Preschool-12 Bilingual Education in
Three Locations in the Bay Area

Saturday School

German Saturday School at GISSV



Open to Everyone Interested in Learning German

On weekends, our Mountain View campus is home to the German Saturday School at GISSV, an independent school offering a comprehensive and carefully designed program for students of all ages, from preschoolers to adults, interested in learning the German language and culture. The program serves learners of all levels, from those without prior knowledge of German to those with some rudimentary or even advanced competency in the language.

To gain German language and cultural proficiency, our staff exclusively teaches in German and provides interactive feedback in the target language. Intent upon strengthening students’ communicative skills, we focus on student-centered instruction and perceive the students as active participants in language acquisition. Partner- and group work, role plays and interviews provide a stimulating and challenging learning environment and constitute important components in our teaching philosophy. To enrich the experience of learning German, we utilize films, multimedia and online materials. The computer facilities at GISSV provide excellent support for our Saturday School. Last but not least, we offer extensive mentoring and advise our students in their course of study within the parameters of the Saturday School curriculum.

The core curriculum of the Saturday School follows the Thuringian curriculum (German only) for elementary schools as adopted by the GISSV and modified for the goals of the Saturday School, the general guidelines of „Deutsch als Fremdsprache“ (German as a Foreign Language), the guidelines of the The Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR) and the nationally recognized standards by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

Immersion Summer Camp 2017
June 19 - July 14

CLick Here to Register for Summer cAMP 2017

Fall Classes 2017
Registration open 8/13 - 26

For information send e-mail to: saturdayschool@gissv.org


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Did you know?

If you take classes at the Saturday School and pass the DSD I or DSD II exam you may get High School credit and / or College credit for your Foreign Language requirement. Contact us for more information.

Language Diplomas

For advanced learners, we offer preparation for the German Advanced Placement Test (AP) as well as the German language certificate (DSD – Deutsches Sprachdiplom I & II).

The primary goal of these exams is to provide proof of linguistic competency to enable students to study in Germany, get credits for colleges/universities or to pursue careers where German is one of the prerequisites. To ensure language proficiency, we have designed our curriculum in accordance with the nationally recognized standards by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Our courses meet the requirements of the Central Agency for German Schools Abroad (Zentralstelle für das Auslandsschulwesen, ZfA) and the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR).

Guidelines, Competencies and Class Placement

Our instruction is goal-oriented and competency-based. We have incorporated complex learning tasks in the spirit of the implemented guidelines to pay tribute to a competency-based curriculum. Like regular schools, the Saturday School offers instruction from grade 1 to 10. We offer classes in regards to age of students: 1. Grade = 6 years, 2. Grade = 7 years, 3. Grade = 8 years, 4. Grade = 9 years, 5. Grade = 10 years, 6. Grade = 11 years, 7. Grade = 12 years, 8. Grade = 13 years, 9. Grade = 14 years, and 10. Grade = 15 years. Additionally, we offer project-based Kindergarden classes (age 5) through which students gain basic linguistic competency, such as learning the German alphabet or learning about the location and customs of European countries, that prepares them for the task and goal oriented curriculum starting 1. Grade. Students, who have completed 5th grade or 6th grade attend a preparatory class in order to obtain the Deutsche Sprachdiplom I. Students who have passed 8th grade register for a preparatory class in order to obtain the Deutsche Sprachdiplom II. While the Saturday School places students according to their respective age, we also consider the individual linguistic skills level and maturity for placement in higher level classes. We try to be flexible and accomodating within established guidelines of linguistic competency.

