Hallo, und Willkommen bei German Online! This introductory page will explain to you how to access and use your German Course. Please read this page carefully, and contact us if you have any questions.
German Online is now integrated with NCVPS, meaning that you will access German Online just like you will your other online courses. Simply put in your NCVPS login information here and find your German course among your other online courses.
Students who are new to NCVPS and Canvas are encouraged to work through the NCVPS Getting Started Unit. This will explain how Canvas works and allow you to submit some sample assignments to test your knowledge. However, the NCVPS Getting Started Unit is not part of your grade, so if you have already taken a Canvas course and are familiar with how it works, you do not need to work through this unit.
Before getting into your German course proper, you will be required to complete the German Online introductory materials. Luckily, you’re already here! Carefully read the rest of this page, then go take our Introductory Quiz. The questions on this quiz are based on this information here. We will show you how to get to the Introductory Quiz below!
Almost all of your course materials will be accessible by clicking the “Course Materials” icon. After you click on the icon, you will see a list of the chapters for the course. For each chapter you have two links, one for the daily assignments and one for the quizzes and tests for that chapter.
The first link will take you to the Daily Assignments document, which will give you a day-by-day plan of what you need to accomplish in our course, as well as links to any worksheets, videos, sound files, or computer exercises you will need.
The second link will take you to your graded assignments. You should take these assignments only when prompted to by the Course Materials document, in order to ensure that you are prepared.
Infosheets and Worksheets
As you work through the course, you will be required to complete infosheets and worksheets which we will provide. You can complete these documents in Microsoft Word or a comparable word processor on your computer, but we strongly encourage you to print them out and complete them by hand if possible. You can access those worksheets by clicking the "Course Documents" link on your Canvas home page. You should see them in both Microsoft Word and PDF formats.
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 answer keys to these infosheets and worksheets, which we advise you 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; or through Canvas messaging).
Quizzes, Writing Assignments, and Tests
You will periodically be required to take quizzes, writing assignments, and tests. Unless otherwise noted in the instructions, you are not allowed to have infosheets, worksheets, videos, or any outside materials on hand while taking these. You are also not allowed to collaborate with other students.
To ensure that students do not cheat, each test is 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, which you can access either by clicking on your usual quiz link. 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.
It is imperative that you stay on schedule, and to that end, quizzes and tests do have deadlines. While we will not penalize you for turning in late work, we do periodically lock old content. If you are unable to move forward in the course, for this or for any reason, please call us immediately.
You will take 3 speaking tests throughout your German course. When prompted to by your Course Material document, please call us at 1-800-423-6493 during our office hours to do so. For each speaking test, you will be expected to read a short passage in German. Then we will ask some questions, which you will also be expected to answer in German.
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.
You will also have a fourth speaking test, which will be optional and for extra credit.
While not mandatory, we do offer free weekly tutoring sessions to all students. Group tutoring is offered through Collaborate Ultra, which can be accessed via the link under the course Home Page. For students unable to attend the scheduled Collaborate Ultra sessions, or for those who want additional assistance, we do also offer one-on-one tutoring via Skype or telephone. If you opt to do individual tutoring, call us during our office hours (1-800-423-6493) to schedule a time.
Scheduling and Deadlines
As already noted, it is imperative that you do your best to stay on schedule. Falling behind makes it more difficult to complete the course and forces you to overwork, which hurts the learning process. It may also lead to assignments closing and require you to call us to have them unlocked.
While we will not penalize you for late work, we are required to submit progress reports to NCVPS. These grades are calculated based on where you should be in the course, meaning that if you have fallen behind, your progress report grade may appear to be very low. The progress report grades will have no bearing on the final grade we report to NCVPS at the end of the course, but depending on your school’s policy, they may count against you.
Typing Special Characters
German uses several letters which do not exist on an English keyboard. It is extremely important that you be able to enter these letters, as sometimes having a special letter drastically changes the meaning of a word. You can find instructions on entering these characters here.
Translator and Dictionaries
The use of translators is strictly forbidden, as we regard it to be cheating. If we notice translator use, we will fail you on the assignment and notify your school. If we notice repeat use of translators, assignments will be given a zero, with no possibility to retake them and we will again get into contact with 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’s important that you be able 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 wouldn’t 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 would prefer you to call and speak with one of our tutors.
If you have any questions over any portion of your course, please contact us immediately. You can reach us via our phone number during our office hours (1-800-423-6493), via Canvas message, or via e-mail.
Our course is designed to work best with Mozilla Firefox (30+) and Google Chrome (45+). You may run into issues when using a different browser, such as Internet Explorer, Edge, or Safari.