If you are hoping to study German during the summer of 2017 and cannot be in a physical classroom, consider the following program (s).
I know both Thorsten Moritz and Ron Ditmars and recommend them both. See their websites below:
Erasmus Academy Summer Language Program
German for Reading Online Instructor: Ron Ditmars
May 22 – July 13, 2017 (8 weeks)
This intensive course is designed for graduate students preparing to take the German proficiency exams for masters and PhD programs, and for any other college student, adult or motivated high school student desiring to read in the language. It provides a thorough presentation of German grammar and introduces the student to expository prose, with the emphasis on reading and translation. Developing writing and conversation skills in German is also included. No previous knowledge of the language is required. The objective of the course, approximating a year of university instruction, is to bring the student to an intermediate reading level, enabling him or her to read modern scholarly articles in German.
As a distance learning course, students may take this class from any location or from the convenience of their home. They will need to have access to the Internet. The course meets in “real time” and participants are expected to attend all the scheduled sessions. Each student participates fully in each class by listening and speaking, translating and posing questions. Assignments are emailed to the Instructor. The 8-week course meets two times a week (Mondays and Thursdays), 6:00pm-9:30pm EST; it comprises 56 hours of instruction. Each 3½ hour session includes grammar, strategies for analyzing German sentences, vocabulary & verb review, translating from English into German, sight-reading, some conversation exercises, and quizzes. Presuming 5 hours of outside preparation for each hour in class, 42 hours (7+35) a week should be available for study. In the latter half of the course, participants have the opportunity of translating additional texts in their area of study, be it history, comparative literature, philosophy, classics, music theory, religious studies, art history, archaeology, etc. MP3 files, as a companion to the textbook, are provided as part of the course.
Required Texts (2)
Order from any major bookstore or used from Amazon or elsewhere: 1) Korb, Richard. German for Reading Knowledge, fifth edition (preferred), 2005, ISBN 1-4130-0370-2 or sixth edition, 2009. Heinle Cengage Learning; 2) Murutes, Harry. Easy Key to German Vocabulary. Canton, OH, 1995. ISBN 0-9648579-0-1. [Note: The Instructor will make Easy Key… available to students, if it can not be ordered.]
Background of Instructor
Mr. Ditmars did graduate work at Freiburg University, Germany for six years, in classical and modern languages. He holds a Magister degree from that institution in modern German literature. He directed the UTS Summer Language Program in New York City for ten years, during which he taught the Intensive German course each summer to graduate students from Columbia University, New York University, Jewish Theological Seminary, Fordham University, etc. He has now taught the intensive German course online for the past nine summers.
Registration, Course Fee & Refund Policy
The fee for Summer German Online is $950, payable in full to the Erasmus Academy NY no later than May 1, 2017. To reserve a place in the course, an enrollment form and a non-refundable deposit of $75 must be submitted to the Admissions Office of the Erasmus Academy NY anytime between Nov. 1, 2016 and May 1, ’17. Early application is recommended, however, due to space availability. The maximum number of students in this online course is 20. There is an “Early Bird” registration option; if full payment is made by March 1, 2017, the fee for the course is $850. Students may make payments and register online, at the website below. To complete the Enrollment Form, please download it, fill it out, scan and return it by email attachment. You may also register by mail, by sending a check made payable to Erasmus Academy, with “German course” written in the memo line, together with the Enrollment Form to the address below.
If, after the first two weeks of classes, a student wishes to discontinue the German course, a letter to this effect must be received by the Erasmus Academy Office by 4:00pm on Friday, June 2, 2017. Thereupon, a refund of $875 will be returned to the student ($775 for Early Bird registrants).
Registration Deadline: May 1, 2017
For information and enrollment form, write to:
Erasmus Academy Admissions Office
320 7th Avenue #101
Brooklyn, New York 11215
Or contact Ron Ditmars. Tel: 718-499-0077
You may register and make payments online:
Erasmus Academy Twenty-Second Annual Summer Language Program Online
LEARN FRENCH, GERMAN, SPANISH, LATIN, CLASSICAL GREEK, SANSKRIT, NT GREEK,
OR BIBLICAL HEBREW
May 22 – July 13, 2017
Prepare for the Language Proficiency Exams
- Rapid Reading Courses: Emphasis on Reading and Translating.
