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Plan für FLIG1  Aufgabe 1 - Pronunciation practice, Vocabulary, Alphabet   Dauer [length]: 3 Weeks


 Daily Log Sheetprint off a copy of this sheet and record all your work times on here. This will help you and me know how hard or easy it is for your to learn and how consistently you are working.


There are three sets of materials which will be of great value to students who wish to start their study of the German language using primarily technologically based materials.


The first item will be used as a grammar reference book for English speaking students. This book will be referred to throughout the year for explanations of English grammar which is often not completely covered in our schools. A good understanding of English grammar is very helpful in understanding how German sentences are constructed and why certain structures and forms are used.

"English Grammar for Students of German" [ISBN: 0-934034-31-1] for about $20. Call 734-663-0235 or visit www.oliviahill.com to order.


The second item is a set of CD’s which will help you establish correct pronunciation and will teach you a variety of structures and vocabulary. I strongly recommend that a beginning student purchase the materials listed below and complete the eight lessons before proceeding to the other items. This material is only audio material, so other work in this course will help establish the student’s ability to read and write correctly in German.

"Pimsleur Quick & Simple German" [ISBN: 0-7435-1766-0] for about $20. Call 1-800-831-5497 or visit www.Pimsleur.com to order

[If it is feasible, I would also suggest that the beginning student purchase the complete set of thirty lessons in the first level program and work through those while completing this course.]


The third set of materials is another commercial German learning program. I recommend the packet of materials because it contains a good set of activities for practicing the connection between the written language and the sound of the language in the section entitled ‘Pronunciation’. Two other parts of this set of materials should be used throughout the year also. There is an extensive text reference section on German grammar that can be used in conjunction with the first item listed above, and there are ‘Simulated Conversations’ which provide good listening practice a bit later in this course.


Learn to Speak German” [ISBN:0-7630-6861-6] also for about $20. Call 1-800-779-6000 or visit www.learningco.com or www.broderbund.com to order - these materials are apparently currently out of print.



You will also need to obtain a set of computer programs for the German 1 course: Foreign Language Instruction – German Level 1. These programs contain a practice computer program and a test program and all the vocabulary and grammar computer practice exercises you will need for this year.  The materials cost $25 plus S/H and tax and can be obtained from Robert Morrey (email: rmorrey@pacbell.net). The user interface is very simple, but the content is excellent and has been used extremely successfully by many of Dr. Morrey's students.



1. Complete the eight lessons of the Pimsleur Quick & Simple German. You should do no more that one lesson per day and repeat any lesson one or more times if you are having difficulty with the material or want more practice. [8-16 days at 30 minutes per day].

I recommend that you do not go on to item 2 below until you have completed the entire 8 lessons.


2. Lies [read] die Papiere [papers]:  Pron. Guide Seite 3;  Pronunciation Guide, Pron. Guide Seite 2 [page]

(Note! It is best if you can find someone who knows German to help you with these pages.)

                2a. Start with Pron. Guide Seite 3. Print a copy of this sheet out and read over the first three columns, but do not attempt to say the words until you practice the other two pages first. Have this page in hand when you read the words on the first and second pages so that you can see how the examples are pronounced.

                2b. Go back to the third page and now practice saying the words.

                2c. The examples are available also on your computer program CD as audio files (you will need a .wav file player to hear the files below)

                                1 – PronPage1.wav or PronPage1.wma  is the Pronunciation Guide [Look in 'C:\German1\Pron' for these files after you install the

                                2 – PronPage2.wav or PronPage2.wma is the Pron.Guide Seite 2         German 1 computer programs on your hard drive]

                                3 – PronPage3.wav or PronPage3.wma is the Pron. Guide Seite 3

                                4 – PronPg16_7.wav or PronPg16_7.wma is further information about items 6 & 7 on page 1

3. Now keep the pronunciation pages close at hand and turn to the Learn to Speak German materials. Start with the pronunciation section. Refer to the pronunciation sheets to help you remember how to say the vowels and consonants. If you cannot purchase these materials, then you need to repeat the material in 2a-c several times and you learn the vocabulary items in 4 below.

