Class Description

Our Youngest Students

Our dedicated teachers and their assistants strive to foster a caring and nurturing learning environment that gently introduces your child to German language and culture.

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MOMMY, DADDY, & ME (AGES 1 ½ – 2 ½)

This class is a wonderful introduction to the German language and culture with the comfort of mommy, daddy or caretaker present.  Parents will meet other parents interested in encouraging early language exposure to their young children while spending special, joyful time with their child.  The weekly routine includes teacher-directed activities such as movement, singing, coloring, reading books, as well as free play.  Parents are encouraged to interact in an active manner with their children, e.g. singing and speaking in German along with the teacher.  Traditional holidays and special events of Austria, Germany, and Switzerland are celebrated. 

PRE-K (AGES 3 - 3½)

This class is a wonderful introduction to the German language and culture. The weekly routine includes teacher-directed activities such as movement, singing, coloring, reading books, as well as free play.  Most activities are hands-on using crayons, children’s scissors, colored paper and more.  The children strengthen their fine motor skills with our craft activities, and they proudly take their finished products home.  Traditional holidays and special events of Austria, Germany, and Switzerland are also celebrated. 

KINDERGARTEN 1 (APPROX. AGE 4)

In Kindergarten 1, children learn vocabulary through games, music, stories, and crafts.  Most activities are hands-on using crayons, children’s scissors, colored paper and more.  The children strengthen their fine motor skills with our craft activities, and they proudly take their finished products home.  The class is taught in a relaxed, fun environment, incorporating books, music CDs, flash cards, games and more.  There is a high level of interaction with the children.  Traditional holidays and special events of Austria, Germany, and Switzerland are also celebrated. 

KINDERGARTEN 2 (APPROX. age 5)

Kindergarten 2 is a continuation of Kindergarten 1.  In this class children learn additional vocabulary through games, music, stories, and crafts.  Most activities are hands-on using crayons, children’s scissors, colored paper and more.  The children strengthen their fine motor skills with our craft activities, and they proudly take their finished products home.  The class is taught in a relaxed, fun environment, incorporating books, music CDs, flash cards, games and more.  There is a high level of interaction with the children including work at the board.  Students will recognize simple German words and learn to speak in short phrases.  Traditional holidays and special events of Austria, Germany, and Switzerland are also celebrated. 

GERMAN FOR SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN & TEENS

We have classes for children and young people of all ages. Our school age children and teen classes are divided into 10 levels. We strive to group children according to their ability, and balance this with the importance of keeping them with their age and grade level peers.

At certain levels of their studies, students will have the opportunity to evaluate their proficiency by taking part in the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) tests, which provide a national equivalency score to 2, 3 and 4 years of high school.

Students wishing to prepare for the SAT II and/or AP exams are offered special instruction and coaching.  In addition, official exams are offered through the German Government (Sprachdiplom I and II), which could lead to study at a German university without additional language classes.  Please view our Tests section for more information about exams.

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LEVEL 1.1 BEGINNERS (APPROX. AGES 5-6)

This class is designed for children learning to read and write in their first language.  The class wakes the joy of learning for children and focuses on the development of speaking abilities and listening comprehension.  Group activities, songs and games encourage children to speak in phrases and short sentences.  Vocabulary growth is developed through creative projects like arts and crafts.  Traditional holidays and special events of Austria, Germany, and Switzerland are also celebrated. (Pre-A1) 

LEVEL 1.2 (APPROX. AGE 6+)

This class is a continuation of Level 1.1 and designed for children with beginner writing skills in their first language.  The class creates the joy of learning German for children and focuses on the development of speaking abilities and listening comprehension.  Group activities and games encourage children to speak in phrases and short sentences.  Simple readings and writings are introduced to the children.  Traditional holidays and special events of Austria, Germany, and Switzerland are also celebrated. (Pre-A1) 

LEVEL 2 (APPROX. AGES 7-8)

This class expands the use of conversational vocabulary and teaches the children very basic reading and writing skills in German.  Focus will be on understanding familiar everyday phrases and expressions, and using them while interacting with each other.  The children will play various language games, sing songs and read simple poems and short stories together.  They will also do easy writing assignments such as answering questions with simple sentences.  Additionally, traditional holidays and special events of Austria, Germany, and Switzerland are celebrated. (A1) 

LEVEL 3 (APPROX. AGES 8-9)

In this class the children will continue to learn the German language fundamentals with emphasis on comprehension.  Children will practice simple conversation, reading, and simple writing.  Crafts, games, plays and songs are utilized to reinforce their developing language skills.  Traditional holidays and special events of Austria, Germany, and Switzerland are also celebrated. (A1) 

LEVEL 4 (APPROX. AGES 10-11)

In this class the children will continue to learn the German language fundamentals with emphasis on comprehension.  Children will practice simple conversation, reading, and simple writing.  Crafts, games, plays and songs are utilized to reinforce their developing language skills.  Traditional holidays and special events of Austria, Germany, and Switzerland are also celebrated. (A1) 

LEVEL 5 (APPROX. AGES 11-12)

In this class, the children deepen their knowledge of the fundamental structures of the German language.  Children will learn to talk about familiar aspects of their lives.  The children will continue to improve their speaking and writing skills, while continuing to expand their vocabulary.  Learning techniques utilized include role play, games and mini-competitions.  In addition, traditional holidays and special events of Austria, Germany, and Switzerland are celebrated. (A2.1)

