Introductory German I | Sept 20 – Nov 24


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Introductory German I

Introductory German I is designed for beginners. This course will develop basic listening, comprehension, speaking, and writing skills. We will focus on phonetics, genders, descriptions of objects and people, and present tense verb conjugation. By the end of the course, you should be able to discuss a range of topics including hobbies, like and dislikes, family and friends, and travel plans. It will be a fun, interactive course with ample opportunity for conversation!

This course is also the first course in a series of three that offer college credit through Central Oregon Community College (COCC). Successful completion of this sequence will prepare students for second-year level German at other universities. To register for college credit, please select the option to do so when registering for this course online and provide your COCC ID number in the notes section. Students not previously enrolled at COCC will need to complete an admission application, and we can help you through this process. An additional fee of $60 is required for students seeking college credit.

Sessions – Fall 2021

Introductory German I will meet on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30pm at COCC’s Bend Campus from September 20-November 24. For those seeking college credit, a remote final assessment will take place the week of November 29. This course is designed as a hybrid course where some learning components will also take place on Canvas. German II and German III will continue at the same times in winter and spring terms.

Send us an email at or call us at 541-728-3022 if you would like more details or have any questions. We would be happy to help you find the language class that best fits your needs!

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Meet your Instructor

Janet Gesme
Janet GesmeInstructor —Spanish, German and Russian

I was born in Springfield, Missouri and started life as a professional violist, but the allure of languages has pulled me into learning German, Russian, Spanish, French, and a little Hungarian and Korean. I have a master’s degree in German from Portland State University and have translated the German best sellers “Around the World on 50 Bucks” and “The Sound of Life’s Unspeakable Beauty.” I have also worked as a Spanish translator for Head Start, and as a tri-lingual screener for Volunteers in Medicine (English, Spanish and Russian). I am completely addicted to learning languages and can’t wait to share this joy with you!



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