Following the general guidelines of „Deutsch als Fremdsprache,“ (DaF) the Saturday School evaluates the communicative competency in the following categories:

  • Listening comprehension
  • Communicative ability
  • Reading comprehension
  • Writing
  • Written & Oral Language competency

The Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR) defines the communicative competency based language instruction. Accordingly the Saturday School follows the prescribed educational competency levels:

  • First Educational Competency level: Reference Level A1
  • Second Educational Competency level: Reference Level A2
  • Third Educational Competency level: Reference Level B1
  • Fourth Educational Competency level: Reference Level B2
  • Fifth Educational Competency level: Reference Level C1


CEFR ACTFL German language certificate (DSD)
A1 Beginner Novice
(Low/Mid/High
A2 Elementary Intermediate
(Low/Mid/High)
Das Deutsche Sprachdiplom (ZDP A2)
B1 Intermediate Advanced Low Das Deutsche Sprachdiplom (DSD I)
B2 Effective Advanced Mid Das Deutsche Sprachdiplom (DSD II)
C1 Effective Proficiency Advanced High Das Deutsche Sprachdiplom (DSD II)
C2 Mastery Superior


Admissions

  1. Tuition for the school year 2017/18

The tuition fee includes registration fee, supplies, books, and library privileges.

Toddler

One child PER SEMESTER: $325 or $650 per SCHOOL YEAR
Second family member discount $50; 3rd family member another $50 (per semester)

Preschool (3-4 Years Old)

One child PER SEMESTER: $425 or $850 per SCHOOL YEAR
Second family member $375; 3rd family member $325 (per semester)

Kindergarten

One child PER SEMESTER: $525 or $1050 per SCHOOL YEAR
Second family member $475; 3rd family member $425 (per semester)

Starting with Elementary School

One child PER SEMESTER: $525 or $1050 per SCHOOL YEAR
Second family member $475; 3rd family member $425 (per semester)

Accelerated Courses at the Elementary School

One child PER SEMESTER: $600 or $1200 per SCHOOL YEAR
Second family member $550; 3rd family member $500 (per semester)

DSD 1 & DSD 2 (German Language Proficiency Exam Preparatory Course) & AP (Advanced Placement Preparatory Course)

One child PER SEMESTER: $650 or $1300 per SCHOOL YEAR
Second family member $600; 3rd family member $55O (per semester)

Adult Classes Saturday

One adult PER SEMESTER: $525 or $1050 per SCHOOL YEAR

Adult Classes during the week

One adult PER SEMESTER: $475 or $950 per SCHOOL YEAR

Film, Literature and Business classes

PER student PER SEMESTER: $600 or $1200 per SCHOOL YEAR
Second family member $550; 3rd family member $500 (per semester)
All prices are per semester, non-refundable and due on enrollment.

Payment

Registration and payment will be online only.

Preference for Returning Students

We can only guarantee classroom space for current and new students who register by August 26, 2017. We will try to accommodate all returning families, but we cannot guarantee spaces for siblings. Registration starts August 13 and ends August 26, 2017. Please register as early as possible starting with August 13, 2017. It helps us to ensure a smooth placement process. Please note: The Saturday School has experienced a dramatic increase in enrollment, it is highly advisable to register early!!

New Families

If you are interested in our program and wish to enroll your child(ren) or yourself, we recommend that you contact the principal at saturdayschool@gissv.org.

Refund Policy

Withdrawals must be submitted to the principal in writing: saturdayschool@gissv.org

Tuition will be refunded as follows:

Withdrawal before September 9, 2017: Full tuition
Withdrawal before 2nd day of school: 75% refund
Withdrawal before 3rd day of school: 50% refund
Withdrawal before 4th day of school: No refund

Note: A non-refundable tuition rule applies if the student is expelled from school due to disciplinary reasons.

FAQs

Is German a prerequisite for my child to attend?

Yes and No. No German is required for the elementary level. Yes, at the intermediate level (age 9 and upward). If the student has no prior knowledge of German s/he has to work at least one hour/week in addition to our 2.5 school hours/week.

Can my child start school at the beginning of the second semester?

Yes. Your child can also join our classes in the middle of each school year, provided that we have space available.

How are students placed?

