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Getting Around in German
Imagine your classroom transforming into a restaurant, train station or marketplace:
your desk becoming a restaurant table, train station
ticket-counter, store, window display, museum broschure, newspaper
stand, theater, supermarket, post office, book store, flower shop,
bakery, vegetable stand, sports center, drug store, cafe, hospital,
airport, nature preserve, historical landmark.
Each week, the setting changes, and I provide a handout that includes a vocabulary suited to the weekly setting.
German for Beginners I
|German for Beginners (Three Levels)
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
(text includes a CD for home practice!) that covers all four language
skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
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
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
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.
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.
Tense of Regular and Irregular Verbs
and Accusative Case Nouns
Tense of Haben and Sein
Past Tense of Haben and Sein
and Dative Case Pronouns
and Ein Words
Past, Past Perfect, and Future Tenses
of Adjectives and Adverbs
German for Beginners
German for Beginners
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.
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!
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.
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)
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.
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
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.
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
pre-school children, aged between 4 and 6 years. Using
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.
Beginning Reading and Writing
(First Grade +)
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
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
7-9 years old (Basic)
description coming soon.
Children 10-15 (Advanced)
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.
Children up to 15 years old