German Course Descriptions

German 11        FY
Course #549

In this course, students are introduced to the five C's of foreign language learning:  communication, culture, connections, comparisons and communities.  Students will learn the fundamental structures of the language by engaging in brief conversations, directed dialogues, and a variety of oral activities.  In addition, short reading passages, aural comprehension, writing activities, and grammar are integral components of the program.  The language lab and other technology serve as useful, creative and motivating tools to build language proficiency and cultural understanding.


German 12  FY
Course #551

German 12 is offered in conjunction with German 11.   Students are introduced to the five C's of foreign language learning at a modified pace.  Students will engage in all aspects of the German 11 course with more teacher support.  The language lab and other technology serve as useful, creative and motivating tools to build language proficiency and cultural understanding.


German 21        FY
Course #553

German 21 is a continuation of German 11 and continues to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.  Students will increase their vocabulary, learn new grammatical concepts, and develop a deeper understanding of the culture.  At this stage, students will practice the skill of speaking through class discussions and presentations.  Moreover, students will begin to write compositions on a variety of topics.  The language lab and other technology continue to serve as useful, creative and motivating tools to build language proficiency and cultural understanding.  

Prerequisite:  Final grade of C- or better in Spanish 11.


German 20        FY
Course #554

This second year course is held in conjunction with German 21 and 22.  Students cover the same basic language material and are required to complete supplementary reading activities and take the level 2  National German Exam in January.

Prerequisite:  Final grade of A- in German 11


German 22  FY
Course #555

German 22 is offered in conjunction with German 21. Students will engage in all aspects of the German 21 course with more teacher support.  The language lab and other technology serve as useful, creative and motivating tools to build language proficiency and cultural understanding.

Prerequisite:  Final grade of C- or better in German 12.  Final grade of D or better in German 11.


German 31  FY
Course #557

Students advance to the 3rd level book in the Deutsch Aktuell series.  They learn more difficult grammatical structures as well as read about historical figures, the German-speaking regions and significant events.  Cultural differences are discussed in greater detail. Emphasis is on spoken language through role-play and in-class presentations.  Short stories, fairy tales, legends, poetry and a mystery reader round out the academic year.  The final exam / project is based on our end of the year literature piece.   The language lab and other technology serve as useful, creative and motivating tools to build language proficiency and cultural understanding.

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of German 21


German 30  FY
Course #556

This third year course is held in conjunction with German 31 and 32.  Students who receive honors credit have extra enrichment reading activities that they are expected to complete each quarter in addition to the regular course requirements.  They also take the level 3 National German Exam in January.

Prerequisite:  Final grade of B+ in German 20


German 32  FY
Course #559

The students will engage in all aspects of the German 31 course with more teacher support.  The language lab and other technology serve as useful, creative and motivating tools to build language proficiency and cultural understanding.

Prerequisite:  Final grade of D+ in German 22


German 41  FY
Course #563

Students continue in the Deutsch Aktuell textbook series completing 3 chapters in the 3rd level.  There is increased cultural coverage of the German-speaking countries of Germany, Austria and Switzerland.  A variety of communicative activities like cooperative learning, role-play, pair and group work engage students in class.  Short stories and other pieces of German literature are read in 2nd semester.  The final exam/project is based on our end of the year literature piece.

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of German 31


German 40  FY
Course #561

This fourth year German course is held in conjunction with German 41 and 42.  Teacher assigns special topics of interest and students present material to fellow classmates.  Additional reading is required as well with given written work.  They take the level 4 National German Exam in January.

Prerequisite:  Final grade of B+ in German 30.


German 42  FY
Course #565

Students will participate in all aspects of the German 41 course with more teacher support.  The language lab and other technology serve as useful, creative and motivating tools to build language proficiency and cultural understanding.

Prerequisite:  Final grade of D+ in German 32.
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