Oklahoma State University

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.

 

Getting Started

 

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 all of the rest of this page, then go take our Introductory Quiz. The questions on the quiz are based on the information here, and we’ll show you below how to access that quiz. Note that you must complete the quiz with a 90% or above before you can start the rest of the course.

 

Logging In -- Log In video

 

You and your local facilitator should have received an email with a Username and Password. If you have not received this email, please contact us immediately (phone: 1-800-423-6493, email: german.online@okstate.edu, or Skype: German Online in Stillwater, OK).

 

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.

 

Course Materials

 

To access most of the course’s content, you will need to find your Chapter Outline. On your Home Page, you should see a black bar near the top of your page, with links labeled “Course Home”, “Content”, and so on. Click on the “Content” tab. To your left, you should see a series of grey tabs. Navigate to the one labeled “Outline”, and you should see a link appear in the middle of your page. Simply click that link to open your Course Outline.

 

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.

 

Infosheets and Worksheets -- Infosheets Video

 

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.

 

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: german.online@okstate.edu, or Skype: German Online in Stillwater, OK).

 

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.

 

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

 

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.

 

There is a fourth speaking test towards the end of your course, which will be optional and for extra credit.

 

Tutoring

 

While not mandatory, we do offer free weekly tutoring sessions to all students. You should schedule these weekly sessions by telling us a day and time when you could call us every week on that same day at the same time. These tutoring sessions typically take 15 minutes.  During that time we go over the material you have studied, practice pronunciation with you, and answer any questions you might have. We prefer doing these sessions using Skype which is freeware and does not require a camera on your part. You can schedule these sessions for any time during our office hours, which during the school year are 7:30 am Central time to 6:00 pm Central time, Monday through Friday.

 

Scheduling and Deadlines

 

Our course outlines are currently designed to get you through your German course in about 150 days. This is roughly equivalent to a traditional, two-semester course. Students working in single-semester, block schedule courses will need to complete roughly two days of coursework per day in order to finish the course in one semester.


Because we deal with students from around the country, our course does not have any hard deadlines. However, be aware that it is important to work through the course at a steady rate. Procrastination and cramming make it more difficult to learn and retain any information, and both the quality of your learning and your grades can suffer as a result.

 

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.

 

Typing Special Characters

 

German uses four 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 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.

 

Additional Information

 

If you have any questions over any portion of your course, please contact us immediately. During our office hours (Mo-Fr 7:30 am Central to 6:00 pm Central) you can reach us via our phone number (1-800-423-6493) or on Skype (German Online in Stillwater, OK). You can also reach us via email at german.online@okstate.edu .

 

Browser Requirement

 

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.