Key traits of an education programme to successfully learn German online? How do we make sure that our students improve their speaking, writing and listening skills simultaneously while mastering grammar and vocabulary?
DAS Akademie is widely regarded for its successful German courses. Many traits that apply to our regular classroom lessons also hold true for learning German online. For instance, extensive knowledge of the subject matter, proper use of chunking to make it easier for the students to understand and apply new skills, and incorporating concepts and new ideas to already existing mental framework (also referred to as assimilation).
At DAS Akademie, we focus on three additional skills that have moved into a more central role of teaching methodology with the rise of online courses.
Learn German through immersion
The single biggest advantage of online learning over the regular classroom experience is that almost all senses can be activated through the use of digital media. It is true that smart boards and projectors brought digital media into the classroom but in an online setting they can be used to much greater effect. Through the correct use of theses tools, we give every individual student the feeling of immersion into the German language. In fact, instructors with more advanced knowledge of the tools available to them in the digital world have a clear advantage over others. As a result, their lessons will be more interactive, engaging, and motivating to the students. And motivation is even more important in online classes as learner fatigue is a real danger to the students’ attention and progression.
Everyone has experienced and probably still remembers a lesson during which focusing on what the teacher said was difficult. Unlike in a classroom, where the teacher can see what all the students are doing, we don’t see during online lessons what is happening on the participants’ screens. For all we know, they may be playing solitaire, making dinner plans or looking up the latest fashion developments. Keeping our lessons interactive and engaging through the use of the various tools at our disposal is even more critical to ensure that no student falls behind.
Effective Classroom Management
You cannot learn German without stimulation. Classroom management is a vital skill in the teacher’s tool kit that, when used successfully, transforms a mediocre German lesson to an experience that makes students want to come back. We pick German teachers who have a natural presence and an uncanny ability to manage their students. In addition, our teachers constantly improve their abilities through regular training. In an online setting, it is important to quickly realise the students’ progression, focus, and engagement.
Learn German with well-prepared Online Lessons
A well-prepared online German lesson has to be more meticulously planned than in a regular class room but also allow for enough flexibility to support struggling students and at the same time promote the stronger learners. “Reading” our students throughout the ongoing lesson and interfering accordingly improve the students’ experience and progress as they learn German. E-learning platforms like MintiCity give teachers yet another tool to teach differentiatedly according to the learner’s individual and collective progression and add variety to the lesson format.
Shaping the Future of German Language Education
Is learning online the future of language education or is it just a temporary measure? The jury is still out but one thing is for sure – the skills and experience obtained by teaching online can invariably be used in a regular setting as well and thus leads to a better learning experience for our students. Why else do we teach if not to help others learn the best way we can?
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