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German Language Classes

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.

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.

 

Schedule

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 All classes are online via Zoom in Spring.
Class Instructor Days Time Start date End date Scheduling Notes
German 1 Dorothy Orme Wed 6:30 – 8:20PM 4/7/21 6/9/21
German 2 Elena Wiese Tue 6:30 – 8:20PM 4/6/21 6/8/21
German 3 Alexander Boyko Tue 6:30 – 8:20PM 4/6/21 6/8/21
German 4 Alexander Boyko M/W 6:30 – 7:40PM 4/5/21 5/26/21
German 5 Maja Kleinschmidt Thur 7:00 – 8:50PM 4/8/21 6/10/21
German 6 Elena Wiese Wed 6:30 – 8:20PM 4/7/21 6/9/21
German 8 Maja Kleinschmidt Wed 5:00 – 6:50PM 4/7/21 6/9/21
German 11 Maja Kleinschmidt Wed 7:00 – 8:50PM 4/7/21 6/9/21
German 16 Dorothy Orme Thur 6:30 – 8:20PM 4/8/21 6/10/21
All classes are 18.5 hours. Tuition is $400. Without payment of tuition, your registration is received but incomplete. Level 1 classes must have 4 complete registrations to run; level 2+ will run on a minimum of 3 complete registrations.
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Levels

 

German 1

The German – Novice Low course (a.k.a. German 1) is a 20-hour introductory course focused on building linguistic skills and comprehension through creative familiarization with contemporary life and cultures in German-speaking countries. It is intended for learners with no previous experience learning German. The course emphasizes the development of the following linguistic skills: pronunciation, speaking, listening, reading and writing. Topics include introductions and getting to know somebody, family members, occupation/ professions, food and beverages, cities and transportation, clothes/ shopping, countries and sights, traditions and holidays. 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 communicate in highly predictable social situations such as meetings in a work environment, family events, trips and shopping. Students will be able to address others formally and informally, to greet each other and say good-bye, introduce themselves and others by name, nationality, and occupation, use cardinal and ordinal numbers from 0 to 100,000 to communicate phone numbers, addresses, dates, time, prices and ask others to provide factual information.

Grammatical competence: Together with the actively used vocabulary, learners will be introduced to basic language structures, such as: verbs in the present and simple past tense (regular and irregular verbs), pronouns, negating words, singular and plural forms of nouns, word order in indicative sentences and questions.

Required Materials:

Evans, S., Pude, A., et al. (2012). Menschen A1: Deutsch als Fremdsprache: Kursbuch (with DVD). Ismaning: Hueber Verlag. (ISBN 9783191019013)

Evans, S., Pude, A., et al. (2012). Menschen A1: Deutsch als Fremdsprache: Arbeitsbuch (with 2 CDs). Ismaning: Hueber Verlag. (ISBN: 9783191119010)

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:

Evans, S., Pude, A., et al. (2012). Menschen A1: Deutsch als Fremdsprache: Kursbuch (with DVD). Ismaning: Hueber Verlag. (ISBN 9783191019013)

Evans, S., Pude, A., et al. (2012). Menschen A1: Deutsch als Fremdsprache: Arbeitsbuch (with 2 CDs). Ismaning: Hueber Verlag. (ISBN: 9783191119010)

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:

Evans, S., Pude, A., et al. (2012). Menschen A1: Deutsch als Fremdsprache: Kursbuch (with DVD). Ismaning: Hueber Verlag. (ISBN 9783191019013)

Evans, S., Pude, A., et al. (2012). Menschen A1: Deutsch als Fremdsprache: Arbeitsbuch (with 2 CDs). Ismaning: Hueber Verlag. (ISBN: 9783191119010)

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:

Evans, S., Pude, A., et al. (2012). Menschen A1: Deutsch als Fremdsprache: Kursbuch (with DVD). Ismaning: Hueber Verlag. (ISBN 9783191019013)

