Elementary German I
This online course offers students flexibility and efficiency in a demanding academic setting. It is designed for the beginning student with no previous knowledge of German. Through innovative online collaborative instruction and mentoring, the course focuses on the development of language competence in the three modes of communication (interpersonal, presentational and interpretive). Weekly sessions combine authentic content from Deutsche Welle for self-learning and materials designed by the instructor in a learning management system. The online distance-learning tool Adobe Connect facilitates the synchronous part of the course, thereby engaging students in collaborative online written and verbal conversation monitored by the instructor. Students interact in simple conversations about familiar things and develop basic strategies for both face-to-face situations and online settings. The rich cultural resources available online complement instruction and offer students the opportunity to learn about the German-speaking world.