Getting started in German


I'm not going to send any specific assignments yet because  I still have several students who haven't contacted  me.  This weekend I will put together a group mailing list so that I can send information to everyone at once instead of a eight or ten individual messages. I hope to start sending instructional information by Monday.

Nevertheless ... I will send you some links to explore, and you can start to become somewhat familiar with the materials I have put online for you.

First of all, you should make sure that you read my introductory statement about online language instruction at 


This page can also serve as the jumping off spot for your German class needs since it contains links that lead you to just about everything I have online. Make sure that you check out the following:

GER 105 Syllabus -- The syllabus discusses, among other things, my expectations for the semester and my grading policy.

Plans, Assignments, and Exam Descriptions (Your first lesson will be Einführung A.)

Plans -- These are the study guides for each lesson and contain a variety of explanations and links to exercises, translations, and answer sheets. For this first semester, I will provide an audio tape that will essentially follow the Plan and pronounce most of the material that you will encounter in each lesson. Christine in 102 Hagener Science Center will have  the tapes available for you next week. 

Assignments -- For each lesson I will provide a specific list of assignments that I want you to send to me. These assignments are also discussed at the appropriate spots in the Plan.

Exam Descriptions -- For the most part, your exams will consist of a selection from your assignments. There should be few surprises. This Exam Description page will review for you the assignments that could reappear as exam pages.

Schedules -- I won't give you specific assignments for each day, but I will indicate the exercises that should be done during the first part of the week and those that should be sent in later in the week.  I try to give you some flexibility, but you should be submitting homework at least twice a week.   Spread your study out over the week and send me a few exercises at a time instead of cramming and sending a whole lesson at one time. 



You will send your homework assignments, questions, etc. to either of the following e-mail addresses:

german@westenskow.net or


Both addresses will send to the same account, the account in which I will have a folder to store homework and messages from each of you.

Most of you probably have questions about how you are supposed to send your homework to me. I have prepared a separate memo on that.  Homework Delivery.

I have also prepared a memo about my schedule and the best times for you to send your materials to me. My Schedule.

I will be corresponding with you on a regular basis, so you should be checking your e-mail daily.

Don't hesitate to contact me with your German questions and problems.

More later.

Dave Westenskow