Students are assigned to classes based on factors like age, maturity level, academic performance, social needs, learning styles, and possibly a placement test.

If I / my child have never taken a German language class what course is appropriate?

Students register for a beginning German language course according to their age.

How can parents actively participate in the German Saturday School?

There are many events for parents to get involved in our school such as volunteering at festive events or attending our annual parent meeting.

I / My child registered for a course that is either too difficult or too easy. What should I do?

Speak with your instructor and we will find another class that matches your skill level.

As a native or heritage speaker of German, do I have to take a placement exam?

Yes. You are possibly required to take the placement exam. Consult with the principal.

My children come from a German speaking background, however, we do not speak German at home. How do you place our child?

No problem. We place children according to their age and ability.

How do I register?

Click on online registration located on the GISSV website under Saturday School. Fill out first the contact information, second the emergency form, next proceed to select a course, and finally pay the tuition and registration fee. You will receive a confirmation e-mail.

Does the German Saturday School follow the regular school calendar?

Almost. We start every Saturday after Labor Day and finish the third Saturday in January. Students attend 15 sessions per semester.

What is the earliest age my child can attend the German Saturday School?

We offer classes from toddler to adult. Minimum age is 12 months.

Is it possible for my child to start at German Saturday School partway through the year?

Yes. If there is a place available in a class suitable for your child it may be possible. Principal, student, and parents meet and discuss the available options.

What materials or text books will my child need?

For each class parents & students will receive a syllabus with detailed information about the course and textbooks. The textbooks are ordered by the school.

Will there be any homework?

Most class levels have some basic assignments and vocabulary to learn each week, however, this will not require a huge huge time commitment.

Are all the teachers at German Saturday School native speakers?

All teachers at the German Saturday School are native speakers or have native speaker quality.

Do the classes match up with regular school classes and will my child change classes each year?

We determine classes by age, maturity, and skill level. Each class is fairly even in regards to age.

Can I arrange to have a tour of the Saturday School at GISSV?

Each year there is an Open House, usually in August, that prospective students and parents are very welcome to attend. Individual tours can also be arranged by simply contacting the principal.

What are the fees for the German Saturday School and when do I have to pay them?

Cost per semester: $525 ($475 2nd family member; $425 3rd family member - grades 1-10). All prices are per semester, non-refundable and due on enrollment. Textbooks and registration fee are included.

Is there a report system in place?

Children receive a mid-year report card and a final report card at the end of the school year. Parents are encouraged to discuss and monitor their child’s progress throughout the year and can always talk to the teacher either before or after class.

What are the hours of the school?

School runs from 9:30 am to 12 pm on Saturdays. Children have a short break during the morning when they can have a snack (bring one from home) and spend some time in the playground. Children are supervised at all times. We also offer classes during the week (evenings/day). See our schedule.

Where is the school located?

Our address and phone number are:

German Saturday School at German International School of Silicon Valley
310 Easy Street, Mountain View, CA 94043
Phone: (+1) 650-254-0748 • Fax : (+1) 650-254-0749

How big are the classes?

Class sizes vary, from a minimum of 5 to a maximum of 8. Only occasionally do we have 9 or 10 students in a class.

Can I attend a class to get a first impression of how things work?

Of course, just let us know and we can arrange a visit to one of the classes.

Teacher Profiles

Bryan Aja

I am very enthusiastic about foreign language teaching and especially excited to join the Saturday School team in Mountain View.

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Jasminka Banic
In 2004 I came to the Bay Area from Costa Rica in pursuit of further knowledge and new ways to meet multi-lingual challenges.
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Claudia Baumgardt

I was born and raised in Thuringia, Germany. Before we, a family of four, moved to the Bay Area in February 2015, we lived near Heidelberg.

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Marie Bedewitz

I am from Leipzig, Germany. After finishing my degree in Occupational Therapy I moved to the Bay Area in 2010, where I worked closely with two families as a professional Au Pair.

