Course Description

An elementary level course designed to help students acquire basic proficiency in communication within culturally significant contexts. An integrated approach to teaching language skills with emphasis on vocabulary acquisition and speaking activities.

This is the first in a series of courses that teach contemporary German language as well as aspects of the culture and literture of German speaking countries in central Europe. It is a beginner's course, no previous knowledge of German is required. You will be developing skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing German in a highly interactive learning environment.

Meeting Place and Times



Kate Kithil, M.A.

I have been teaching German in various capacities for around 12 years. I have taught all levels from junior high to college German. I received my Master's in Education from Colorado State University and my Master's in German from Michigan State University. Besides learning languages, I really love spending time outside with my family.



Tuition and Fees

If you are accepted into a qualified online program, see the appropriate MSU Online Only Tuition and Fee table.

If you are also taking a face-to-face course, please refer to the MSU Fee Schedule

Required Books/Materials

Auf Geht's Beginning German Language and Culture (4th edition) 

Available online at with a hard copy book. Price: $199.95

If you are planning on taking the whole elementary German series (101 and 102), then you will need to get the 24 month bundle with online activities and hard copy book.

Auf geht's differs from traditional textbooks in a number of ways: a very heavy focus on culture, a more spaced sequence of grammatical topics, a use of authentic audio and written texts, and intentionally designed personal, interpersonal, and intercultural direction of class speaking activities. Designed for first-year German classes, our goa lis to target intermediate low profiency in German while providing a well-rounded understanding of everyday life in German speaking countries.

Computer Requirements

  • Internet Access
  • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.

For More Information

For more course information, please contact Kate Kithil at [email protected]

How to Register

You must be accepted as a student at Montana State University to take this course.

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After your application has been accepted, you will register via MSU's online registration system, MyInfo

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