Blended Learning
New York

Questions?

Contact us at germancourses-newyork@goethe.de for more information.

Your goal

Do you want to learn German and have high standards and expectations, but only have a limited amount of time? Are you used to learning on a computer, but don’t want to miss out on the advantages of a face-to-face classroom environment? Would you like to have greater flexibility to choose learning times that work for you?

Dates and Prices

What is blended learning? Why do these courses only meet for 90 minutes a week?

You will learn just as much in a blended learning course as in one our fully face-to-face courses. The three hours a week of learning is divided into two parts:
  1. 90 minutes a week of live group classes
  2. 90 minutes of independent online learning

What is independent online learning?

50% of a blended learning course consists of independent online learning.

You will have access to our online platform, where you will find the online portion of the course. This section of online learning includes engaging learning activities, online flash cards to study vocabulary, and summary sheets of all important grammatical structures and phrases you will encounter. 

Your instructor will assign weekly exercises intended to be completed at your own pace within a given week. These exercises will prepare you for your online live sessions in which you will meet with your class. 

Most online activities will involve working individually, but will also include interactive tasks where you will engage with the entire learning group. These group activities may include posting about your hobbies, interests or upcoming events while also engaging with classmates by leaving comments on their posts. 

How long is a blended learning course?

Standard blended courses are 10 weeks. Intensive blended courses are 5 weeks.

How many students will be in my course?

Your course will have 6-16 students.

Can I sit in on a class to see if blended learning is right for me?

Yes! We will periodically be holding free trial classes. Registration and a language proficiency assessment are required to participate - please contact germancourses-newyork@goethe.de to get started.

Course Requirements

  • A Windows or Mac desktop or laptop computer. We do not recommend using tablets, cell phones, or other mobile devices for this course.
  • A dedicated headset (headphones and microphone). If you use the built-in speakers and microphone on your laptop, you and other students in your class may experience an undesirable echo effect.
  • Please don't login via the browser, but download the free Adobe Connect application before you join an online live session. (Your online tutor will send you the link.)
All required course materials for your blended learning course will be made available online free of charge for the Spring 2020 term.

Spring 2020 and COVID-19

Standard 10-week courses will be held from April 13 to June 22.

Intensive 5-week courses will be held from April 13 to May 14, and from May 18 to June 18.
All live classes will be held online with Adobe Connect, which you can use for free as a download.

If the situation in New York sufficiently improves before the end of the spring 2020 term, your live classes will move back to being held at the Goethe-Institut New York for the remainder of the course.

Need help with logging into your class? Please watch the following instructional video.

 
For the spring 2020 term only, you may withdraw from your blended course for a full refund up until the end of the second week of the course (for standard 10-week courses) or until the end of the first week of the course (for intensive 5-week courses). After this period, all bookings are final.

Read What Our Students Have to Say

I took several blended classes at the Goethe-Institut because, like most New Yorkers, I can't commit to a 3 hour class every week. So instead, I'd come 1.5h in person and get to exchange with my classmates in class once a week and also get useful explanations from the teacher about grammar or conjugation points, etc. At home, I'd continue with my German learning, online, through the Goethe-Institut platform. The online platform is great because it gives you the flexibility to work from home or at the office, at a convenient time. Also it is very interactive and the online phase always offers opportunities to interact with other classmates. - Edith, B1.2, Winter 2019

The format of the blended classes are excellent. I really like how we learn some new material on our own before class, and then review what we've done at home at the beginning of the next class. It makes for really effective learning, and really efficient too -- everyone comes somewhat prepared, so that we can practice speaking a lot more!  - A1.3 Student, Winter 2019