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Barbara Bird
I have been living in the Bay Area since 2002. I was born in Monterey, California, but I have lived in Berlin, Germany most of my life.
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Aaron Clegg

Aaron grew up in Eureka, California and began learning German at age 14. He won the FLARE German language award in high school as well as the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Scholarship, which sent him to live in Germany for 10 months with a host family and attend Gymnasium.

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Jutta Cottarel

Native from Germany, my family and I have lived in the US over 20 years. I have taught in the elementary programs of both the German and French International School in Cambridge, MA as well as at the German Saturday School in Boston.

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Anja Doyle

In 2011, I started working for the German International School of Silicon Valley. Now I look forward to teaching at the Saturday School as well.

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Silvia Eckelmann

After finishing my Bachelor degree in Early Childhood education in Heidelberg, Germany, I have worked for three years in a bilingual preschool (German/English) as an English-speaking teacher.

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Katharina Eldada

Born to a Swiss father and German mother, I grew up in various parts of Switzerland, in Iran, and in Luxembourg, spending most summers with my grandparents in Germany.

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Conny Fiala
I grew up in Southern Germany and have lived in Freiburg the past several years. I moved to the Bay Area with my husband, a native from the Bay Area, in the summer of 2014.
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Lone Harmrolfs
I am from Hannover, Germany. I finished my studies as Kindergarten Teacher in 2004 and have since gained a lot of experience in working with children and young people.
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Gabriele Hesse
I was born and raised in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany where I graduated from Cologne University with a teaching degree in Latin and Russian, the 1st State Examination. (1. Staatsexamen für das Lehramt für die Sekundarstufen I und II).
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Heidrun Hoffmann
I started my professional path as Gymnastiklehrerin trained at the LSB-Berlin, teaching music and movement to all ages.
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Sabine Hollatz

I am a teacher from Hamburg, Germany, where I worked for five years at different primary and secondary schools as a science teacher.

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Michaela Kaluza

Born and raised in Munich, my family and I moved to California in 2014. I have an office management background and taught kids in Germany to play theater in a traditional Bavarian speaking theater.

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Nordira Lancaster
I was born and raised in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. After finishing my Master's Degree in International Relations in Tashkent in 2005, I received a scholarship to study in Germany.
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Antje Morgenstern

After finishing my studies in October 2014 I moved from North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany to the United States, where I am living together with my husband in California.

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Helen Mueller

Having the privilege of growing up in a German speaking home in the Bay Area, I understand that benefits of having a bilingual, multicultural upbringing.

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Lisa Pallanch
I was born and raised in Wels, a small town in Austria. I came to the Bay Area in 2007 as an intern at a hotel after graduating from College.
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Annette Persechini
Born and raised in Germany, I have an academic background in TV journalism as well as in business and social science.
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Miriam Roe

Miriam Roe started at GISSV in 2013 for the Saturday school program and teaches grades 4-6. Since 2014 she is a Kibili preschool teacher at GISSV.

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Karin Rüscher
Originally from Austria I moved to the United States 20 years ago. Growing up in Graz, Austria, I acquired my Ph.D. in jurisprudence at the Karl-Franzens-University in Graz.
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Anja Seibt

My professional background is in computer science, though literature and language arts have always been near to my heart.

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Sophie Singleton

I grew up in a small town in the south of Berlin and attended the Ruth-Cohn-Schule in Berlin; I am a state certified educator (staatlich anerkannte Erzieherin).

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Tamara Stauch

I grew up in Ulm, Germany and have lived and worked in Freiburg for more than 15 years before moving to the Bay Area in 2012.

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Edlyn Teske

I was born and raised in Marburg/Lahn, in the heart of the German federal state Hessen. After studies in Berlin (Master's) and Darmstadt (PhD), I left Germany in 1998 for Waterloo, Ontario (Canada).

