By the end of this course you will have developed a spoken and written profile in German that reflects your backgrounds, customs and the cities you live in. Through the medium of a foreign language, we will learn about each other and exchange our reactions to contemporary German life and lifestyles.In this experimental language course we will use the German language to learn about each other and develop an understanding of different cultural values in both modern Germany and around the world. In the process of acquiring basic language skills in German, you will be using them to construct personal or virtual profiles within the context of your own culture and society. At the same time, you will compare your cultural attitudes and Weltanschauung with those represented through the lives of contemporary German personalities, actors, artists and politicians.
The weekly schedule of assignments comprises:
Syllabus with Assignments
Fridays to Sundays
Please note that although we strongly recommend that these daily activities be completed on the days they are assigned, students make work through the assignments at their own speed throughout the week.
Do I need a knowledge
of German to join the course?
No. You do not need to know German to join the course. This course is designed in mind for the student without any previous knowledge of German.
Can I participate in the course if I already know German?
Yes. And we encourage both advanced speakers and native speakers to join the course and to share with participants from around the world their cultural backgrounds and experiences. Ultimately, our goal is to create a learning community in which beginners learn from advanced speakers and all of us gain through the medium of German a better understanding of the differences and similarities in our societies and cultures.
Do I need to purchase any textbooks for the course?
No. All content needed to complete the course will be provided and has been designed specifically for this MOOC.
How will the learning of grammar and vocabulary take place?
You will learn grammar and vocabulary through numerous samples of language usage in thematic contexts. With these samples you will be able to model your own written and spoken samples. Several online readings about German celebrities, cities and contemporary social issues will also accompany each unit with comprehension checks and automatic feedback.
I see that the weekly schedule includes daily assignments. Will I be able to work at my own pace if I am unable to complete the assignment on the assigned day?
Yes. Although we recommend that the daily assignments be completed on the days they are scheduled, students may work through the assignments at their own speed throughout the week.
How do the videos fit into the course?
Each video consists of segments that introduce the topics, vocabulary and grammar structures you will need to develop a social profile that describes e.g. who you are, where you come from and what you do. Each video segment is followed by an embedded online comprehension check and corresponds to a downloadable worksheet with vocabulary and model answers to questions posed in the video.
What about discussion
forums? How do they fit in the course?
The discussion forums are where you will have the opportunity to synthesize and use what you learned from the videos, online exercises and readings to communicate and describe yourself and create your social profile.
If I feel uncomfortable about describing my actual self, may I develop an avatar personality or fictional character?
Absolutely, creativity within the bounds of good taste is encouraged and appreciated. I will be doing the same.
What is uniquely different about this language course?
Unlike a traditional classroom, where people interact with people from across the room, you will be interacting with and learning from and about people from across the globe.
What do I expect to have learned by the end of the course?
By the end of the course you will have developed a social profile in German that describes who you are, your likes and dislikes, the cities you live in, your professions and some daily routines. You will also gain insights into the ways Germans live in society and in the ways people worldwide live in their respective societies.
Will a Statement of Accomplishment be awarded at the end of Auf Deutsch?
Yes -- But please note that taking
the Statement of Accomplishment is not a requirement for attending the
course. Our goal is to create a learning experience with your
participation. That being said, receiving a Statement of Accomplishment
will depend upon your completion of course requirements including all
unit exercises and contributions to the online forums. Auf Deutsch is a
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