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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.

 

-Registration deadline: August 12, 2018

Summer Session: August-September

Classes above level 1 require a placement or the previous level. New students may find placement information here.

Course Code Teacher Days Time Start date End date
German 1 GER 9101 Alexander Boyko Mondays and Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:30 PM 8/20/2018 9/24/2018
German 3 GER 9202 Maja Kleinschmidt Mondays and Thursdays 6:30 – 8:30 PM 8/20/2018 9/24/2018

Holidays: 9/1(if applicable)

Registration opens July 23.

If you would like a notification when a new schedule is up, you may enter your email here.

Levels

German 1

The German – Novice Low course (a.k.a. German 1) 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, along with the incorporation of German culture. Topics include introductions, getting to know someone, ordering and paying for beverages in a cafe, talking about cities, countries and sights. Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Novice Low (ACTFL) or A1 (CEFR) ranges.

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 German – Novice Mid 1 course (a.ka. German 2) is a 20-hour continuation course to the language and culture of Germany. It is intended for learners who have completed “German – Novice Low” or who demonstrate equivalent proficiency.  There is an emphasis on spoken communication and everyday language use along with the incorporation of German culture. Topics include living arrangements, daily routines, work experience and means of transportation.  Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Novice Mid (ACTFL) or A1 (CEFR) ranges.

Communicative competence: By the end of the course learners will be able to discuss preferences, describe their house/apartment, 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 German – Novice Mid 2 course (a.k.a. German 3) is a 20-hour continuation course to the language and culture of Germany. It is intended for learners who have completed “German – Novice Mid 1” or who demonstrate equivalent proficiency.  The course continues to focus on spoken German but with an increased attention to reading and writing tasks along with the incorporation of German culture. Topics include occupations, travel and exploring the German capital Berlin. Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Novice Mid (ACTFL) or A1 (CEFR) ranges.

Communicative competence: 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 German – Novice Mid 3 course (a.k.a. German 4) is a 20-hour continuation course to the language and culture of Germany. It is intended for learners who have completed “German – Novice Mid 2” or who demonstrate equivalent proficiency. The course continues to focus on speaking and listening skills, but with a greater balance of reading and writing tasks.  Topics include shopping for food and clothes, going to the doctor, health & fitness, and the weather. Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Novice Mid (ACTFL) or A1 (CEFR) ranges.

Communicative competence: 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 German – Novice High 1 course (a.k.a. German 5) is a 20-hour continuation course to the language and culture of Germany. It is intended for learners who have completed “German – Novice Mid 3” or who demonstrate equivalent proficiency. While vocabulary and language concepts of the A1 level are reviewed, this level guides students towards a more sophisticated use of the German language. Topics include migration, family, and travel planning. Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Novice High (ACTFL) or A2 (CEFR) ranges.

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 German – Novice High 2 course (a.k.a. German 6) is a 20-hour continuation course to the language and culture of Germany. It is intended for learners who have completed “German – Novice High 1” or who demonstrate equivalent proficiency. This course continues to introduce learners to more complex language structures than previous levels, and guide learners towards more effective communication skills. Topics include leisure activities, media & technology, and going out.  Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Novice High (ACTFL) or A2 (CEFR) ranges.

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 German – Novice High 3 course (a.k.a. German 7) is a 20-hour continuation course on the language and culture of German speaking countries. It is intended for learners who have completed “German – Novice High 2” or who demonstrate 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. Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Novice High (ACTFL) or A2 (CEFR) ranges.

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 German – Novice High 4 course (a.k.a. German 8) is a 20-hour continuation course on the language and culture of German speaking countries. It is intended for learners who have completed “German – Novice High 3” or who demonstrate 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 (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. Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Novice High (ACTFL) or A2 (CEFR) ranges.

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)

German Intermediate Conversation

Prerequisite:  Completion of German 8 or placement
The German – Intermediate Conversation course is focused on increasing comprehension and fluency in the language, expanding active vocabulary, and applying foundational grammar.  It is intended for learners who have completed German 8 or who demonstrate an Intermediate level of proficiency.  Discussion on topics of interest will help students to express their ideas clearly, effectively, and accurately.  The course is customized to fit the needs of class members.  Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with higher oral proficiency than they started, typically within the Intermediate (ACTFL) or B1-B2 (CEFR) ranges.

 Communicative competence: By the end of the course, students will be able to maintain conversations and deliver speeches on a variety of topics.  Students will speak with improved accuracy, speed, rhythm, and cultural appropriateness (formality, idiomatic usage, phrasing, etc.), and they will listen with improved ability to comprehend explicit and implicit meaning.  During the course, students will also develop the strategies and the confidence needed to speak and listen effectively in real contexts outside the classroom.

Grammatical competence: Students will improve the application of previously introduced grammar structures, and develop new grammar knowledge as needed to advance the communicative goals of the course.  Grammar instruction and application are customized to fit the particular needs of the students in each class.

Required Materials:

Fehringer, C. (2014).  German Grammar in Context: Analysis and Practice. New York: Routledge (ISBN: 9781444167269 – Use this to search for book online)

Deutsche Welle: Learn German (online content and resources; Internet access is necessary for some assignments and resources)

Recommended Materials: 

Durrell, D. (2003). Using German: A guide to contemporary usage (2nd ed.)  Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. (ISBN: 9780521530002 – Use this to search for book online)

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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