- For all Graduate Students in the Arts & Sciences, or for any motivated college or high school student, or other adult.
- Online courses in “real time.” Students log on at specific times and interact directly with the Instructor and other students. Take from any location or from home. One year of college language instruction in 8 weeks. Access to the Internet required.
- Intensive Courses. No previous language knowledge required. Time commitment: 30 hrs/week, presuming 4 hours of outside prep for every hour in class.
- Meetings: Mon. /Thurs., 6:15 pm –9:15 pm EST
- 8 Weeks: 48 hours of instruction approximate 4 semester hours.
- High success rate. Instructors experienced in rapid reading courses.
- Early Bird Registration: payment by March 1, 2017. Total Fee: $850.
See Enrollment Form for Details.
Course Fee: $950
Application Deadline: May 1, 2017
For information, write/call the Instructor of the respective language, found at:
Or call the Office at 718-499-0077
Classical Latin – Dr. D. Ben DeSmidt
Dr. DeSmidt is Associate Professor of Classics at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he has taught Latin and Greek languages and literatures for six years, and is the director of the Western Heritage Program. His B.A. is from the University of Chicago; he graduated with the Ph.D. in Classics from Columbia University in 2006.
French – Mr. Fabien L. Rivière
Mr. Rivière, a native speaker of French, grew up in Toulouse, France. He received his BA in Modern Languages, Literatures and Civilizations (2004) and a MA in World Languages (2005) both from the University of Toulouse. Mr. Rivière serves as an Adjunct Professor of French and Global Studies at Ramapo College and a French teacher in the Goshen School District, NY.
German – Mr. Ron Ditmars
Mr. Ditmars did graduate work for six years at Freiburg University, Germany in classical and modern languages. He holds a Magister degree from that institution in modern German literature. He has a B.A. from Kenyon College, an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and a M. Phil from Union Seminary in NYC, where he directed its Summer Language Program and taught the intensive German course to graduate students for nine years.
New Testament Greek – Mr. John A. Dunne
Mr. Dunne is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, under Professor N.T. Wright. He has a BA (’08) in Biblical and Theological Studies from Biola University, in La Mirada, CA, and from the Talbot School of Theology an MA (’10) in New Testament Language & Literature, and an MA (’11) in Old Testament & Semitics. He teaches Koine Greek and New Testament courses at the Las Vegas extension of Lincoln Christian University.
Biblical Hebrew – (Instructor to be appointed by Dec. 15, 2106)
Spanish – Mr. William Andrews
Mr. Andrews received his BA in Spanish Languages and Literatures from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. He is enrolled in the Ph.D. program at Chicago Theological Seminary and serves as the Spanish instructor for doctoral students, as well as for graduate students in the Hyde Park/Chicago cluster of schools, who are preparing for the proficiency exam. Will also worked as a translator at the US/Mexico border for more than a year.
Sanskrit – Dr. Bergljot Chiarucci
Dr. B.J. Chiarucci earned MA and PhD degrees from the University of California Berkeley in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies. She spent the summer of 2004 in Heidelberg, Germany practicing spoken Sanskrit at Heidelberg University, and she spent several summers in India where she took further language courses in Sanskrit, Prakrit, and Tamil. At UC Berkeley, she taught in the Dept. of South and Southeast Asian Studies and in the Department of History of Art between 2005-2011. Her interests include Sanskrit literature, the history of yoga, and manuscript studies.
Classical Greek – Dr. Kristina Chew
Dr. Kristina Chew received her BA in Classics from Princeton University (1990) and her Ph.D. from Yale University in 1995. She has extensive teaching experience in Greek and Latin languages as well as in classical civilization courses. She was an Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN (2001-2005) and Associate Professor of Classics at Saint Peter’s University, Jersey City, NJ (2005-2014). She is now an Instructor in the Department of Classics at Rutgers University.
What other online German reading or theological German courses do you know of?