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German Language Classes

Our German courses emphasize modern spoken German. From the first class meeting, students and instructors alike speak as much German as possible. Grammar is studied not as an exclusively abstract system, but as a reference base for active language use. The majority of classroom time is used speaking German, as opposed to talking about German in English. Culture is also an integral component of all our language courses and is presented through role play and activities while students are learning the language in communicative situations.

St. Steven's Cathedral; Vienna, Austria; photo courtesy of Sabine Saway, ISO Director

St. Steven’s Cathedral; Vienna, Austria; photo courtesy of Sabine Saway, ISO Director

Schedule

Any registrations received after the deadline will be charged a $25 late fee
-Classes must have a minimum of 4 students to run.

-All classes are 20 hours.

-Classes cost $350.

Winter Session: January- March

Registration Deadline: Monday, January 1st. Higher level classes require the previous class or a placement. New students may request a placement here.

Course Instructor Days Time Start date End date
German 1 Dorothy Orme Sat 10:00 AM – 12:00 1/13/2018 3/24/2018
German 2 Dorothy Orme Tue 6:30 – 8:30 1/9/2018 3/13/2018
German 3 Dorothy Orme Wed 6:30 – 8:30 1/10/2018 3/14/2018
German 4 Dorothy Orme Thur 6:30 – 8:30 1/11/2018 3/15/2018
German 7 Dorothy Orme Mon 6:30 – 8:30 1/8/2018 3/26/2018

Holidays (if applicable): 1/15/2018, 2/17/2018, 2/19/2018

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Next session begins February 20th, 2018. If you would like a notification when a new schedule is up, you may enter your email here.

Levels

German 1

The level 1 German class is a 20-hour introductory course to the language and culture of German-speaking countries. It is intended for learners with no previous experience learning German. There is an emphasis on speaking and getting comfortable with the language.

Communicative competence: By the end of the course learners will be able to greet and address someone formally and informally, introduce themselves and others, ask questions, start a conversation, order and pay for beverages and talk about sights in Europe.

Grammatical competence: Together with the vocabulary learners will be introduced to basic language structures, for example: verbs in the present tense (regular and irregular), subject pronouns, singular and plural forms of nouns, and the word order in sentences and questions.

Required Textbook (Level 1-4):

Funk, L., Kuhn, C. Studio 21, Das Deutschbuch A1 (ISBN: 9783065205269)

German 2

Prerequisite: Completion of German 1 or instructor’s permission.

The level 2 German class continues the introduction to the language and culture of German-speaking countries with an emphasis on spoken communication and everyday language use.

Communicative competence: Topics range from living arrangements and daily routines to work experience and means of transportation. By the end of the course learners will be able to discuss preferences, talk about daily schedules and make appointments.

Grammatical competence: Language structures taught at this level include an introduction to the case system of nouns (accusative and dative), the possessive articles and some verbs in the past tense.

Required Textbook (Level 1-4):

Funk, L., Kuhn, C. Studio 21, Das Deutschbuch A1 (ISBN: 9783065205269)

German 3

Prerequisite: Completion of German2 or instructor’s permission.

The level 3 German class continues to focus on spoken German but with an increased attention to reading and writing tasks.

Communicative competence: Topics include occupations, travel and exploring the German capital Berlin. By the end of the course learners will be able to discuss work schedules, introduce colleagues, ask and give directions in a city and describe travel experiences.

Grammatical competence: Learners will be introduced to more complex language structures and idioms, including modal verbs and the conversational past tense.

Required Textbook (Level 1-4):

Funk, L., Kuhn, C. Studio 21, Das Deutschbuch A1 (ISBN: 9783065205269)

German 4

Prerequisite: Completion of German 3 or instructor’s permission

The level 4 German class completes the A1 level which is the first of six levels of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). This framework is the European standard for assessing someone’s language proficiency.

Communicative competence: Topics include shopping for food and clothes; going to the doctor; health & fitness and the weather. By the end of the course learners will be able to conduct shopping dialogues, compare prices, discuss the weather, give advice and express opinions and emotions.

Grammatical competence: Language structures at this level include the comparison of adjectives, adjective endings, the imperative and direct object pronouns.

Required Textbook (Level 1-4):

Funk, L., Kuhn, C. Studio 21, Das Deutschbuch A1 (ISBN: 9783065205269)

German 5

Prerequisite: Completion of German 4 or instructor’s permission

The level 5 German class is the first class of the advanced beginner level (A2) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). While vocabulary and language concepts of the A1 level are reviewed, this level aims at a more sophisticated use of the German language. Topics include migration, family and travel planning.

Communicative competence: Learners will be able to express opinions, make comparisons, describe people and make travel arrangements.

Grammatical competence: After a review of A1 level grammar concepts this course introduces learners to more complex sentence structures using subordinating and coordinating conjunctions. Other topics are the comparison of adjectives, adjective endings and more uses of the dative case.

