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German 101 - Elementary German I - Heidi Esslinger

Course:Elementary German I
Professor:Heidi Esslinger
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • 16 Week



Mein Name ist Heidi Esslinger und ich unterrichte Deutsch am College of the Canyons. You are reading my orientation letter: WUNDERBAR! I don’t want you to sign up and get hit by a surprise just like when you crack a Kinderüberraschungsei. So, here are the most important facts about our class. German 101 is a first semester course for students with no or very minimal exposure to German language and culture. All you need is a willingness to prepare and participate to the best of your ability. I will do my best to facilitate your learning; the rest is up to you. We will actually meet in a real classroom and follow safety guidelines while learning German using different modalities: games (digital and non-digital), lectures, recitals, collaborative work, an on-line lab and some more. The goal of German 101 is to prepare you to function in German on a basic level in culturally appropriate ways. You will learn to pronounce German correctly and learn to talk about yourself and your family as well as using the formal and informal imperative with lots of exclamation marks.

All you need to know about me is that I am passionate about dogs, cats, soccer and teaching my native tongue. I founded a closed group on Facebook called “Deutsch macht Spaß”. It’s a place for news and information about the German language, cultural events, politics or peculiarities concerning the German speaking countries. Here is a link to join:

This is absolutely voluntary but if you want a sneak preview of “Heidi in ihrer Heimat” or are simply interested, let me know and I’ll accept you.

Don’t hesitate to contact me prior to class. I’m known for answering emails in 24 hours.

Course Description

German 101 covers chapters 1 through 4 of Vorsprung. Major structures presented include present tense, imperative, present perfect, word order in independent clauses and questions, nominative and accusative case, formal and informal German, modal verbs, gender and plural of nouns, as well as pronouns and conjugation of verbs.


What to Expect in this Course

Be prepared to play Quizlet, Kahoot, Jeopardy and to navigate Canvas

This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Types of Assessments

All German 101 students are evaluated by means of:

20% assiduity (includes attendance, class participation, preparation, homework)

20% MindTap

10% poem or song recital*

20% average of quizzes and test scores

30% final exam (written and oral part)

Textbook Information

Vorsprung, 4th ed. by Lovik/Guy/Chavez via MindTap. I will provide the necessary information and link during our first class and will make the link available under “Important Course Information” in Modules on Canvas.


Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

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Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

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Last updated: 08/19/2021 Sub#: 548