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shwetad 06.07.2009 12:03

Anyone tried Goethe Institute distance learning Course?
 
Hello,


Has anyone on the forum did Goethe institute’s distance learning German course?

http://www.goethe.de/lrn/prj/fnu/dln/onl/elr/enindex.htm

I am looking to join German language course and obivious advantage with this, is doing with own pace and timings.

It will be very useful if you share your experiences with it,

Thanks

quokka star 18.07.2010 19:25

Re: Anyone tried Goethe Institute distance learning Course?
 
Hi!

Same question from me too . . . ! :msngrin:

I wonder if anyone out there can help, please?

I am considering taking a Goethe Institut distance learning course, probably ‘Start Deutsch 2’ or ‘Zertifikat Deutsch’. Has anyone studied these courses, or indeed any distance learning course from the Institut?
If you have, can you recommend them? What level do you think they are pitched at? (Not what the Institut thinks). What course materials are there? What is the support like? Is it worth the effort and money?

An alternative is the Open University ‘Auftakt’ course – could anyone stretch to making a comparison between the two!?

Thank you all very much
Kind Regards

TheCatintheHat 18.07.2010 19:50

Re: Anyone tried Goethe Institute distance learning Course?
 
HI,
I am in it now, and I am not very impressed to be honest. Basically I was sent a series of ten worksheet packets in the mail. Outside of the written essays I simply check my own work in the back of the book and then record the points correct on a cumulative sheet at the end of the packet. When it is complete I send it for teacher correction and I receive feedback and tips. For the price, I could have bought a workbook and a few lessons with a private teacher who would also hear me speak and correct me. The workbook is good, but if I'm doing all of the work myself anyway, and only getting say an hour worth of someone's time to help me out, I could just as well have paid the private tutor. The feedback is good, and professional, but the course design is not very impressive.
Best,
Where2

DPK 19.07.2010 15:17

Re: Anyone tried Goethe Institute distance learning Course?
 
I was also looking to join something like that after my A2 level at migros klubschule...But not sure what where to go for further language working..

33foxglove 19.07.2010 16:56

Re: Anyone tried Goethe Institute distance learning Course?
 
I took the beginners class at the Goethe Institute in Vancouver before I came here. Personally I didn't like the way the curriculum was designed.

For distance learning I just started the live mocha program online and I really quite like it. I've received good feedback from tutors in both written and audio format. It's a good price at only $40.00 for 6 months and its a fairly well designed learning program. You can try one free lesson and then I think you can buy it for $9.99 for a month.

http://www.livemocha.com/

Alice K 20.07.2010 12:44

Re: Anyone tried Goethe Institute distance learning Course?
 
Not done any Goethe Institute courses, but have done Level 1 and 2 of the OU courses. They are Ok, I didn't think they were great, I did it a couple of years ago and the course materials were really out of date (prices still in DMs in the texts).But they may have updated them now...
It is quite a difficult way to learn a language though - I found the lack of meeting other people difficult - you have to be very self motivated.
But the courses had a nice mix of written and spoken assignments, and overall it wasn't bad, though saying that I haven't gone on to do the final course. I've been a bit put off by the overseas fees.
Alice

Zaswi 20.07.2010 12:54

Anyone tried Goethe Institute distance learning Course?
 
Interesting, I would like to do that too. Did my GCE's by distance learning. All I can say is you need discipline, if you don't have any, don't even try.

Zaswi 20.07.2010 12:58

Anyone tried Goethe Institute distance learning Course?
 
On second thought I wouldn't recommend German by distance learning. You need to speak as well. Alone it's not easy. If you just need the theory it's ok.

quokka star 26.07.2010 19:32

Re: Anyone tried Goethe Institute distance learning Course?
 
Thank you all who have been kind enough to reply to my enquiry. Your comments have been very helpful indeed. All I need to do now is make a decision!!

Thanks again for your time :)

Kind Regards

tintin 27.07.2010 12:28

Re: Anyone tried Goethe Institute distance learning Course?
 
I did the C1 Intensive course in ZHAW for almost 4 months. And I would say it was good because I was able to speak and interact and practice the language with others and especially with the teacher.

When I arrived here, I did enroll in Migros for the Basics A2 but after 2 months I realized that my I'm quite fast than others, so I thought I would get a private tutor, which I did. I started in November 2006 which is only 2/month, which means 3 hrs /month. And the rest I practiced with my husband and communicating daily with people.

So, when I did the intensive course it was quite easy

I wouldn't recommend the distance learning. With German, you need to practice speaking and also interact with other people. And that's how you're going to learn

Good luck

chaot 19.09.2010 12:20

Re: Anyone tried Goethe Institute distance learning Course?
 
The distance courses from the Goethe Institut have a really good reputation, it is possible to learn with this method with strong success.
I know a German who paid this course for his wife(she is from Russia and passed meanwhile C1)



If somenone is fluent (C1 or better C2) I would recommend
the German courses from www.akad.ch, or www.akad.de

olympe 19.09.2010 13:30

Re: Anyone tried Goethe Institute distance learning Course?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by chaot (Post 949539)
The distance courses from the Goethe Institut have a really good reputation, it is possible to learn with this method with strong success.
I know a German who paid this course for his wife(she is from Russia and passed meanwhile C1)



If somenone is fluent (C1 or better C2) I would recommend
the German courses from www.akad.ch, or www.akad.de

I just have one question :How do you practice your speaking skills when it's long distance ?

