Deutsch Interaktiv - Self-study Language Course

The Deutsch Interaktiv online German language course of Deutsche Welle is for everyone - no matter if you are just starting or already know some German. It is accessible to all and free of charge (with/without registration: Gastzugang).

The 30-part self-study German language course contains about 800 exercises with authentic German texts, audios and videos.

The course covers levels A1, A2 and B1 of the Common European Frame of References for Languages.

Language Skills

Within each exercise, you will be able to concentrate on individual language skills. The different skills are as follows:

  • Listening Comprehension (H)
  • Reading Comprehension (L)
  • Production (P)
  • Vocabulary (W)
  • Grammar (G)

The corresponding language skill symbol is shown with each exercise. This way, you can select exercises that correspond to your own individual learning goals.

Learning Strategy

The 30 units of this course cover levels A1, A2, and B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference, or about the level of Zertifikat Deutsch. It takes most people between 150 and 200 hours of study per level: i.e., between 450 and 600 hours to pass the Zertifikat Deutsch or level B1. Therefore, you should plan to invest an average of 15 hours per unit.

Some learning activities may take only a few minutes if you just go through the motions of clicking and getting things right. The important thing to remember is that these activities only provide the starting point for your learning. Actual learning takes place while you think about the activities, when you try to remember the words and sentences you used in the activities, when you listen to the same words and sentences over and over again, and when you try to pronounce these words and sentences as best you can.

Start learning every time with the vocabulary of the exercise. Another important thing to remember is that it takes a lot of repetition. You should review and redo activities, especially those that were a little harder at first and those that ask you to remember words and sentences.

If you have problems with grammar explanations, you can find in language skills "G" the topic of the grammar quickly and you can use a good bilingual grammar book of your own.

Planning Your Learning

When studying by yourself, it is especially important to make a study schedule, to make time every day to study, to set study goals, and to verify that you have reached these goals. Once you have got used to the set-up of the unit and the kinds of activities included in the program, make a schedule for the next seven days.

Set aside at least 30 minutes each day to review the activities you have completed in the unit and to finish the remaining activities. If you cannot study every day, try to study as often as you can. It is better to spend 15 minutes every day than 2 hours once a week.

When making up your schedule and later checking it, do not be surprised if your plan and reality do not correlate very well. As you gain experience in planning learning schedules for yourself and checking them, you will become much more skilled at setting reasonable goals as well as in achieving them.

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