We create friendly and supportive environment where children and adults experience Sprachvergnügen through a variety of age-appropriate immersive learning activities. We typically conduct four classes. These take place simultaneously on Saturday mornings. Immersion works for students of all ages. Our classes are small and personal. Content may vary according to student interests and experience, as well as levels of proficiency.
A typical Saturday morning begins with all students, parents, visitors, and teachers assembled for a warm-up routine. This includes being led through a routine reciting our purpse, the date, weather, birthdays, and singing a song or two. From there we divide into four classrooms:
Deutsche Welle - Placement Tests
Not sure whether you are a beginner (A1) or intermediate (A2) or advanced student (B1)? Take Placement Tests on the Deutsche Welle website.
Start with A1, the lowest level, and move up each time you score 80% or higher. Report the results (A1, A2, B1) to a GSNEKS teacher and they can advise you about enrollment.
Sterne (level A1)
For beginners, A1.1. This class focuses on basics such as greetings, pronunciation, and fundamental questions with simple answers. At the end of one semester (12 classes) a student can...
- introduce oneself
- spell words
- use numbers 1 to 100
- give some basic personal information
- identify their job and family members
- refrain from interspersing English in spoken German
In subsequent semesters (A1.1 and A1.2) a student can do all of the above more automatically, and also can...
- determine whether to address someone formally or informally
- introduce a third person
-describe work and family in simple terms
- explain a schedule, tell time
- identify nationalities and languages spoken
- identify or briefly describe common daily events
- locate several major cities in German speaking countries
After a few semesters (approximately 150 hours of German study), the student should be able to complete an standard A1 test with at least 70% accuracy. Tests can be administered during the spring semester, by prior arrangement with the instructor.
Sterne Class Curriculum outlining the goals for this class can now also be downloaded.
Sternschnuppen (level A2)
This group is for high school and adult students with previous German learning and/or travel experiences. It is a multi-level class, with activities supporting a variety of goals. As students continue to attend regularly and work independently they should be able to advance skills to meet the benchmarks below.
Some students will work to round out comprehensive basic (A2) skills. This includes developing a repertoire of basic language which enables him/her to deal with everyday situations with predictable content, though he/she will generally have to compromise the message and search for words.
A2.1 The student will be able to .
- state preferences, express wishes and desires
- ask questions
- name some foods
- engage in short conversations on every day topics
- ask for clarification, explain confusion
- make encouraging comments
A2.2 a student can do all of the above more automatically, and also can...
- describe a typical day
- understand a brief, simple news item
- understand a weather report
- describe where landmarks are located
- follow directions using a city map
After several semesters (approximately 300 hours of German practice), the learner should be able to complete a standard A2 proficiency test with at least 70% accuracy in several modes of communication, i.e. (conversation, listening, and reading).
Kometen ( level B1)
This includes exploring a widening range of simple language to deal with typical situations that arise while travelling; to be able to enter unprepared into conversation of familiar topics, express personal opinions and exchange information on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or pertinenet to everyday life (e.g. family, hobbies, work travel, and current events.
After several semesters and substantial individual engagement with learning materials (approximately 300-450 hours), the learner should be able to complete a B1 standard test with 70% accuracy. Tests can be administered during the spring semester, by prior arrangement with the instructor.
For younger students, we offer two classes, the Bären, for ages 3 through 6 or 7 and the Igel, age 7 through 14 years. Both groups will work with age appropriate themes that include stories, practice of conversational skills, and progressing to reading, writing, and role-play.
This class is for children ages three to six or seven, regardless of whether they have had previous experience with German or not. They must already be potty trained, but not yet have literacy skills in either German or English. Children learn through action songs, games, role play, stories, arts and crafts, hilarity, and other creative activities. Activities are short, engaging, and repetitive. Each semester is built around a continuous story theme and culminates in acting out the story.
Songs are typically used to connect various classroom routines. Here are some examples:
Puff, puff, die Eisenbahn
Das ist gerade, das ist schief
Teddy Bär, Teddy Bär dreh dich um
The preschool curriculum plan outlining the goals for this class can now also be downloaded.
This class is for school-age children, ages 7-12, whether they have had previous experience learning German or not. The immersion setting will develop literacy skills of the most proficient students at the same time that it fosters strong receptive skills of beginning students. There will be a range of fun activities targeting beginning and intermediate proficiencies (A1, A2, and B1 described above) while focusing on topics appropriate to the age, abilities, and interests of the students. Each semester is organized around specific interests and goals of the students who are enrolled. Over time, students can eventually achieve the same proficency benchmarks adjusted to their age. Standard tests are available annually beginning around age 10 through the principal teacher.
For resources to supplement all four classes, please following this link.
To date several middle school and high school students who stayed with us several years have participated in AATG National German Exams for which they have earned Gold and Silver awards.
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