In order to log into your course, you will need to go to our Online Classroom page. Where the page prompts you, 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.
Unlike German 1 and 2, your worksheets for this course will be graded by our team of tutors. At the end of each chapter, you will need to upload those worksheets.
To submit your Worksheets, find the “Dropbox” link on your Course Home Page, just to the right of the “Content” link. You should see a link labeled “Handout” which corresponds to the unit you’re working in. Simply click that link and upload your assignment. Note that you can also click on that link to see your previous submissions, as well as to read comments which we leave on your assignments.
German 3 and 4 are built around reading, writing, and speaking German as much as possible. If a question is asked in German, we expect you to answer in German as well, using your own words. If at all possible, your answers should be a complete sentences or thoughts. If we notice that you over-rely on quotes or one-word answers, you will lose points.
The worksheets will also be graded more strictly than your quizzes and tests. We will do our best to provide detailed and constructive feedback so that you can correct your worksheets and resubmit them for a higher grade. To balance out the stricter grading, you will have as many attempts on the worksheets as you need. The goal is to point out and correct as many mistakes as possible, so that you will hopefully make them less often as you progress.
If you have any questions regarding your worksheets or our feedback to them, 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).
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 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.
Just as with worksheets, you can click on the link again to view your previous submissions, as well as any comments which we leave.
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.
Although we do not forbid the use of dictionaries, we do urge extreme caution if you decide to make use of one. It may seem unintuitive, but dictionaries often get in the way of learning, rather than helping it.
A critical skill in learning a foreign language is to find creative ways to express your thoughts, despite a limited vocabulary. Doing so may require more sentences and more advanced grammatical constructs, but it also allows you to practice and develop a better feel for the language.
For an English example, consider the word “irredentist.” This is a perfectly valid English word that sees almost no use. If someone learning English could make the very easy sentence, “He was an irredentist”, but if they couldn’t make the sentence “He wanted his country to reclaim its former territory”, does that person really have a good understanding of English?
Avoiding dictionaries where possible will also allow you to avoid the pitfalls of word-for-word translation. We oftentimes find that when students look up words, they tend to simply write sentences in English and then try to translate them word-for-word into German, which is neither a good way to learn a language nor a good way to make accurate German sentences.
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 do decide to make use of a dictionary, it may also be a good idea and speak with one of our tutors and discuss strategies for using a dictionary effectively.
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