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German I is a Course

German I

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Full course description

By the end of this course, you will be able to hold simple conversation in German, discuss cultural aspects of life in Germany, and understand essential elements of German grammar.

There are no prerequisites for this class.

This first year course introduces students to the German language and culture. The emphasis in the course is on communication, and the teaching method is student-centered. Based on the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning, the objectives for our German I course are:
  • Communication: Students engage in conversations about topics such as Food, Clothing, Places in Town, and Leisure Activities. They learn to express likes and dislikes and to interpret written and spoken language. They present information on different topics.
  • Cultures: Students gain an understanding of different German cultural practices and products, for example: Courtesies, School in Germany, the Rhine River and Germany's history after 1945, German Music - classical and contemporary, German Film.
  • Connections: Students learn about different aspects of German culture which connect to other disciplines, such as history, geography, and music.
  • Comparisons: Students learn about language in general and about the concept of culture by comparing German language and culture to their own.
  • Communities: Students use German beyond the school setting by working with the information from selected German websites.


Syllabus/Course Content

Chapter 1: Greetings, Alphabet, Numbers, Family, Articles

Chapter 2: Commands, Colors, Rhine River, Diphthongs and Special Characters

Chapter 3: Subject and Objects, Phrases using “Kein”,, Singular Verb Endings, Frankfurt, the Euro

Chapter 4: Pleasantries, Clothes, Plural Verb Endings, Irregular Verbs

Chapter 5: Rooms, Furniture, German Houses, Common Activities, the Accusative Case, Common Plural Forms

Chapter 6: Telling Time, School Supplies, German School System, Days of the Week,, Question Words, School Related Verbs

Chapter 7: Review of Regular and Irregular Verbs, Rights of German Teens, Modal Verbs, Food

Chapter 8: Polite Requests, Likes and Dislikes, German Fairy Tales, Perfect Tense, Classical and Contemporary German Music

Chapter 9: German Film, Irregular Perfect Tense Verbs, Restaurant Etiquette, Word Order

Chapter 10: Review of Previous Grammar and Vocabulary, German History After 1945

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