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Frequently Asked Questions

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How many broadcasts are there in a school year?

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  • There will be 42 broadcasts for each course during the 1998-1999 school year.

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When are the broadcasts?

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  • Broadcasts will begin the end of August 1998 and run through May 1999.
  • German I is scheduled from 10:00am to 10:40am Central Time.
  • German II follows at 10:50am to 11:30am Central Time

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Do the broadcasts need to be watched live?

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  • The broadcast lessons are meant to be watched live, but may be recorded and viewed to fit the class schedules at subscribing schools.

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How are the broadcasts structured?

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  • Students are introduced to the fundamentals of all aspects of the German language (speaking, writing, reading, listening comprehension) and culture.
  • Each broadcast starts with a short preview of the lesson.
  • Previously presented material is reviewed and practiced with students.
  • New vocabulary and language structures are introduced and practiced with the students.
  • Students are encouraged to interact with the instructors by repeating and answering questions.
  • Students can also call in on the toll-free number for live interaction.

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How is students' attention kept during the broadcast?

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  • In order to keep student interest and motivation high, the broadcast lessons are interspersed every seven to nine minutes with authentic language video material.
  • These breaks add a dynamic feature to the class which keeps students' attention.
  • This material includes videotape filmed and produced by German by Satellite for the broadcasts as well as music videos and German-language commercials when appropriate.
  • The video material is coordinated with language or cultural topics discussed during the lesson.
  • Thus, the breaks not only help hold students' attention, but also reinforce the presented material.
  • Broadcast worksheets are also provided to encourage students to take notes during the broadcast lessons. .

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What happens on non-broadcast days?

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  • On non-broadcast days, students complete assignments using a variety of media: text and workbooks, cassettes, the internet, and software programs.
  • A toll-free number is available to students for answers to questions as well as individualized tutoring.

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Is homework assigned for non-broadcast days?

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  • Non-broadcast days during the school week have specific assignments which should be completed prior to the next broadcast.
  • To help the classroom teacher structure the non-broadcast days, a detailed outline with classroom and homework assignments is provided prior to the beginning of each chapter

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How are the students tested?

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  • Each chapter concludes with a test which evaluates the students' speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.
  • Portions of the test are graded on-site by the coordinator using a key provided.
  • Other portions are sent into German by Satellite for grading.
  • German by Satellite is also exploring the use of the internet for testing.
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