Evans, S., Pude, A., et al. (2012). Menschen A1: Deutsch als Fremdsprache: Arbeitsbuch (with 2 CDs). Ismaning: Hueber Verlag. (ISBN: 9783191119010)

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 

Evans, S., Pude, A., et al. (2012). Menschen A1: Deutsch als Fremdsprache: Kursbuch (with DVD). Ismaning: Hueber Verlag. (ISBN 9783191019013)

Evans, S., Pude, A., et al. (2012). Menschen A1: Deutsch als Fremdsprache: Arbeitsbuch (with 2 CDs). Ismaning: Hueber Verlag. (ISBN: 9783191119010)

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:

  1. Evans, S., Pude, A., et al. (2012). Menschen A2: Deutsch als Fremdsprache: Kursbuch. Ismaning: Hueber Verlag. (ISBN 9783192119026)
  2. Evans, S., Pude, A., et al. (2012). Menschen A2: Deutsch als Fremdsprache: Arbeitsbuch (with 2 CDs). Ismaning: Hueber Verlag. (ISBN: 9783191119027)

 

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:

  1. Evans, S., Pude, A., et al. (2012). Menschen A2: Deutsch als Fremdsprache: Kursbuch. Ismaning: Hueber Verlag. (ISBN 9783192119026)
  2. Evans, S., Pude, A., et al. (2012). Menschen A2: Deutsch als Fremdsprache: Arbeitsbuch (with 2 CDs). Ismaning: Hueber Verlag. (ISBN: 9783191119027)

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

  1. Evans, S., Pude, A., et al. (2012). Menschen A2: Deutsch als Fremdsprache: Kursbuch. Ismaning: Hueber Verlag. (ISBN 9783192119026)
  2. Evans, S., Pude, A., et al. (2012). Menschen A2: Deutsch als Fremdsprache: Arbeitsbuch (with 2 CDs). Ismaning: Hueber Verlag. (ISBN: 9783191119027)

German 9

Prerequisite: Completion of German 8 or instructor’s permission

The German – Novice High (A2) course (a.k.a. German 9) is a 10-week continuation course to the language and culture of Germany. It is intended for learners who have completed “German – Novice Mid 8” or who demonstrate equivalent proficiency. While vocabulary and language concepts of the A2 level are reviewed, this level guides students towards a more sophisticated use of the German language. Topics include in hotel, traveling and traffic, weather and climate, cultural events, books and media. 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 discuss the reservation and amenities, talk about climate/ climate changes, plan cultural events, talk about books and medias.

Grammatical competence: This course introduces learners to more complex sentence structures using indirect speech, but also working with local prepositions, verbs with prepositions. Other topics are the simple past (Praeteritum) and questions with prepositions adverbs.

Required Textbook

  1. Evans, S., Pude, A., et al. (2012). Menschen A2: Deutsch als Fremdsprache: Kursbuch. Ismaning: Hueber Verlag. (ISBN 9783192119026)
  2. Evans, S., Pude, A., et al. (2012). Menschen A2: Deutsch als Fremdsprache: Arbeitsbuch (with 2 CDs). Ismaning: Hueber Verlag. (ISBN: 9783191119027)

German 10

Prerequisite: Completion of German 9 or instructor’s permission

The German – Novice High 1a0 (A2) course (a.k.a. German 10) is a 10-week continuation course to the language and culture of Germany. It is intended for learners who have completed “German 9” or who demonstrate equivalent proficiency. This level guides students towards a more sophisticated use of the German language. Topics include carsharing, the German school system and doctors without borders. 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 give a statement to the police, express (dis)content, enthusiasm and disappointment, talk about carsharing and their own usage of means of transportation, as well as give and understand instructions.

Grammatical competence: Learners will learn more connectors (“seit, seitdem, bis”), the use of “dies-“ and “welch-“, get an introduction into relative sentences and pronouns in the nominative and accusative, as well as a deeper look into the past tense “Präteritum” and the verb “lassen”.