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Nancy Windisch-Samusik
I am from a small town in Germany near Berlin and I moved to the Bay Area together with my husband and my little son two years ago.
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Ulla Yechale
Born and raised in Dieburg (Hesse) I moved to the US in 2013. I am a state approved special educator for Kindergarden/Pre-school teacher and graduated from L.-G.-College in Dieburg for Social Pedagogics in 1992.
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Our Mission

The Saturday School at the German International School of Silicon Valley fosters language immersion as a method of teaching German as a second language. With the first day in class, from toddlers to adult learners, the Saturday School teachers use German as their primary means of instruction.

Why Bilingualism?

  • Bilingualism has economic advantages in life reflecting the global economic changes
  • Bilingualism nurtures flexible and divergent thinking
  • Bilingualism increases the self-esteem and the self-confidence
  • Bilingualism enables thinking outside the cultural box
  • Bilingualism opens borders and communication systems

Why German?

  • German is the second-most-often taught foreign language in Europe (Over 100 million Europeans are native speakers of German placing German among the top ten in the number of native speakers among world languages)
  • The largest concentration of German speakers outside Europe is in the United States and Canada.
  • Germany is one of the largest contributors to research and development in the world
  • Germany plays an vital leadership role economically, financially, and politically role in the European Union and the world
  • Germany remains powerful in the arts, literature, philosophy, and psychology

Why GISSV?

Questions?

saturdayschool@gissv.org or Tel: (650) 254 0748, Fax: (650) 254 0749

Academics

Overview - Course Offerings

We offer preschool play groups (starting at 12 months of age), elementary school classes (grades K-5), middle school classes (grades 7-8), high school classes (9-10), adult beginner and adult intermediate groups, and German topic classes, such as "Introduction into German literature."

Students meet 15 times during the fall and spring semester or attend 30 sessions in an academic year.

Classes

At the Saturday School at GISSV, we follow the guidelines of German as a Foreign Language (Deutsch als Fremdsprache - DaF) to ensure our curriculum meets the academic standards as defined by the Central Agency for German Schools Abroad (Zentralstelle für das Auslandsschulwesen, ZfA). The curriculum prepares students for the German Language Certificates (DSD I & DSD II) and the Advanced Placement (AP) exam in German. Our curriculum now has classes from K to 10 in order to provide transparency and comparability with full-time schools. Starting with grade seven students can register in German 3 classes and up to German 5 classes in order to fulfill their Foreign Language Requirements for Graduation as outlined by the California Department of Education. Students complete their courses and graduation requirements in conjunction with passing the DSD I and DSD II examination administered once a year.

*****Please note we place students based on age and skill level. The boundaries between classes are open, a six-year old student could enroll in 2nd grade. We assess students individually in consultation with parents and teacher.*****

Language Requirements

The Saturday School at GISSV is unique because we offer two immersion tracks: A) beginner classes with no background in German and B) continuing classes for students with some or advanced familiarity of German leading to the German Language Certificates. We welcome students with no background in German wishing to learn the German language. Our program has been highly successful in rapidly advancing new students in German; after four semester of German students enter our mainstream German language classes, a hallmark of academic success.

If students excel in the Saturday School, transferring to GISSV is one of many options of our program. The Saturday School has prepared many students to become full-time students at GISSV. With two degrees in hand - California High School Diploma and the German Abitur - students have many options for their future career perspectives.

We recommend students, in consultation with the instructor, to take an online assessment test that will allow them to determine their appropriate course level. If you like to assess your skill level see http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/LanguageSelfAssessmentGrid/en.

Note: A minimum enrollment of 5 students is required for a class to take place.

