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What You Should Already Know

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

As you progress through the course, you will be expected to reach a Novice Low proficiency benchmark according to the 2012 Proficiency Guidelines of ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). You will demonstrate the four proficiency skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) through speaking appointments, writing assignments, and unit quizzes.

Novice Low Reading: Students can recognize a limited number of characters or letters, occasionally able to identify high frequency words and or phrases when strongly supported by context.

Novice Low Writing: Students copy or transcribe words; learn the umlauts (ü, ö, ä) or esszet (ß); reproduce from memory a limited set of isolated words or phrases.

Novice Low Speaking: Students, given adequate time, are able to exchange greetings, give their identity, and name a number of familiar objects from their immediate environment.

Novice Low Listening: Students occasionally recognize isolated words or very high frequency phrases when strongly supported by context; they show virtually no comprehension even within the most basic personal contexts.

Course Materials

You will not need to buy a book for the class—everything is available through the course. You will learn German through active participation in a variety of activities. Our goal is for you to work on many different aspects of German, including integrated skills such as reading, writing, speaking, and listening, as well as isolated skills such as vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, and cultural competence. To successfully complete this course, you will need the following:

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This course includes an orientation. You must pass the orientation quiz with 100 percent before you continue in the course. There is a course discussion board at the end of the course, as well as a course wiki. The discussion board is designed for students to connect, discuss course-related matters, and share ideas with each other. The wiki is designed for the instructor to post information that may provide enrichment or to post relevant information for the course.


Self-checks prepare you for lesson quizzes and help you check your understanding of material that has been taught. You may complete these assessments as many times as you like. They are not a part of your final grade, but you must pass the self-checks with at least a 90 percent in order to take the unit quizzes.


Reflections give you the opportunity to reflect on the culture of the language and on language learning in general. You receive credit for completing the assignment.

Writing Assignments

In each unit, you will be asked to complete a writing assignment that will let you show how well you have mastered new vocabulary, topics, and phrases. For these assignments you will email an imaginary pen-pal named Mia, and she will respond. Additionally, you will have a midterm writing assignment that will include a draft and a final.

Conversation Café

The Conversation Café is a virtual (online) room where required conversation practice and speaking appointments take place. Spend as much time as possible in the Café, practicing the concepts you learn.

Speaking Appointments

Speaking appointments are graded oral assessments. A speaking appointment is a required part of every unit and must be completed before you can take the unit quiz or the speaking appointment in the next unit.

Speaking appointments with the instructor are different:

The following information applies to all speaking appointments:

Unit Quizzes

This course includes unit quizzes on vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation. They are computer-graded. They are open-book and are designed to measure your skill in using the vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation in question.


The midterm is like the unit quizzes, but it covers the material from units 1–4. The midterm makes up part of your final exam grade.

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Your final speaking appointment will be in the same format as the other speaking assignments in the course and must be completed and passed with at least a 60 percent before you request your final exam. This is not a traditional speaking appointment; therefore, you cannot drop your score for this speaking appointment. No notes are allowed on the final speaking appointment.

The final exam is a multiple-choice, proctored test that will cover the same material found in units 1–6. If you study the course material and the assignments, you should be adequately prepared for the test. Both parts of the final exam (speaking and written) can be retaken once for a fee. You must pass separately both the oral and the written portion of the final exam with at least a 60 percent in order to pass the course.

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These items will count toward your course grade:

Self-Checks 0%
Writing Assignments 20%
Reflections 5%
Speaking Appointments 30%
Unit Quizzes 25%
Midterm and Final Speaking Appointments and Final Exam 20%

Grading Scale

Your course grade will be determined based on these percentages:

A 100–93%
A− 92–90%
B+ 89–87%
B 86–83%
B− 82–80%
C+ 79–77%
C 76–73%
C− 72–70%
D+ 69–67%
D 66–63%
D− 62–60%
E (fail) 59–0%

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Inappropriate Use of Course Content

All course materials (e.g., outlines, handouts, syllabi, exams, quizzes, media, lecture content, audio and video recordings, etc.) are proprietary. Students are prohibited from posting or selling any such course materials without the express written permission of BYU Independent Study. To do so is a violation of the Brigham Young University Honor Code.

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Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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Accessibility Notice

BYU is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to participate in BYU's programs and activities. In this spirit, BYU Independent Study aspires to improve web accessibility for users. While not required by law, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Levels A and AA provide a wide range of helpful recommendations to make Web content more accessible. BYU Independent Study strives to apply WCAG 2.0 recommendations where feasible, but may deviate from any recommendations that would result in an undue hardship to BYU Independent Study or alterations to program and course content and objectives. If you have questions about accessibility, or if you need to report problems with any accessibility features please see our Accessibilities and Accommodations Web Page.

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Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.


8 writing assignments, 7 reflections (1 in discussion board form), 7 speaking appointments (must complete in order; cannot complete more than 1 a day), 6 unit quizzes, 1 midterm and 1 extra credit culture activity. No resubmissions. You must complete all graded items before you can receive your final course grade.


1 final speaking appointment (may retake once for a fee; no-shows count as attempts and are given zeros), and 1 proctored, computer-graded final exam (may retake once for a fee). To pass the course, you must pass both the final speaking appointment and the final exam with at least a 60 percent on each.

Course Duration

Because of the nature of some assignments, you will not be able to complete this course in less than 2 months. You may only complete one speaking appointment per day. No exceptions. You have 1 year to complete this course, but if you need more than a year, you may purchase one 3-month extension.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is defined as the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one’s own original work. This may also include when a student copies and pastes directly from another source and passes it off as his or her own, copies computer-generated text from a translation tool and uses it as his or her own, or fails to cite a source after loosely summarizing its content in his or her own words. As determined by your instructor or the BYU Independent Study administration, if evidence of academic misconduct on assignments or exams is established, one of the two following consequences will apply to each incidence:

First Offense of Plagiarism

  1. You will fail the unit and be allowed the opportunity to resubmit the unit (or)
  2. You will fail the unit and be denied the opportunity to resubmit the unit

Second Offense of Plagiarism

  1. You will fail the unit and fail the class (or)
  2. You will fail the unit, fail the class, and may be ineligible to enroll in a specific course or any of our courses without going through an appeals process which will determine the severity of your plagiarism

University Policy - Title IX Statement

Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at t9coordinator@byu.edu or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at https://titleix.byu.edu/report or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at http://titleix.byu.edu or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.