Master your German

Learning German online successfully: improving speaking, reading and writing skills.
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Instructed by Peter Bloecker Language / German
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  • Lectures 24
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 7/2015 English

Course Description

ABOUT THIS COURSE

"Master your German online"

In my course, which is NOT a language course, you will learn how to master and improve your language skills over a given time span of your own choice by using open and free online resources which are authentic and constantly updated by institutions and different providers.

Who Is This Course For?

The target group of my course are adult and highly motivated students of German worldwide who have already achieved an intermediate level of German (B 1 / B2 according to the European Common Framework) either at their schools or universities or in other contexts. Improving your “Business German" is not directly addressed in this course, but can be mastered as well by choosing your own resources online.

No teaching but coaching

I will take you step by step through known portals like the website of the GOETHE-INSTITUT and DEUTSCHE WELLE and help you to create and develop your individual and powerful pathway to improve your understanding of authentic videos and texts and media updates in the target language and demonstrate based on my 35 years experience of teaching languages and literature how to improve your grammar, your reading and writing skills and how to boost up your German without losing interest in the subject matter.

I will use a clear project based lesson structure for my course allowing you to follow my examples and then explore freely on your own without further guiding and tutoring. This adult learning concept trust that you will not have to study texts or videos on subject matters you are not interested in.

So no waste of time and lost energies.

This course is suitable for anyone with normal computer and IT skills.

If in trouble I will be there to guide you through possible solutions teaching you to find answers on the net or on special forums.

What will you be able to do after taking this course?

By the end of the training you will know how to:

- Navigate the portals above successfully and bookmark the relevant sites you need for your own second language development.

- Know how to use videos, audio and text resources to master and improve your language skills

- Be able to use audio resources of your choice and find text versions so that you can read what you are listening to (2 channel learning)

What Is Covered In The Course?

- Introduction - Motivation and adult learning concepts

- Learning German with the GOETHE - INSTITUT

- Learning German with DEUTSCHE WELLE

- SPIEGEL online - Authentic texts, Audio and Video resources in the target language

- SPIEGEL online INTERNATIONAL - English resources and how to use them to boost your German

- Projekt Gutenberg - reading German literature online and how to get audio resources or English translations to boost your German

- The novel "Jahrestage" by Uwe Johnson / a free audio streaming project

- Master your general communication skills

- How to communicate effectively

- Reading strategies - how to improve reading comprehension

- Master your vocabulary

- Master your grammar skills

- Final ideas and support

- Summary

30 Day Money Back Guarantee

If you are not happy with the course for any reason whatsoever, you are entitled to a 30 day money back guarantee. No questions asked.

The course will be upgraded regularly and students' feedback will be considered for further updates.

WHAT'S IN THE COURSE?

1 To start with 10 sections and 20 lectures / more than 20 hours of content according to your own navigation and needs

2 You will be able to navigate the GOETHE Website and DEUTSCHE WELLE and bookmark the relevant sites of your choice

3 You will be able to participate in forums with likeminded students of German

4 You will be able to find partners for mail exchange in both German and English

5 You will be able to find partners for SKYPE sessions to practise and improve your German

6 This course will be upgraded and extended / more to come.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

1 Normal computer skills and access to the internet

2 A minimum of 2 to 3 hours per week to boost your German

3 A high degree of self motivation

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

1 This course is designed for students of German worldwide who have already achieved an intermediate knowledge of the target language.

2 This course is NOT a language course.

3 This course is highly suitable for teachers of German worldwide who want to feel more confident in front of their language classes.

What are the requirements?

  • they must have achieved an intermediate level of German which is (lower) B 1 according to the Common European Framework (CEF).
  • general computer skills including web research and common knowledge how to use a PC or Laptop.
  • online access.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • master their use of the German language efficiently in understanding, speaking, reading and writing.
  • feel confident to join conversations in the target language and understand native speakers of the target language German.
  • be able to understand advanced and difficult videos, audios and written texts of the target language.
  • be able to write their own informed texts related to topics they have chosen.

What is the target audience?

  • motivated adult learners with intermediate knowledge of German from previous courses.
  • students of German worldwide who want to boost and master their language skills.
  • beginning teachers of German worldwide
  • teachers of German worldwide who want to boost their language skills
  • NOT for students who expect a language course. This course is about self motivation and autonomous online learning on a rather intermediate level.
  • the time frame is absolutely the learners' choice from 2 to 3 years and longer.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction - Motivation and adult learning concepts
01:29

Who am I and introduction into my course.

Article

Introduction of myself being the coach of the students

My professional background and my motivation as a coach including my expectations.

Section 2: Portale Goethe und Deutsche Welle - Deutsch lernen online
02:30

Navigating students through two known German portals: The Goethe - Institut based in Munich and Deutsche Welle, which has a long tradition of broadcasting radio, TV and online as well. Great for general NEWS and Landeskunde / German point of views. The Deutsche Welle has its own TV channels worldwide, however the archive and online portal is excellent for Learning German / reports and features from a German point of view. The more you know about the subject the more you will like this website for Learning German. Check out the Online courses first as they are all free.

