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Melanie Sari

German for Beginners I
German for Beginners (Three Levels)

This course is designed for students who want to learn German from the ground up.  The class is taught over a three-year period by our beginning German instructors, who progress through the course with their students before starting a new three-year rotation.  This is a text-based course (text includes a CD for home practice!) that covers all four language skills:  speaking, listening, reading, and writing.  All fundamental grammatical concepts are covered except the passive voice, the subjunctive mood, and relative clauses (the last three chapters of the text), which are covered in the intermediate courses.  If you are new to the Tri-State School but have had some German before, you may join the course "in progress" in the second or third year.  Here's an approximate list of main grammar points covered in each of the years to help you decide which level is best suited to your needs.

Note:  There will be some overlap between the end of one year and the beginning of the next.  Also, the amount of material covered in any one year is dependent on the make-up of that year's class.

Beginners I
  • The German Alphabet
  • Pronunciation
  • Present Tense of Regular and Irregular Verbs
  • Nominative and Accusative Case Nouns
  • Nominative Case Pronouns
  • Basic Sentence Structure
  • Present Tense of Haben and Sein
Beginners II
  • Dative Case Nouns
  • Simple Past Tense of Haben and Sein
  • Present Perfect Tense
  • Subordinating Conjunctions
  • Modal Auxiliaries
  • Accusative and Dative Case Pronouns
  • Two-way Prepositions
  • Imperatives
  • Der and Ein Words
  • Separable Prefix Verbs
  • Genitive Case
Beginners III
  • Adjective Endings
  • Reflexive Verbs
  • Prepositional Infinitives
  • Verbal Idioms
  • Da- and Wo-Compounds
  • Simple Past, Past Perfect, and Future Tenses
  • Comparison of Adjectives and Adverbs

Wie Geht's?

Christopher Zeigler

German for Beginners II

Randy Gudwangen

German for Beginners III
Kirsten Auch

Kirsten Auch

Intermediate I:

Beginner Conversation

Intermediate I

The Intermediate I class is divided into grammar and beginner conversation components and is taught by two teachers (Kirsten Auch and Brett Siereveld). 

Students will attend one hour of grammar (based on skill level) and one hour of beginner conversation each week.  Students with more German experience behind them should attend the first hour of grammar; those with less, the second.  Attend the beginner conversation course for your other hour of instruction.  (Each hour of beginner conversation covers the same material.

The beginner conversation hour focuses on speaking, speaking, speaking.  It also covers listening comprehension, expanding vocabulary exercises, guided speaking, oral drills and pronunciation exercises. Und nicht vergessen: Übung macht den Meister!

German in Review


Brett Siereveld

Intermediate I:

Grammar Review and Expansion

Grammar Review and Expansion

If you never thought that grammar could be entertaining, then you've never been taught by someone who has a passion for the subject.  Building on the structures learned in Beginner German, this class rounds out your abilities by introducing you to the passive voice, the subjunctive mood, and the use of relative clauses, as well as by reinforcing the principles of case and the fundamentals of conjugation.  If there are things about grammar that you've always wanted to know but were afraid to ask, then look no farther.

German in Review
Alan Shropshire

Alan Shropshire

Intermediate Conversational German
Intermediate Conversational German
The course goal is to increase a student’s ability to converse and correspond on an every-day level in the German language. Prospective students can look at: http://www.langenscheidteducation.com/aspekte_794.html (level B1+) to get an interactive experience with the audio, video and textual materials which will be used in class. Instruction will include explanations in English as well as total immersion in German. 

Berliner Platz III (includes 2 accompanying CDs)
Ingrid Thomas

Ingrid Thomas

Intermediate Conversation

The class offers an opportunity to increase your knowledge of the German language and culture, by improving your ability to understand spoken and written German and learning to speak in German. We use current articles, short stories, videos, student reports, and some grammar review to practice reading and listening skills and as a source of subjects for conversation and for learning about various aspects of German culture and everyday life. As an intermediate class, sessions are conducted mostly in German and taught by a native German speaker.


Karin Kraeling

Advanced Conversation

A group of fluent German Speakers get together on a weekly basis in this class to talk about recent events but mostly to discuss the book we are currently reading.
This year we are reading “ Freiheit und gebratener Speck” by Bernd Kessens. This book is about the German Immigrants that came to the USA in 1832 and settled in our Tri-State Area. How very appropriate! A historic novel all of you can relate to.  
Christa Bauke

Christa Bauke

Deutsch Heute
This is a current events oriented conversation class for native German-speakers and Advanced Students with near fluency in German.  All conversation is conducted in German.

As stimulus for our conversations we select subjects from German newspapers and magazines, discuss current events as seen on Deuusche Welle TV, and view short documentaries from the leading German television networks.  Class participants receive a weekly e-mail message with a reading selection to be discussed in class.  Student contributions and suggestions are always welcome
Deutsch Heute

Christel Leuker

Klasse I

This class is for pre-school children, aged between 4 and 6 years.  Using pictures and picture books, the children learn to speak words and sentences in German.  Likewise, the language study is supported with the singing of numerous children's songs, movement games and party games.

Evi Washburn

Beginning Reading and Writing (First Grade +)

Children must have completed Kindergarten, so that they are able to follow the writing and reading tasks. I pull my materials from a variety of online sources, starting with the correct pronunciation of the German alphabet as well as with Umlauts. We also work on different parts of speech (nouns, verbs etc.) and how to identify them. This is done on a basic level. We do a lot of interactive games to learn other things, such as how to address different types of people when meeting them. We also integrate German celebrations throughout the year into our weekly activities. Many times this is done by doing specific German crafts, songs, games etc.


Daniela Henderson

Children 7-9 years old (Basic)

Class description coming soon.

Dr. Wilhelm Kossenjans

Children 10-15 (Advanced)
This  course is for children from grades 5 on who are interested in learning German.  The course focuses on formation of complete and grammatically correct sentences in spoken and written German.  It is, therefore, essential that the children have good knowledge of basic English grammar.  Children will learn basic sentence structure, sentence components, tenses, conjugation, declination. etc.  Correct pronunciation and vocabulary are also emphasized.  Some instruction is given in German to facilitate understanding and comprehension of the spoken German.


Anneliese Forbes

Children up to 15 years old (Intermediate/Advanced)