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Deutsch 1 Overview
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Objective of the German course
 

Deutsch 1 is an introductory online German course for those with little or no background in the language. Whether you are studying German for the first time or have studied it in the past but need to brush up on it, this is the course for you. Deutsch 1 has two main goals: the first is to build a grammatical foundation of the German language to enable you to step up to the next level; the second is to build good communication skills, which are essential if you want to learn to speak German fluently.

Deutsch 1 teaches you grammatical concepts, conversational skills, and a correct pronunciation of the German language through a variety of activities: drills, exercises, learning games, role-plays, and more. Depending on the enrollment option you choose, you can receive constant feedback about your performance and test your progress in each lesson. You can also sign up for two unique services: the direct support of a dedicated German tutor and a proficiency certificate at the end of your German course.

After completion of this twelve-lesson online course, you will be able to manipulate basic language skills and apply what you have learned in actual conversations: for example, you will be able to speak German and ask for directions, place an order in a restaurant, check into a hotel, or buy a ticket at a train station. Generally, you will be able to communicate with a German speaker on an elementary level.

Deutsch 1 is the first step towards learning to speak German with confidence or brushing up on your knowledge of the German language and gain fluency.

 
Structure of the German course
 

Deutsch 1 is divided into two Chapters, twelve Lessons, two Role-Plays, two Quizzes, and two Pronunciation Checks. The course also provides a complete online Vocabulary.

 

Chapters
Chapter 1 includes Lesson 1 to 5, Role-Play 1, Quiz 1, and Pronunciation Check 1.
Chapter 2 includes Lesson 6 to 12, Role-Play 2, Quiz 2, and Pronunciation Check 2.

Lessons
Each Lesson of the course has seven sections:
1. The Grammar explains the grammatical concepts taught in the Lesson.
2. The Vocabulary lists the new German words you learn and it includes translations, sounds, and graphics.
3. The Drill & Practice makes you apply grammar and German vocabulary in various activities.
4. The Games provide a relaxed way to practice German grammar that is particularly difficult.
5. The Exercises help you improve grammar, German spelling, and pronunciation.
6. The Test allows you to see if you have correctly assimilated the content of the Lesson.
7. The Results & Advice page keeps track of your performance and suggests ways to improve your language skills.

Role-Plays
Each Role-Play has five sections:
1. The Idioms explain the expressions taught in the Role-Play.
2. The Vocabulary lists new words and German idioms together with translations, sounds, and graphics.
3. The Act & Practice makes you apply the grammar, vocabulary, and idioms you have learned in real dialogs.
4. The Test allows you to see if you have correctly assimilated the content of the Role-Play.
5. The Results & Advice page keeps track of your performance and suggests how to improve your language skills.

Quizzes
The Quiz tests your active knowledge of what you have learned in a Chapter.

Pronunciation Checks
The Pronunciation Check allows you to see if you have developed a good pronunciation in German.

Statistics
The Statistics page records the time you have been studying German and compares it with the recommended time.

Vocabulary
The Vocabulary is a reference section that contains all the German words used in the course.

 
Preload
 

The Preload page allows you to load Lessons, Role-Plays, Quizzes, and Vocabulary to your local cache. You can preload any feature before you actually view it and access it later without a further loading delay.
The Preload page is particularly useful if your connection speed is not very high or if you have to connect at Web peak times. If you take the course from the same computer onto which you have preloaded the movies, you can study offline at any time.

 
Note
 

Access to Tests, Quizzes, Pronunciation Checks, and personal support from a language tutor are available only if you enroll in the Lessons and the Tuition, while the proficiency certificate is available only if you enroll in the Complete Course.

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