Schedule

Class Schedule Saturdays
9:30am-12pm Language Instruction (all ages)

Class Schedule Weekdays
7:30pm-9:00pm Tuesday/Wednesday or Thursdays (adults only)

Toddler Group


12 months - Age 3


Saturday


9:30am–10:30am

11:00am–12:00pm

Preschool Play Group


Ages 3-4

Saturday


9:30am–12:00pm

Preschool / Kindergarten


Age 5

Saturday


9:30am–12:00pm

1st Grade

Age 6

Saturday

9:30am–12:00pm

2nd Grade

Age 7

Saturday

9:30am–12:00pm

3rd Grade

Age 8

Saturday

9:30am–12:00pm

4th Grade

Age 9

Saturday

9:30am–12:00pm

5th Grade

Age 10

Saturday

9:30am–12:00pm

6th Grade

Age 11

Saturday

9:30am–12:00pm

7th Grade

Age 12 (German 3)

Saturday

9:30am–12:00pm

8th Grade

Age 13 (German 4)

Saturday

9:30am–12:00pm

9th Grade

Age 14-15 (German 4 Honors)

Saturday

9:30am–12:00pm

10th Grade

Age 15-16 (German 5)

Saturday

9:30am–12:00pm

German For Beginners

Ages 6-7

Saturday

9:30am–12:00pm

German For Beginners

Ages 8-10


Saturday

9:30am–12:00pm

Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Competency –
C.1 level (European
Language Level)

Saturday

9:30am–12:00pm

DSD I (German Language Certificate - Preparatory course - Spring only)

Ages 14 - recommended

Saturday

9:30am–12:00pm

DSD II (German Language Certificate - Preparatory course - Fall only)

Ages 16 - recommended

Saturday

9:30am–12:00pm

Adult Beginner 1

Saturday

9:30am–12:00pm


Tues/ Wed/Th 7:30-9:00pm

Adult Beginner 2 (cont.)

Saturday

9:30am–12:00pm


Tues/ Wed/Th 7:30-9:00pm

Adult Intermediate 1

Saturday

9:30am–12:00pm


Tues/ Wed/Th 7:30-9:00pm

Adult Intermediate 2 (cont.)

Saturday

9:30am–12:00pm


Tues/ Wed/Th 7:30-9:00pm

Business German for Beginners - Geschäftsdeutsch

Minimum requirement: 1 year of formal German

Saturday

9:30am–12:00pm


Tues/ Wed/Th 7:30-9:00pm

Introduction Germany – in English

Saturday

9:30am–12:00pm


Tues/ Wed/Th 7:30-9:00pm

German Film Class – in English/German

Saturday

9:30am–12:00pm


Tues/ Wed/Th 7:30-9:00pm

Introduction German Literature – in German

Saturday

9:30am–12:00pm


Tues/ Wed/Th 7:30-9:00pm



Class Schedule

Saturdays

9:30AM–12PM

Language Instruction (all ages)

Class Schedule

Weekdays

7:30PM–9:00PM

Tuesday / Wednesday or Thursdays (adults only)

Children Curriculum

Toddler play group (12 months - Age 3)

We offer a toddler play group for children between the ages of 12 months and 3 years. Toddlers develop their language skills through arts-and-crafts, songs, rhymes, free play, and games. A toddler must be accompanied by a parent. No German knowledge required by parent or toddler.

Preschool play group (Age 3-4)

We have designed this course for children with diverse linguistic backgrounds. We engage children at this age through a curriculum that consists of games, songs, arts & crafts, treasure hunts, and other activities that build cognitive skills. Apart from learning German songs & customs, children will learn basic everyday utterances such as Danke and Bitte and acquire a core vocabulary of 20 words. We introduce the children to some pre-academic work such as numbers, colors, forms, rhymes and the alphabet. No German knowledge required. Must be potty trained.

Pre-School - K (age 5)

No previous German required. Children will learn the alphabet, their names, numbers, and some basic counting. The kids will learn to ask questions and practice phonetic exercises that will enhance their listening skills. They will also begin to learn basic writing, mostly copying of patterns and fill-in-the blank exercises, and acquire some basic core verb vocabulary (around 40 verbs). Learning German songs & customs will continue to be a primary activity at this level.