Required Textbook

  1. Evans, S., Pude, A., et al. (2012). Menschen A2: Deutsch als Fremdsprache: Kursbuch. Ismaning: Hueber Verlag. (ISBN 9783192119026)
  2. Evans, S., Pude, A., et al. (2012). Menschen A2: Deutsch als Fremdsprache: Arbeitsbuch (with 2 CDs). Ismaning: Hueber Verlag. (ISBN: 9783191119027)

German 11

Prerequisite: Completion of German 10 or instructor’s permission

The German – Intermediate Low 1 course (a.k.a. German 11) is a 10-week continuation course on the language and culture of German speaking countries. It is intended for learners who have completed “German – Novice High 6” (German 10) 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 character traits, work-related topics and  motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Intermediate Low (ACTFL) or B1 (CEFR) ranges.

Communicative competence: By the end of the course, learners will be able to understand the main points of information in conversations and text on familiar matters relating to work, school and leisure time, when clear, standard language is used. Students will be able to describe people’s character traits, describe and assess events in the past, and talk about statistics.  Students will also be able to return or exchange purchased items, engage in phone conversations, and express assumptions.

Grammatical competence: Language structures taught at this level include adjectives used as nouns, the preterite, relative clauses with prepositions and in the dative case, conjunctions “obwohl” and “trotzdem”, and the future tense I.

Required Textbooks:

  1. Braun, J.,Habersack, C., and Pude, A. Menschen  B1 Kursbuch +DVD-ROM, Ismaning, Deutschland: Hueber Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, 2016 (ISBN: 9783191019037 )
  2.  Braun, J.,Habersack, C., and Pude, A.  Menschen B1 Arbeitsbuch + 2 Audio-CDsIsmaning, Deutschland: Hueber Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, 2016 (ISBN: 9783191119034)

German 12

Prerequisite: Completion of German 11 or instructor’s permission

The German – Intermediate Low 4 course (a.k.a. German 12) is a 10-week continuation course on the language and culture of German speaking countries. It is intended for learners who have completed “German – Intermediate Low 1” (German 11) 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 leisure time and work-related topics, and  motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Intermediate Low (ACTFL) or B1 (CEFR) ranges.

 Communicative competence: By the end of the course, learners will be able to understand the main points of information in conversations and text on familiar matters relating to work, school and leisure time, when clear, standard language is used. Students will be able to extend invitations, give advice, take a position, give a presentation and express and react to disappointment.

 Grammatical competence: Language structures taught at this level include the conjunction “falls”, the infinitive form with “zu”, the conjunctions “da”, “während”, “bevor”, adjective declension with the comparative and superlative forms, and the conjunctive mood II in the past.

Required Textbooks:

  1. Braun, J.,Habersack, C., and Pude, A. Menschen  B1 Kursbuch +DVD-ROM, Ismaning, Deutschland: Hueber Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, 2016 (ISBN: 9783191019037 )
  2.  Braun, J.,Habersack, C., and Pude, A.  Menschen B1 Arbeitsbuch + 2 Audio-CDsIsmaning, Deutschland: Hueber Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, 2016 (ISBN: 9783191119034)

German 13

Prerequisite: Completion of German 12 or instructor’s permission

The German – Intermediate Low 4 course (a.k.a. German 13) is a 10-week continuation course on the language and culture of German speaking countries. It is intended for learners who have completed “German – Novice High 4” 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 leisure time and work-related topics, and  motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Intermediate Low (ACTFL) or B1 (CEFR) ranges.

Communicative competence: By the end of the course, learners will be able to understand the main points of information in conversations and text on familiar matters relating to work, school and leisure time, when clear, standard language is used. Students will be able to express something emotionally, write emails and letters, accept and decline invitations, express misunderstanding, verify understanding, recommend something, and participate in a job interview.

Grammatical competence: Language structures taught at this level include the past perfect tense, the genitive case, conjunctions and adverbs, present and past participles used as adjectives, and two-part conjunctions.

