German I - II

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.
 
Logging in
 
Once you have successfully registered for the course, you should receive a confirmation email prompting you to login and set your password. Your username for this login will be the email address that was used to register. Simply follow that link, login, and select your password. Note: Be sure to write down your password! German Online does not have access to your password, and if it becomes misplaced, you will need to follow the “Forgot Password?” prompt on the login page.
 
You may login to the course from the “Course Access/Login” page under the “Register/Login” section, or from the login page directly <here>.
 
Getting Started
 
Before getting into your German course proper, you will be required to complete the German Online introductory materials. Once logged in, you will select your German course, which should bring you to the course homepage. At the course homepage, there will be a button near the center of the page titled “First Time Logging in? Click 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 cannot move forward without completing the quiz with a 90% or above before starting the rest of the course.
 
Contacting Us

Above all we want you to know our contact information! It is extremely important that you contact us if you have any questions or problems in the course. You can reach us via Canvas messenger and via our email address, which is german.online@okstate.edu. However, the fastest and most efficient way to reach us is by calling us at 1-800-423-6493 during our office hours.

These methods of communication are on your course home page every time you log in, so no excuses! The faster you call us and get your issues resolved, the faster you can move forward in the course and the more successful you will be.

Note that we will also communicate with you via the Course Announcements button on your homepage. We will post information about holidays, office closures, and helpful resources or links there. It is a good idea to check the announcements every time you log in.

 
Technical Requirements

Our courses are not optimized for mobile devices and using a mobile device may lead to bugs. Students should access the courses on a laptop or desktop if possible.

Our course is designed to work best with Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. You may run into issues when using a different browser, such as Microsoft Edge, or Safari.

 
Course Materials

You will access your course materials using the "Daily Plan" pages in your course Modules. This daily plan will contain a list of instructions, as well as links to handouts, videos, sound files, and any other resources you will need in order to complete your course. As a result, this is probably where you will spend most of your time working.

The course materials are laid out according to a 150 day schedule. The due dates for your assignments are set according to this schedule, but our courses are self-paced and one may start them at any time of the year, so anyone completing work past the " due dates" or working ahead or behind schedule will not be penalized for doing so. It should be noted, however, that each student has 365 days to finish the course. This is determined by the date you begin your German course, which means you might want to make a note of when you began! All that being said, if your school dictates that you should be finished with your course by a specific date, German Online will respect that decision as long as it falls before the course end date (1 year after you have started the course). All students are free to work ahead if so inclined.

Note that the schedule (and the various due dates) are flexible, but it's still very important that you work through the course at a steady rate

 
Worksheets

As you work through the course, you will be required to complete worksheets, which will be linked in your Daily Plan on the first day of each chapter. Handouts are provided in both Word Document and .pdf formats. For students digitally completing the documents, we recommend downloading the word document version, while students who do their worksheets by hand should use the .pdf.

In German 1 and 2, your handouts will not be graded by the German Online staff. Instead, we will provide answer keys to your facilitator, and you can (and should!) check your answers against those keys. 

Though they are not graded, completing the worksheets is absolutely critical. This course does not have a textbook, as these worksheets are taking the place of a normal textbook and workbook. They are a resource for you to practice what you learn, and they serve as study guides for your various reviews. Furthermore, you'll be required to read aloud from your worksheets for speaking tests, and if you sign up for tutoring sessions, we will work extensively with them.

Additionally, one critical part of language learning is practice. Understanding a language in theory and being able to use it in practice are two very different things! If you don't complete your worksheets, you're simply not getting the practice you need to truly grasp and be able to use German. So make sure you complete them!

If you have any questions when you're checking your worksheets (or, for that matter, when you're completing them!), please do not hesitate to contact us (phone: 1-800-423-6493, email: german.online@okstate.edu, 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 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 may 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 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.

We are averaging the grades of quizzes and tests with multiple attempts. This means that it will be critical for you to do as well as you can the first time -- so study hard!

 
Speaking Tests

German 1 & 2 students will be required to take three speaking tests during the course. In addition, there is an optional fourth speaking test which students can take for extra credit. When prompted, schedule your speaking test with us by using the "Schedule a Call" link on your homepage. 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.

Because speaking is such an important part of language learning and because it's the thing which students receive the least guidance on in an online setting, the speaking tests are mandatory. You will have to call in and take them before you can move on to later assignments. While we know many students suffer from phone anxiety, we will not be accepting alternative submissions or assignments unless it is medically necessary to do so.

 
Tutoring
 
While not mandatory, we do offer free weekly tutoring sessions to all students. These sessions typically last 15 minutes. During that time, we will go over the material you have studied, practice conversation and pronunciation, and answer any questions which you might have. We are using vCita to schedule these tutoring sessions -- you can access that by clicking the "Schedule a Call" link on your course homepage.
 
 
Translator and Dictionaries

In German I and II, you are not allowed to make use of translators and dictionaries. We provide you with a fairly limited vocabulary, which can be frustrating, but the use of dictionaries can oftentimes hurt language learning more than helping. Until you have an understanding of basic German grammar, it's simply better to focus on the vocabulary we give you!

The use of translators is strictly forbidden, as it is cheating. If we notice translator use, You will receive a zero on the assignment, and we will notify your school. If we notice repeated 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.
 
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 on your "Modules" page. In the description of each assignment, there will be each of the special characters that you may copy and paste as well.

If you are still unable to type these special characters, please follow these guidelines:

ä = ae

ö = oe

ü = ue

ß = ss

 

Contact Us

Phone:  1-800-423-6493

Email:  german.online@okstate.edu

SKYPE:  German Online (german_online) in Stillwater, OK

Mailing Address:
German Online
108 Gundersen Hall
Stillwater, OK  74078

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