KET German I 2016-2017


Course Objective

This course is designed to introduce and develop basic communication skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing the German language and to encourage an understanding for the cultures of the German-speaking countries. Through this study, students are expected to develop a greater respect and appreciation of the diversity of language and culture in a larger sense. The course uses a multimedia approach to accomplish these goals. German language students will:

The video lesson content of the course incorporates brief segments of the video series Treffpunkt Berlin that accompanies the Deutsch Aktuell 1 textbook program. These give students a realistic picture of the everyday lives of their German counterparts, in which the story line revolves around the lives of teenagers, and uses a soap-opera style. The action is set in the German capital of Berlin because of that city's growing reputation as the focal point of the international community. Assigned learning activities require the students to work independently and collaboratively to achieve basic communicative competence in both language and culture. Most of these activities will require the use of the Internet on a daily basis.

Three days a week, the teacher introduces and demonstrates new concepts, reviews materials, and elaborates on vital aspects of the German language and culture. Two times a week, students work in groups using a speaker phone, Skype, or videoconferencing from the web stie to interact with an assigned conversation tutor to practice and master their language skills.

Students will have the opportunity to improve their listening comprehenison skills via audio podcasts called Der Tutorcast. TV Tutor will also give students a chance to SEE their tutors via videocast. Students will collaborate on web platforms such as PBwiki, Voicethread, and StudiVZ, all of which offer excellent opportunities for language practice.

Block Schedule Opportunity German I is available in block format.
John Krueger
Kentucky Educational Television
600 Cooper Dr.
Lexington, KY 40502-2296
(800) 333-9764
or (859) 258-7131
FAX (859) 258-7390

John Krueger received his Bachelor of Arts from Eastern Kentucky University, his Master of Arts in Secondary Education from University of Kentucky, and in German from University of Massachusetts. He has many connections to Germany having worked and studied there for over five years. He is well familiar with the rich variety of geography and culture that Germany has to offer since he has had the experience of living in diverse regions within the country, in cities such as Berlin, Dresden, Freiburg, and Marburg. John has been teaching German in high school since 1995 and has been a strong proponent of cultural exchange programs between German and American schools.

Video Instructor Harold Hayes

Harold Hayes graduated from Kaiserslautern American High School in Germany and holds Business and German degrees from the University of Maryland European Division, as well as a Masters in German from the University of Kentucky. He was raised bilingual and spent most of his life in Germany. His love for teaching culture and history began in 1987 while leading American tour groups through various European countries. He has been teaching German since 1993 and began this career while living in Munich, Germany.

Producing Organization The Kentucky Educational Television Network and
Kentucky Department of Education
We recommend that students interested in enrolling in German exhibit these characteristics:
  1. demonstrate self-discipline, maturity and a willingness to accept the responsibility to work independently.
  2. demonstrate motivation and interest in learning another language.
Special Equipment Requirements
  • Internet World Wide Web access in the classroom. (See: KET Computer Equipment Requirement Chart.)
  • One Internet connected computer for every student.
  • Dedicated telephone line in the classroom.
  • Speaker phone and/or web camera/microphone for Skype or video conferencing through the web site. Students working independently will be expected to have use of headphones with attached mic during regular tutor lessons.
  • Browser access to Flash Player, RealMedia Player and/or Windows Media Player
Exams/Quizzes Tests are given approximately every three weeks. Tests cover reading, writing and listening comprehension and are administered during the video class. Cultural material is also tested. There is a comprehensive final which will count the same as an ordinary test. Students will be assigned three projects and writing assignments are completed on various web platforms. The conversation tutor will evaluate student oral proficiency. Students complete homework online and take daily online quizzes after viewing the video lesson.
Tests/Assessments 40%
Oral Performance (based on records of conversation tutors) 20%
Quizzes (consisting of daily online questions based on the videos) 15%
Classwork/Homework (consisting of daily online assignments) 15%
Learning Progress (consisting of online survey regarding pacing of progress in the course) 10%
Lesson Delivery The lessons are delivered streamed from the web site in Windows Media or RealMedia formats, or via a set of purchased DVDs ($100.00) or CDs ($50). Limited quantities of DVDs/CDs are available.
Class Size Because of tutoring, German I section size is limited. If you plan to have more than 12 students per section, please call John Krueger so he can help you work out the best plan for your students. Please consider that students in large classes may have difficulty reading the screen (if showing the video via television or smartboard) or taking notes, which are daily activities in the course.
Course Guides All student and facilitator guide information is posted online for 2016-2017.
Textbooks and Materials

One each of the following textbooks are required for each student:

  • Deutsch Aktuell 1, Student Text, EMC Publishing, Customer Service, 875 Montreal Way, St. Paul, MN 55102, Order Phone: 800.328.1452, FAX: 800.328.4564,,,
    (Fifth Edition) ISBN: #978-0-82192-537-9, may find used online
    OR (6th Edition) ISBN: #978-0-82195-205-4, may find used online
    OR (7th Edition) ISBN: #978-0-82198-076-7, Price: $81.95 educator price; individual price slightly higher
    OR (eBook 7th Edition, 1-year license) ISBN: #978-0-82198-080-4, Price: $19.95 educator price

One each of the following materials are required for each facilitator and classroom:

  • Deutsch Aktuell 1, Teacher Edition, EMC Publishing, Customer Service, 875 Montreal Way, St. Paul, MN 55102, Order Phone: 800.328.1452, FAX: 800.328.4564,,,
    (Fifth Edition) ISBN: #978-0-82192-536-2, may find used online
    OR (6th Edition) ISBN: #978-0-82195-449-2, may find used online
    OR (7th Edition) ISBN: #978-0-82198-077-4, Price: $90.95
Dual Credit Option

German I is available for dual credit through the MSU Early College program.

Tuition and Enrollment Forms If you are outside Kentucky: $450.00 per student for 1-9; $427.50 per student for 10 or more per course. Out-of-State Enrollment Form

If you are in Kentucky: $100.00 per student for 1-19; $50.00 per student for the 20th and above per course. Kentucky Enrollment Form



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