7 pages

There is a general video introduction first. You might wish to skip this and download slides and audio.

The presentation can be downloaded and is read to the students - to get into this course I would suggest combinig reading the slides while listening to my audio. This method is essential for the speed and success of your learning curve and may be applied at all times. The more difficult the chosen text the more necessary the audio supporting your reading. Later students can choose between reading and audio, not doing both at the same time.

7 pages

These 7 slides navigate through the resources of Deutsche Welle >> Learning German. After this module students will be able to overview all the courses and resources and bookmark sites they are interested in. Free resources are available via Itunes and will be constantly updated. This includes audio and video for listening and viewing comprehension and more.

Section 3: SPIEGEL online - Authentic texts, Audio and Video resources
03:14

In this section I will navigate you through videos and other authentic resources to boost your comprehension of German.

3 pages

This section makes use of the well known weekly SPIEGEL magazine. As there is an International English version, students can work on authentic resources and articles they choose because they want to explore topics and issues and widen their knowledge of thematic fields. With this background they will work on German resources of their choice. Recommended are videos and texts which are not too long to be able to comprehend fast and afterwards make use of the new language bits and peaces acquired.

Section 4: Projekt Gutenberg - Buecher und literarische Texte online lesen
04:25

Watch the video first and then navigate through the LINKS given. One shorter text per week would be a good start. Find texts / books you like to study / read and work on. Share the results of your work with other learners according to interest and need. You may use any platform you find on the web. A good start is the MY Goethe LINK and registration. SKYPE sessions to speak about texts you have worked on are highly recommended. Feedback is welcome and I will publish more on this site within this UDEMY course.

Projekt Gutenberg | Reading books and literature online
7 pages
Section 5: Der Roman "Jahrestage" von Uwe Johnson
04:02

I will later write more about the author and his works. "Jahrestage" is an outstanding peace of modern German literature and can only be compared with writers like Bertolt Brecht, Heinrich Boell and Guenter Grass among others.

2 pages

Students get to know a project of the UWE JOHNSON GESELLSCHAFT: "Jahrestage" - One audio chapter per day.

Section 6: Master your communication skills
05:59

Students are encouraged to find a partner on forums and discuss texts of their own choice via Skype. Examples how to structure their discussions are suggested.

Speaking strategies - PDF sprechen
2 pages
Section 7: Reading strategies - 3 Videos and slides
Reading strategies - 3 videos and slides
01:26
Reading strategies - PDF lesen
3 pages
Writing skills - die Kunst des Schreibens
04:20
Section 8: Master your vocabulary - Wortschatzarbeit
Master your vocabulary - video introduction
06:28
1 page

Diese PDF fasst alle Bereiche zusammen, welche Redemittel zu erstellen und zu lernen sind. Lege dir eine uebersichtliche Sammlung zu jeder Funktion an und notiere dazu alles, was dir wichtig ist. Beispiele findest du in der taeglichem und woechentlichen Arbeit: Alles aufschreiben und notieren, was dir gefaellt, besonders idiomatische Wendungen.

Section 9: Master your grammar of German.
03:14

English introduction

Overview Grammar System PDF
1 page
Section 10: Selected texts and poems - examples
01:14

2 Examples - working on poems: TRAKL and GOETHE.

Possible TASK: Enjoy this poem. Find 3 - 5 of your own choice. Translate them into your mother tongue. Learn the German poem by heart and record them. Listen to your interpretation and impress your audiences when appropriate.


02:54

This audio is an example how to work on English translations and compare them with the German original - Hesse Siddhartha opening chapter.

Section 11: Summary - Ausblick
06:04

Looking back on the course and looking ahead. Language and culture - explaing the PDF Culture.

1 page

How to work with mindmaps - example

Students are encouraged to produce mindmaps according to their choice and practise speaking in front of an audience. They can record their voice for practisee purposes and then speak live in various contexts in the target language.

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Instructor Biography

Born in 1949 north of Hamburg, Germany, I have worked as a teacher of English and German for more than 35 years and lived in Kiel, Berlin, Windhoek (Namibia) and Brisbane (QLD, Australia) and last not least in a small town between Hamburg and Berlin until mid 2012. Over the last few years I have published blogs which focus on life skills for adult learners and young students from 18 years on. My blogs are related to education and autonomous learning beyond the classroom. It is my intention to help students training themselves in thinking clearly, writing regularly and improving general life and learning skills to become successful and happy people.

I love reading myself, not only printed literature (books), but also digital publications. My first course on UDEMY is "Master your German" online - which I believe is a masterplan of learning German, my mothertongue. I base my course on an adult learning concept which I introduce in the beginning.

The target group of my course are advanced students of German worldwide - especially young teachers of German.

My experience as the "German Language Adviser for QLD, Australia" (7 years) allows me to draw on many face to face and hands on experience plus feedback from the QLD teachers of Australia. I was a member of the Goethe - Institut Team in Australia.

My sincere thank you to all my students and clients for their valued feedback between 1998 and 2005.

Yours

Peter H Bloecker

Burleigh Waters, QLD

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