German I OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Undergraduate German Language Class

Published Feb 13, 2009

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) offers its 'German I' course as free OpenCourseWare. The original course, offered through the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department at MIT, teaches bachelor's degree students basic communication skills. This OpenCourseWare may benefit you whether you're pursuing an undergraduate major or minor in the German language, or just taking a German course to fulfill your foreign language requirement.

German I: Course Specifics

Degree Level Free Audio Video Downloads
Undergraduate Yes No No Yes

Lectures/Notes Study Materials Tests/Quizzes
No Yes Yes

German I: Course Description

Dr. Dagmar Jaeger was the professor for the original 'German I' lecture course at MIT. The course teaches students the fundamentals of the German language, including basic grammar and vocabulary. 'German I' students begin by learning basics like the alphabet and phonics, but by the end of the course they can participate in simple conversations and write short essays on everyday topics. Some students who enroll in this undergraduate class go on to earn B.S. degrees with majors or minors in German, while others take the class to meet MIT's foreign language requirement.

You'll find many of the 'German I' course materials online, including a practice quiz, homework assignments and sample student work. To start practicing German now, visit the introductory German course page.