will be set by your school. When your school demands your final grade, that is when you need to be finished with the course. If you do not know when your final grades are due, talk to a counsellor or principal at your school.
The use of dictionaries, especially online dictionaries, is strongly discouraged. It may seem unintuitive, but dictionaries often get in the way of learning, rather than helping it.
In German I and II especially, we will have a fairly limited vocabulary, and some of your sentences may be repetitive. This is fine. We will be introducing you to some of the most common and important words in German, and it is important that you learn to use them and remember them. We are also focusing more on learning the basic grammar and rules which govern German -- oftentimes, looking up new words gets in the way of focusing on these basic ideas.
If there is an idea which you’re having difficulty putting into words, try to use what you know to say it in a different way. For an example in English, imagine you didn’t know the word “Return.” You would not be able to say “He returned my book to me,” but you might be able to say “He gave me back my book,” getting the same meaning across. This is something we encourage you to try to do as you learn German.
If you are absolutely stuck and can’t say what you want to with the vocabulary we give you, we prefer you to call and speak with one of our tutors.