Comfortable German 1: Summer 2017


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This is a German class the likes of which you've never experienced before. The three pillars of this online German class are comfort, competencies--not curriculum! and community.

Comfortable German 1 is for you if you've never learned German before but want to, if you've tried it and want to start over again, or if you have forgotten all your German from school. We're working on the basics to create you a solid foundation of sentence structure & vocabulary.

If you want to learn German in a comfortable way, this course is for you! So bring your coffee, snuggle up in your slippers, and learn some German!

Comfortable German 1 will run Wednesday evenings June 7 - August 30, 2017:

5 pm Pacific / 6 pm Mountain / 7 pm Central / 8 pm Eastern

Register below by Friday, May 26!



Will I feel comfortable?

Comfortable German 1 is designed to create comfort for you as it’s an intro class for beginners. The class will have an easy pace and clear instructions. It’s short, with 12 sessions over 13 weeks and participation is limited to 8 participants.

If you can write emails, use a word processor, and use an electronic calendar, you have the technological know-how to use the online classroom. It’s easy-to-use and state-of-the-art and I’m there to help you every step of the way.

After each of the 12 sessions you’ll receive an email with the whiteboard(s) from that day and the homework. You could spend anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours on the homework during the week and that would be perfect.

Here's an example whiteboard that you would get in your weekly email:

Whiteboard Example

If you have any questions to the Hausaufgaben (homework) during the week, simply email me and I'll answer your questions.


Why competencies and not curriculum?

This is a completely different way of learning. We will begin at the beginning of the book and work by topic. This means we will work through what we can based on your learning needs and the speed of the group together. We won’t be cramming in a specific amount of material, just to “get through it.”repeat daily hi

Curriculum-based learning is probably what you're used to. You register for a class and the plan is laid out for you. Week 1 covers topics A and B, Week 2 covers topics B and C, etc. Curriculum-based learning moves along quickly whether you've learned the material or not.

This is the opposite of curriculum-based learning.

We will "loop" the material: we'll start with topic A, repeat topic A and move to topic B. We'll learn topic B, repeat A, B, and start C. This way you see how it fits together and you get the repetition you need to feel more comfortable.

You'll be using a short, intro-to-German book that’s just 5 chapters long and covers the following topics:

Chapter 1: Greetings, the alphabet, ordering a beverage in a café

Chapter 2: Countries, saying where you are from, numbers, addresses & phone numbers

Chapter 3: Shopping, food in the supermarket, prices

Chapter 4: Family, jobs/careers, conversations

Chapter 5: Places in the city, activities, time

The book is the textbook and workbook in one and it comes with pre-made flashcards and an audio CD. It’s included in the course tuition.


Will I have a sense of community?

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Yes! The benefit of working in a small group is immense. You get to know your classmates, you are learning the same things at the same time, and you get to help and support one another. This makes a huge difference--knowing you're right there with everybody else. And having loads of fun!

We’ll have class time together and pair/small group work as I can send you into breakout rooms to do work in pairs. We’ll rotate pairs so you get to work with each person in the class. Every learner brings unique skills and strengths and weaknesses with them, thus it’s important to change it up and see what we can learn from one another!

And for those of you who are more introverted, rest assured that you don’t have to share everything about yourself, you may always make up an answer. Say you’re 1 meter 56 cm tall when you’re actually 2 meters tall. Say you have green eyes and purple hair—it all counts!


What's included in my tuition?

  • Complete tuition
  • Text-/workbook with paper flashcards & audio CD
  • Electronic flashcards & support from Nicole
  • An email after every session with the whiteboards, which pages we covered, and the homework for the week.
  • Email support for questions between classes
  • Welcome packet with tailor-made worksheets
  • ...and a few surprises!


Comfortable German 1 will run Wednesday evenings June 7 - August 30, 2017:

5 pm Pacific / 6 pm Mountain / 7 pm Central / 8 pm Eastern

All-inclusive tuition: USD $315 per person.

The book is included, shipping is included, the online classroom is included, everything is included.

There are no further fees, no other costs, no surprises. As it should be!


** You will be required to use either earbuds with a microphone or a headset for this class. If you need a headset, I can make a recommendation.


Are there any special offers?

Special offer: Bring a friend and you both save $20!

If you and a friend have been trying to find a new activity to do together, this is a wonderful way to get started. That's why, when you and a friend register together, you both save $20!


Giving it away? You may gift the class to a friend or loved one! If so, please write that in the class registration below.


What's the fine print?

All courses will be invoiced via email. Payments may be made through PayPal or by check drawn on US funds. Payments made late will be assessed a $25 late fee. No refunds will be made after the invoice due date. Should you withdraw from the class, you may gift your spot to someone else, however no refunds will be made.

Registration closes Friday, May 26th and all tuition payments are due May 31, 2017.

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