1. Grade (age 6) - Competency Level: Common framework level A1.

Some basic German favorable but NOT required. The course will introduce first grade students of German to the German language to help them develop a basic understanding of German cultures, values, attitudes, and traditions of the German-speaking countries. We provide many opportunities for students to practice realistic German on topics dealing with every-day personal events and situations as well as to work with authentic German texts. We have chosen the Tobi-Leselehrgang consisting of Druckschriftlehrgang, Tobi Erstlesebuch, and Tobi Arbeitsheft zum Erstlesebuch and its accompanying materials and activities. The Tobi-Leselehrgang is designed for first grade (and second grade) students of German; the materials are designed to introduce and develop German language skills in four areas: speaking, writing, listening, and reading. At this grade level we emphasize communication as well as attention to some basic formal accuracy. Our communicative approach to the German language and culture entails incorporating songs, poems, rhymes, and many group exercises that encourage creativity and independent learning. The activities emphasize the acquisition of communicative as well as cultural competence without sacrificing attention to formal and structural patterns in the language.

We have structured the class content around letters & sounds and corresponding thematic illustrations of phonetic exercises and games. Instruction aims at building children’s German speaking and listening skills and preparing them for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. The student will develop an “ear” for sounds (auditory discrimination), for listening, remembering sounds (auditory memory and sequencing), and talking about them (developing vocabulary and language comprehension). We utilize the Tobi-Leselehrgang to address the reading and writing component of each session; the Tobi-Leselehrgang will foster reading and spelling words with adjacent consonants. The goal is to have students read, spell, and write polysyllabic words.

Grammatical components such as adjectives, verbs, and prepositions will complement the letters and sounds approach at this level by nurturing the students’ ability to read many familiar words automatically. Students will quickly be able to decode unfamiliar words and use their developed sounding and blending skills. We have complemented the various levels of letters and sounds with a thematic focus, such as Thanksgiving or Christmas, to establish a vocabulary list embedded in German speaking cultures. The aim is to position the students to become more fluent readers, more accurate spellers, and users of developed theme related vocabulary lists.

2. Grade (age 7) - Competency Level: Common framework level A1.

Prerequisites for the course: Grade 1 or equivalent. The course will built upon and advance the language skills of grade 1. We continue to develop a basic understanding of German cultures, values, attitudes and traditions of the German-speaking countries using the Tobi-Fibel consisting of Druckschriftlehrgang, Tobi Schreiblehrgang B, Tobi Erstlesebuch, and Tobi Arbeitsheft zum Erstlesebuch and its accompanying materials and activities. The Tobi-Fibel is designed for first grade (and second grade) students of German; the materials are designed to introduce and develop German language skills in four areas: speaking, writing, listening, and reading. At this grade level we continue to emphasize communication as well as attention to some basic formal accuracy.

Like in grade 1, we have structured the class content around letters & sounds and corresponding thematic illustrations of phonetic exercises and games. Instruction aims at building children’s German speaking and listening skills and preparing them for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. The student will develop an “ear” for sounds (auditory discrimination), for listening, remembering sounds (auditory memory and sequencing), and talking about them (developing vocabulary and language comprehension). We utilize the Tobi-Fibel to address the reading and writing component of each session; the Tobi-Fibel will foster reading and spelling words with adjacent consonants. The goal is to have students read, spell, and write polysyllabic words. Students will also learn the letter names using an alphabet song, although they will continue to use the sounds when decoding words. We incorporate Wuppis Abenteuer-Reise as a core reference to nurture phonological awareness.

3. Grade (age 8) - Competency Level: Common framework level A1/A2

Prerequisites for the course: Grade 1 & 2 or equivalent. The course will advance your German language skills helping you to further a general understanding of the cultures, values, attitudes and traditions of the German-speaking countries. We provide many opportunities for students to practice realistic German on topics dealing with everyday events and situations as well as opportunities to work with authentic German texts. The materials and activities in this course, intended for advanced beginners, are designed to further develop German language skills in four areas: speaking, writing, listening, and reading. Students complete some basic assignments at home which then become the basis for student-to-student interaction and small group work.

