Independent Learning: German

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German Courses

Willkommen! Our distance learning courses in German offer you the flexibility and convenience of learning a language at “your pace, your place” from experienced, highly qualified, and caring instructors.

Whether you are looking for a first semester course or German for Reading Knowledge, our distance education courses can fulfill your needs. Classes are available online.


First Year Courses:

First Semester German (Online, 4 Credits)

First Semester German is designed for beginning students who have had no previous instruction in German and for those interested in a refresher course. The course begins with a lesson on German pronunciation and continues with instruction on reading, listening, grammar, vocabulary building, and Germanic cultural traditions. Through the use of a variety of audio and visual materials you will learn to read simple German texts, hear and understand spoken German, and communicate in everyday living situations. By the end of this course and Second Semester German you will have learned the basic survival skills necessary for communicating effectively in any German-speaking country.

Second Semester German (Online, 4 Credits)

Learn the basic survival skills necessary for communicating effectively in any German-speaking country. Develop abilities to read simple German texts, hear and understand spoken German, and communicate in everyday living situations through the use of a variety of audio and visual materials.

German for Reading Knowledge (Online, 3 Credits)

Gain the ability to read any advanced German text with only the aid of a good dictionary. Get detailed, expert feedback from your Course Facilitator on translation assignments, proceeding from very basic grammar to the complex sentence structures characteristic of journalistic, technical, and scholarly writing. Great for meeting graduate program language requirements, genealogy work, and for theology students. Preview the entire course now at the free, open textbook, which includes online drills and visualization games. Key skills you’ll learn include: taking advantage of similarities between English and German, expert dictionary use, using easy grammar cues to save time, which grammar rules are the most important to memorize for reading purposes, and how to use step-by-step techniques to untangle even the most complex sentences.

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Second Year Courses (currently closed, if interested, contact us):

Third Semester German (Online, 4 Credits)

First semester of the second-year university course. The second year course sequence provides a thorough grammar review, a variety of readings grouped around relevant cultural topics, and the opportunity to advance German writing and communication skills. You will continue improving your listening and speaking skills through guided, independent work and conversations with your instructor.

Fourth Semester German (Online, 4 Credits)

Second semester of the second-year university course. The second year course sequence provides a thorough grammar review, a variety of readings grouped around relevant cultural topics, and the opportunity to advance German writing and communication skills. You will continue improving your listening and speaking skills through guided, independent work and conversations with your instructor. In this course, students transition from writing multiple brief responses to activities to writing short essays on a wide variety of topics based on cultural and literary texts. The goal is to enhance reading skills, increase vocabulary, and practice writing and self-expression in German.


German Team

Sarah Korpi

Alan Ng


Choose the right course: With a language, it is sometimes a challenge to determine which course is right for you. Please contact Sarah Korpi or David Werther for help in selecting your course. In some cases, we will ask you for a writing sample for correct placement.