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Students continue their study of German by further expanding their knowledge of key vocabulary topics and grammar concepts. Students not only begin to comprehend listening and reading passages more fully, but they also are able to express themselves more meaningfully in both speaking and writing. Each unit consists of a new vocabulary theme and grammar concept, reading and listening comprehension activities, speaking and writing activities, multimedia cultural presentations, and interactive activities and practices, which reinforce vocabulary and grammar. There is a strong emphasis on providing context and conversational examples for the language concepts presented in each unit.
Students should expect to be actively engaged in their own language learning, understand common vocabulary terms and phrases, use a wide range of grammar patterns in their speaking and writing, participate in conversations and respond appropriately to conversational prompts, analyze and compare cultural practices, products, and perspectives of various German-speaking countries, and take frequent assessments where their language progression can be monitored. By semester 2, the course is conducted almost entirely in German. The course has been carefully aligned to national standards as set forth by ACTFL (the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). (Grades 9-12)
A stable Internet connection is needed for this class since all work is done online. A minimum connection speed of 5Mbps is required. iPads are not compatible with this course.
From the Teacher
Why learn German? Germany has a strong economy and a need for bilingual workers. Germany has a rich cultural and literary heritage to be enjoyed. Much scientific research is written in German, as are articles in diverse subjects such as art history and theology. German universities welcome foreign students.
Getting a firm foundation in one language can help in learning other languages. One of the hardest things is to get past “I can say it this way in English, so why not in German?” Saying “I call (myself)” instead of “My name is”, “I have hunger” instead of “I’m hungry” and “I brush (for) myself the teeth” instead of “I brush my teeth” is challenging. Of course the rules are different in French or Arabic or Chinese, but if your brain has been exercised learning one language, it is in much better shape to study another.
Sherlock Holmes, reading a mysterious note from a client, deduces that the writer is German. “It is the German who is so uncourteous to his verbs”. The client had put the second verb at the end of the sentence, even though he was writing in English. Studying a language can give you compassion for the immigrant struggling to make himself understood in English and the missionary trying to learn verb tenses, cases and endings in a land far from home.