LATEST SCHOOL NEWS
As our 8th year begins, we have 26 students
enrolled, divided among four classes.
The German School of Northeast Kansas (GSNEKS) offers Saturday classes, 2 semesters a year of 12 weeks each, with 90 minutes of instruction. The fall semester begins in September and ends in early December. The spring semester typically begins at the end of January and ends around May 1. Some Saturdays without class mirror the University of Kansas calendar.
Fall 2018: Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29, Oct. 6, ( fall break on 13), 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17, (no class after Thanksgiving), Dec. 1, 8.
Spring 2019: Jan. 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, Mar. 2, (spring break on 9 and 16), 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27.
Enrollment forms are available for download. Follow directions on the form to submit ahead of time, or bring it with you to register on the first day of the semester.
We are an immersion Saturday school. We currently teach four groups using immersion methods appropriate to the age of the students. The goal is to create a setting in which one hears German at least 90% of the time, without interruptions in English. In contrast to traditional methods of explaining, translating, and memorizing, this method surrounds the student with language that is made meaningful by context and dramatization. Without understanding every word, students over time are able to create their mental German phrase list by sorting out what they hear, learning to guess and make inferences, and responding appropriately. Reponses progress from physical gestures, to single words and short phrases, to full sentences, then normal discourse. Some of the best tools for learning by immersion include songs, rhymes, roll play, and games. So be prepared to have some fun. The word "Sprachvergnügen," which roughly translates "joy of language," captures the enthusiasum we try to generate.
All classes meet simultaneously, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m..
Age groups available:
- Bären for students 3- 7 years old,
- Igel for children 7-14 years old, who can read and write in English,
- Sterne for students 14 and older, learning German for the first time,
- Sternschnuppen for students 14 and older who have studied German previously.
The 4 groups are flexible, based on experience, proficiency, and interest. We consult with parents and students about what suits best.
Learning materials are included in enrollment fees. Students, except the Bären, must bring their own notebooks.
9:15 a.m.- Library time. German fiction and non-fiction, books on CD, music tapes and CDs, and videos are available for check out.
9.30 - Morgenkreis (Opening group circle time). All students assemble in the main hallway. Family members and visitors encouraged to participate.
9.45 - Classes
10:50 - Morgenkreis. Meet in main hallway. Family members and visitors encouraged to participate.
11:00 - Ende.
We meet in Reese Hall at Bishop Seabury Academy, 4120 Clinton Parkway, Lawrence, KS. This is a private school on a frontage road parallel to Clinton Parkway, accessible via Crossgate Drive. The frontage road deadends at Reese Hall, on the west end of the parking lot. Look for our banner near the entrance to Reese Hall.
We are guests of the school; please be aware that we often share the parking lot with school activities taking place elsewhere on campus.
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Tuition and Fees:
Fall semester: $150 per student plus $30 registration fee.
$100 for each additional family member.
Spring semester: $150 per returning student, $100 for each additional family member. Add $30 registration fee for new students.
To enroll via email, please download and complete a registration form. Send to the administrator then pay at the first class. A registration document can be found at the top of this page.
We would like to hear from you!
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or our director at firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone @ 785.218.9700
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