Required Textbook (Level 5-8):

Funk, H., Kuhn, C., and Winzer-Kiontke, B., Studio 21, Das Deutschbuch A2, Berlin: Cornelsen Schulverlage GmbH 2015  (ISBN 978-3065205740)

German 6

Prerequisite: Completion of German 5 or instructor’s permission

The level 6 German class is the second class of the advanced beginner level (A2). The course continues to introduce learners to more complex language structures. Topics include leisure activities, media & technology, and going out.

Communicative competence: By the end of the course learners will be able to express interests, emotions, and preferences in a more sophisticated way, register a complaint and discuss various uses of the media.

Grammatical competence: Language structures taught at this level include the reflexive verbs, prepositional complements, relative clauses, and indirect questions.

Required Textbook (Level 5-8):

Funk, H., Kuhn, C., and Winzer-Kiontke, B., Studio 21, Das Deutschbuch A2, Berlin: Cornelsen Schulverlage GmbH 2015  (ISBN 978-3065205740)

German 7

Prerequisite: Completion of German 6 or instructor’s permission

The level 7 German class is the third class of the advanced beginner level (A2). It is intended for learners who have completed German Level 6 or who demonstrate an appropriate equivalent proficiency. The course emphasizes the development of all four linguistic skills: listening and reading comprehension, speaking (including pronunciation) and writing. The culture of German speaking countries is incorporated in the course material. Topics include moving, reporting accidents, planning cultural activities and looking for a job, including understanding job advertisements and resumes.

 Communicative competence: By the end of the course learners will be able to exchange information and interact with others about the topics covered in this level. Students will be able to discuss living in the city versus the country, read and understand housing ads, discuss moving plans and report accidents in the home. They will be able to discuss cultural interests and plan cultural activities, understand job ads, discuss job prospects and using hätte and könnte for polite requests.

Grammatical competence: Language structures taught at this level include the narrative past (Präteritum) that is primarily used in written language, modal verbs in the narrative past, additional ways to use subordinate clauses, the nominalization of verbs and the subjunctive forms of haben and können.

Required Textbook (Level 5-8):

Funk, H., Kuhn, C., and Winzer-Kiontke, B., Studio 21, Das Deutschbuch A2, Berlin: Cornelsen Schulverlage GmbH 2015  (ISBN 978-3065205740)

German 8

Prerequisite: Completion of German 7 or instructor’s permission

The level 8 German class is the fourth class of the advanced beginner level (A2). It is intended for learners who have completed German Level 7 or who demonstrate an appropriate equivalent proficiency. This class completes the A2 level which is the second of six levels of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). The course emphasizes the development of all four linguistic skills: listening and reading comprehension, speaking (including pronunciation) and writing. The culture of German speaking countries (D-A-CH) is incorporated in the course material. Topics include customs and holidays in German speaking countries, body language and emotions, inventions and products from D-A-CH.

Communicative competence: By the end of the course learners will be able to exchange information and interact with others about the topics covered in this level. Students will be able to compare customs and holidays, discuss gift-giving traditions, express emotions as well as summarize and critique a movie. They will be able to discuss important inventions including their history, and describe procedures.

 Grammatical competence: Language structures taught at this level include verbs and prepositions followed by objects in the dative and accusative case, subordinate clauses with “wenn” and “damit”, infinitive clauses with “um … zu”, indefinite pronouns, the genitive case and the passive voice.

Required Textbook (Level 5-8):

Funk, H., Kuhn, C., and Winzer-Kiontke, B., Studio 21, Das Deutschbuch A2, Berlin: Cornelsen Schulverlage GmbH 2015  (ISBN 978-3065205740)

Custom Program

WAL can design a special language program for you or your group.  Custom classes are planned with your needs and objectives in mind. WAL has the materials and instructional staff to provide you with an outstanding experience! Choose the number of hours you want to study and the dates of your study and we will design a program just for you.

Custom Programs may be contracted in 10-hour blocks. Meetings must be a minimum of an hour and a half and meet once a week or more. Request a Custom Program here.

Corporate Programs

Communication is always key, especially in the world of business. Our experienced instructors are ready to come to your office with a tailored, industry-specific approach to language instruction. Program content is customized to meet the needs of individual companies.

Instruction requires a minimum of 10 hours total and a minimum of 1.5 hours per lesson.  Programs are generally scheduled on weekdays. Meeting dates and times are flexible. Instruction can be delivered at corporate sites or at our downtown office.

Please contact us at 206-239-4789 or wal@cityu.edu for more information or to receive quote.

Tuition

Class Type Cost 
Evening & Day Classes $350 (effective 7/1/2017)
Custom Programs $700/10 hours
Shared Custom Programs $450/10 hours per person (2-3 students)
Specialized Programs $750/10 hours
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