I'm enrolled on a self study course ( mainly use of a labaratory) and it's not good at all. It was good to review my knowledge up tp B1 but now I want to continue to B2 I'm stuck. They do have some speaking sessions but it is of course in the evening when I'm not free. Now I want to check this goethe online. In 2005 i passed the Geothe Zertifikat but I had done an intensive course at a VHS in Germany.

chaot 19.09.2010 14:07

Re: Anyone tried Goethe Institute distance learning Course?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by olympe (Post 949575)
I just have one question :How do you practice your speaking skills when it's long distance ?

I'm enrolled on a self study course ( mainly use of a labaratory) and it's not good at all. It was good to review my knowledge up tp B1 but now I want to continue to B2 I'm stuck. They do have some speaking sessions but it is of course in the evening when I'm not free. Now I want to check this goethe online. In 2005 i passed the Geothe Zertifikat but I had done an intensive course at a VHS in Germany.


I see you are French, right ?

My best idea is distance training in Belgium for German(from French).
The teacher supports you with skype, means you speak in German
to the teacher with SKPE:

Not more than 30 Euro , it is very cheap but has a good reputation , also in Germany for learning French:)

For you the best, I think.

http://www.ead.cfwb.be/index.php?id=...ues_etrangeres

RebeccaLK 23.10.2018 15:52

Re: Anyone tried Goethe Institute distance learning Course?
 
Yes, I did. I did a B1.1 course through the Chicago (USA) online course.



Overall, it was good. We did our work online and the software corrects as you go; so e.g., if you want to see if you understand a question/type of grammar to use in the answer, you can do one and click the "grade" button, and you'll see immediately.


I didn't love having my grammar taught online--I ended up copying and pasting all the explanations into a document for my future reference. I also found some of the exercises--not vigorous; seemed a little flittery.


On the plus side, there are extra grammar exercises you can do on any topic covered.


Also, we met once a month online (Skype-type software) for a 1 1/2 hour group session with a teacher who was nice. Overall, I liked the group sessions--finally a chance to talk and listen to real people. But many people had technical difficulties or would log on right at the top of the hour, and thus with difficulties wouldn't get into the system for 10+ minutes; but once we discussed this issue, people started logging on earlier so they were ready. Other drawback--teacher explained grammar that, if you had done the homework for the month, was obvious; I would recommend a quick quiz at the beginning/day before, so the teacher can see the knowledge level of the students. Of course, many people didn't complete the homework and thus I guess would have done poorly on the "quizzes".


Still, if it's the best option for you logistically, then go for it--it wasn't a bad option.

Spinal 09.10.2019 15:41

Re: Anyone tried Goethe Institute distance learning Course?
 
Resurrecting a very old thread...

Has anyone tried the online course since? Thinking of changing from GOI.

AnyaSri 09.10.2019 16:10

Re: Anyone tried Goethe Institute distance learning Course?
 
I am contemplating following the B2.1 online course at Goethe, therefore I would appreciate any feedback from anyone who has followed it please. :)

Cider Woman 09.10.2019 21:25

Re: Anyone tried Goethe Institute distance learning Course?
 
I am just about to start with FutureLearn, They have four work-related courses and you can do them for free.

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/german-1

No idea how good they are, unforunately, as the first one starts on Monday.

Spinal 10.10.2019 09:16

Re: Anyone tried Goethe Institute distance learning Course?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Cider Woman (Post 3107907)
I am just about to start with FutureLearn, They have four work-related courses and you can do them for free.

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/german-1

No idea how good they are, unforunately, as the first one starts on Monday.

I've signed up, but I seem to feel (based on the calendar invite) that that course is based on recorded sessions...

I've emailed Goethe to ask how many sessions with the tutors there are and how long these are... As if it's "just" a course with online modules and little/minimal human interaction (over skype or similar) then it's of limited value for me....

Cider Woman 12.10.2019 17:58

Re: Anyone tried Goethe Institute distance learning Course?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Spinal (Post 3107976)
I've signed up, but I seem to feel (based on the calendar invite) that that course is based on recorded sessions...

I don't think you can expect too much for nil money, to be honest. However, the structure and the lessons will help me learn more vocabulary and, hopefully, push me on a bit further with work-related German.

Rico09 23.10.2019 10:04

Re: Anyone tried Goethe Institute distance learning Course?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by AnyaSri (Post 3107801)
I am contemplating following the B2.1 online course at Goethe, therefore I would appreciate any feedback from anyone who has followed it please. :)

I did the A2 course online and disliked it immensely. Maybe it was because I have a MacBook but the recordings frequently didn’t work and the material was too easy for me to complete. By the latter comment, I mean the way to practice was just too easy and I got questions correct without really learning deeply. I think something online like this needs to be supplemented with more dialogue with an actual instructor.


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