Required Textbooks:

  1. Braun, J.,Habersack, C., and Pude, A. Menschen  B1 Kursbuch +DVD-ROM, Ismaning, Deutschland: Hueber Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, 2016 (ISBN: 9783191019037 )
  2.  Braun, J.,Habersack, C., and Pude, A.  Menschen B1 Arbeitsbuch + 2 Audio-CDsIsmaning, Deutschland: Hueber Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, 2016 (ISBN: 9783191119034)

German 14

Prerequisite: Completion of German 13 or instructor’s permission

The German – Intermediate Low 6 course (a.k.a. German 14) is a 10-week continuation course on the language and culture of German speaking countries. It is intended for learners who have completed “German Intermediate Low 5” 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 leisure time and work-related topics, and  motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Intermediate Low (ACTFL) or B1 (CEFR) ranges.

Communicative competence: By the end of the course, learners will be able to understand the main points of information in conversations and text on familiar matters relating to work, school, and leisure time, when clear, standard language is used. Students will be able to express importance of something, react to stories, retell a biography, engage in a discussion, hold a presentation, and discuss rules.

Grammatical competence: Language structures taught at this level include infinitive constructions with “zu”, expressions using “es”, two-part conjunctions and modal particles, and conjunctions indem and sodas.

Required Textbooks:

  1. Braun, J.,Habersack, C., and Pude, A. Menschen  B1 Kursbuch +DVD-ROM, Ismaning, Deutschland: Hueber Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, 2016 (ISBN: 9783191019037 )
  2.  Braun, J.,Habersack, C., and Pude, A.  Menschen B1 Arbeitsbuch + 2 Audio-CDsIsmaning, Deutschland: Hueber Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, 2016 (ISBN: 9783191119034)

German 15

Prerequisite: Completion of German 14 or instructor’s permission

The German – Intermediate Low 7 course (a.k.a German 15) is a 10-week continuation course on the language and culture of German speaking countries. It is intended for learners who have completed “German Intermediate Low 6” 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 leisure time and work-related topics, and  motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with proficiency levels in the Intermediate Low (ACTFL) or B1 (CEFR) ranges.

Communicative competence: By the end of the course, learners will be able to understand the main points of information in conversations and text on familiar matters relating to work, school, and leisure time, when clear, standard language is used. Students will be able to advertise something, express wishful thinking, express agreement, indifference, and conviction.

Grammatical competence: Language structures taught at this level include prepositions of place and time, present tense passive voice with modal verbs, passive voice in the perfect and preterite tenses, conjunctions anstatt/ohne……zu, anstatt/ohne  dass, damit, um… zu, als ob.

Required Textbooks:

  1. Braun, J.,Habersack, C., and Pude, A. Menschen  B1 Kursbuch +DVD-ROM, Ismaning, Deutschland: Hueber Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, 2016 (ISBN: 9783191019037 )
  2.  Braun, J.,Habersack, C., and Pude, A.  Menschen B1 Arbeitsbuch + 2 Audio-CDsIsmaning, Deutschland: Hueber Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, 2016 (ISBN: 9783191119034)

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)

German Intermediate Conversation through Film

Required Materials

Book:

  • Schueller, J. (2009). Cinema for German conversation. Newburyport, MA: Focus Pub./R. Pullins. ((ISBN: 9781585102808 – Use this to search for book online)

Films*

  • Rosenstrasse (2004)
  • The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen) (2006)
  • The Edukators (Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei) (2004)

*Available on Amazon or YouTube

Prerequisite:  Completion of German 8 or placement

The German – Intermediate Conversation through Film 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.  In this course, students watch, study, and discuss a series of German-language films. The featured films will be the foundation for acquiring new vocabulary and expressions, learning and applying grammatical concepts, and building cultural awareness of the German-speaking world. Students will also use and discuss supplementary materials related to the contexts, themes, and linguistic content of the films.  Motivated, diligent students can expect to finish with higher speaking and listening 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/presentations 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 both 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.

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.

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Class Type Cost 
Evening & Day Classes $400 (effective 7/1/2019)
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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