                3a. First practice all the ABC’s. Say these with the computer voice and go through all the letters at least twice. Do this each day for as long as it takes until you can say the letter correctly before the computer voice says it. The come back and practice it (saying the letter before the computer voice) once a week for the next 6 weeks.

                3b. Next practice the Vowels and Vowel Combinations. Go through the entire set at least once and preferably twice for two days.

                3c. Then practice the Consonants and Consonant Combinations in the same manner for three days.

                3d. Repeat the same practice for the second week and then do 3b and 3c once a week for the next 6 weeks.

Note! There is a great deal of repetition here that is designed to help you establish the habit of using the German way of saying the letters that you see.


4. After you have completed items 1, 2, and practiced the items in 3 for a week, then you can begin to learn the first vocabulary lessons.

                4a. Print off each list, but work with one list at a time. Do the following activities to help you learn the vocabulary:

a. Read both the English and German word – say the German word aloud. Do this two times, and use the pronunciation guides in 2 to help you say the words aloud.

b. Use a card or your hand and cover up the English word; say the German word aloud and think what it means in English; repeat this process until you can say all the words in English.

c. Now place the card over the German word and look at the English word; say the German word aloud that corresponds with the English word and then check to see that you were correct; repeat this process until you can say and remember the German words correctly.

d. Use the computer program now. You can start with the multiple choice mode, but the real goal is to press ‘Enter’ and then practice spelling the words until you can do it correctly.

e. Finally, use the computer test program and take a test on the vocabulary list and print out the results – of course, you take the test without looking at any lists and without any kind of help. You will turn in this test as part of your grade for this Aufgabe.

f. Two days later come back and practice writing the words again and then once a week for two weeks practice them again, and then repeat them occasionally throughout the course.

                4b. Do the same process with the next two lists.


Note! When you complete steps a-e in item 4a, you should not do them in one sitting. Work for 20 minutes, do something else and then another 20 minutes, etc.. Also, it is better to do items a-c on one day, but then to do items c-d each day for two or three days. This process spreads the learning out over several days and helps create a stronger learning trace in your mind so that you will remember them better and longer.


Note 2! You can make ‘flash cards’ to help learn the words in steps a-c above. You write in the corner of the front side the lesson number and in the middle of the card you write the English word. On the back side you write the German word – spell carefully. Now when you practice items ‘b’ and ‘c’ above you can pull out the cards for the words you learn easily and just practice the harder ones more often.



5. Learn to say all the letters in the alphabet in German. Print out the Letter Practice Sheet and say the letters at the same time as you listen to the letter spoken in the Letter.wma file. 


Lern [Learn] Vocab Liste 01 und mach [do] dann [then] das Computerprogramm

[To ‘do the computer program’ you will use your computer practice materials. You should first use the program ‘Vocabulary and Grammar Drills’ to practice the material. The first program to practice is item number 1 ‘Vocabulary Level 1 – Lesson 1’. When you can type the words out correctly, then use the ‘Testmode’ and take a test on the items. Every time you take a test, you will test yourself on 20 items. You may take a test as many times as you like - without using any papers, books, or other help -, but you should print out your best score for your records and for the teacher.]


Lern Vocab Liste 02 und mach dann das Computerprogramm

Lern Vocab Liste 03 und mach dann das Computerprogramm


Listen to the vocabulary lists with these Windows Media files:  VocabList1VocabList2VocabList3.


6. Evaluation activities for this chapter will consist of the scores on the three computer tests (60 pts.), scores for reading the vocabulary words in the lists aloud with good pronunciation (10 pts./lesson), 20 points to be able to say all the letters in the alphabet in German, 20 points each for two Daily Log Sheets which show substantial daily work..


NOTE:   'Letter.wma' file and 'Letter Practice Sheet' are available in No 5 above.