In this course, students will learn to speak, read, write, and understand German. They will learn to focus on how they personally learn. Students will also learn about cultural elements pertaining to German-speaking countries, such as culture, history, geography, and lifestyle. This course includes authentic teaching materials such as popular YouTube videos, pop music, and texts. This course features interactive elements such as live one-on-one speaking appointments with TAs and instructors, an instructor-hosted wiki, and a fictitious German pen pal. This is the first course in a four-part German series, which aligns to ACTFL standards.