LEVEL 6 (APPROX. AGES 12-13)

In this class students delve deeper into acquisition of the German language.  While they will continue to improve their comprehension in German, they will also work on improving their ability to communicate in German.  Emphasis is on both talking and writing using complete sentences and frequently used expressions, as well as continuing to build their vocabulary.  Students are actively engrossed in learning through special activities such as role playing, quiz shows, and various language acquisition games. (A2.2)

LEVEL 7/8 (APPROX. AGES 13-14)

In this class students continue to expand their proficiency in German with emphasis on vocabulary and grammar, while further developing their speaking and writing skills.  They will improve their skills to communicate beyond simple sentences and learn to express complete ideas, including writing simple paragraphs.  Students will also enjoy hands-on projects such as small experiments, preparing food, playing various language games and utilizing audio and video recordings. (A2.2-B1.1) 

LEVEL 9 (APPROX. AGES 14-15)

Students in this class focus on communication skills which will allow them to have basic conversations on various every day topics such as vacation, school, shopping or their families.  Some students will participate in writing competitions sponsored by the German government, some will participate in standardized AATG exams, while others will prepare oral presentations with posters as visual aids.  More time will be spent on writing essays.  Time will be dedicated to group work, from creating a mini-storybook with pictures to in-class competitions with prizes.  A fantastic experience for cooperative learning while having fun! (B1) 

LEVEL 10 + (APPROX. AGES 15-17)

Level 10 + serves as the pinnacle of a student’s learning of the German language at GLSW, with emphasis on communicating more complex thoughts and gaining greater fluency in all aspects of the language, from reading to listening, to speaking and writing.  Many students will go on to continue to study German at university, and some have pursued university studies in Germany.  Test preparation is also an integral part of this class - many of our students will be preparing for DSD I, some for DSD II, while others will work towards the SAT II and AP as well as the more advanced AATG exams.  The students are engaged, as they suggest the topics for class discussion and projects.  By the time most of these students have reached Level 10, they have been together at the GLSW for multiple years (some 10+ years!), so they are friends and work well as a team.  This dynamic adds to the richness of the learning experience.  Our goal is that the students graduate from the school with a strong ability to communicate in German, empowered to use what they have learned with confidence and self-assurance. (B2-C1) 

S1 (TYPICALLY AGES 12-15)

Level S1 is an introductory class designed for children who want to begin learning German, but are too old to start with the early education classes.  No previous German knowledge is required, but the class is designed to capture a broad audience, including students with some German exposure.  The curriculum is geared towards teenagers, and focuses on quickly learning usable phrases and expressions, along with basic vocabulary and simple grammar.  Lessons are structured around themes, helping to reinforce new vocabulary.  Emphasis is placed on development of listening comprehension and speaking abilities.  Group activities, songs and games encourage students to speak in German.  Vocabulary growth is developed through creative projects.  Traditional holidays and special events of Austria, Germany, and Switzerland are also celebrated. (pre A1) 

S2 (TYPICALLY AGES 14-16)

Level S2 is designed as a continuation of level S1, or for teenage students with some basic knowledge of German.  Lessons are structured around themes that teenagers can relate to, making the learning experience relevant to their everyday lives.  Emphasis is placed on further developing listening comprehension and speaking abilities, as well as increased emphasis on reading and writing skills.  Group activities, songs and games provide opportunity to interact in German.  New vocabulary and more complex grammar concepts are also introduced (A1+) 

GERMAN FOR ADULTS

Planning a trip to Germany? Would you like to brush up on your language skills while your son or daughter is in class? Have you always wanted to learn the language? Need to learn German for professional reasons? Join our lively and interactive adult classes, available at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels to best suit your proficiency. 

ADULT LEVEL 1 - BEGINNER

Adult Level 1 is an introductory German course for students that have little to no knowledge of German.  Students learn basic vocabulary, familiar everyday expressions, and basic phrases.  After acquiring some initial vocabulary, students learn to talk about themselves and introduce themselves to others, and begin to ask simple questions.  They will learn to interact on simple subjects and read simpl1e texts.  Vocabulary, structure, grammar and conversation are an integral part of each class. (A1.1) 

ADULT LEVEL 2 - ADVANCED BEGINNER

Adult Level 2 assumes some basic knowledge of German.  Students learn to understand and express themselves about familiar subjects around family, work, shopping, or their environment.  They will learn to go beyond simple statements of fact and add more descriptive language to their repertoire.  Grammar, structure, vocabulary and conversation are important aspects of this course.  This class is perfect for those looking to brush up on their German! (A1.2-2.1)

ADULT LEVEL 3 - INTERMEDIATE

Adult Level 3 continues to expand the students’ vocabulary, grammar skills, and speaking abilities.  They will learn to understand and express more comprehensive thoughts and apply more complex grammatical structures both in their speaking and writing.  Students will be introduced to simplified literary works, and will read about current events in German.  As a result, they gain insights into the German culture as they grow their language skills. (A2.1-2.2) 

ADULT LEVEL 4 - ADVANCED

Students at the advanced level will have progressed to the point that they can communicate in German about various diverse topics, and express their opinions and emotions in conversation and in writing.  They will recognize some of the nuances in the language, and will be able to comfortably communicate when traveling in a German speaking country.  They will continue to expand their vocabulary and strengthen their grasp of the German language. (A2.2-B1)