The book series chosen for the course Einsterns Schwester consists of four different books - Einsterns Schwester 1-4 - each emphasizing sequentially the various skill levels with a primary emphasis on writing, speaking, and reading. Starting with Einsterns Schwester 2 and continuing through Einsterns Schwester 4, students will gradually move from competency level A1 to B1 (Grade 2 to grade 6) following The Common European Framework of Reference for Language. Throughout the elementary level we emphasize communication as well as attention to formal accuracy. This is a complete three-year program designed for children grade 2-4 (age of 7 and 10 in Germany) and used in the Saturday School for grades 2 to 6 (ages 7-12). We incorporate Einsterns Schwester to offer a communicative introduction to the German language and culture. The kid-friendly layout of the book as well as text directed toward children incorporates songs, poems, rhymes, and many group exercises that encourage creativity and independent learning. The activities emphasize the acquisition of communicative as well as cultural competence without sacrificing attention to formal and structural patterns in the language. Please note: Einsterns Schwester 2 will be used for 3 semester (incl. Grade 4 - Fall Semester)

Einsterns Schwester 2 consists of four workbooks (abbreviated as WB) – Arbeitsheft 1 Sprache untersuchen (WB 1 Examining language), Arbeitsheft 2 Richtig schreiben (WB 2 Writing Properly), Arbeitshefte 3 Texte schreiben (WB 3 Writing Texts), and Arbeitsheft 4 Lesen (WB 4 Reading).While in Arbeitsheft 1 Sprache untersuchen students learn about adjectives, nouns,and the singular and plural of verbs, Arbeitsheft 2 Richtig schreiben then advances their knowledge of basic grammar concepts by teaching words and syllables, words with “ei”/“au,” and how to order words according to the alphabet. Arbeitshefte 3 Texte schreiben emphasizes writing by using nouns and verbs in sentences or ordering sentences according to images. Arbeitsheft 4 Lesen enables students to read basic texts, match texts to images, or identify the main points of a story.

3. Grade (age 8) - Accelerated Course: German & Mathematics - Competency Level: Common framework level A1/A2

Prerequisites for the course: Grade 1 & 2, or equivalent; very good working knowledge of German. Fast paced.

During the first half of a session students will advance their German language skills helping them to further a general understanding of the cultures, values, attitudes and traditions of the German-speaking countries. We will use Einsterns Schwester 2 and follow the learning objectives as in grade 3 stated above.

During the second half of a session students will use Einstern 2, published by Cornelsen publisher, providing students with a creative, student centered approach to learning mathematics. Students will conceptualize and understand whole numbers up to 100 in many different learning situations, use various methods to illustrate numbers, or navigate the concepts predecessor/successor, greater than/less than, even/odd, double/half or counting by fives and tens. Like Einsterns Schwester, Einstein 2 consists of 5 workbooks addressing the topics: numbers up to 100, multiplication and division, geometry, space, time, money, and lengths.

4. Grade (age 9) - Competency Level: Common framework level A1/A2

Prerequisites for the course: Grade 1, 2, & 3 or equivalent. The course will advance your German language skills helping you to further a general understanding of the cultures, values, attitudes and traditions of the German-speaking countries. We provide many opportunities for students to practice realistic German on topics dealing with everyday events and situations as well as opportunities to work with authentic German texts. The materials and activities in this course, intended for advanced beginners, are designed to further develop German language skills in four areas: speaking, writing, listening, and reading. Students complete some basic assignments at home which then become the basis for student-to-student interaction and small group work.

The book chosen for the course is Einsterns Schwester 3 (Note: will be used starting spring semester). Like Einsterns Schwester 2, the textbook Einsterns Schwester 3 consists of four workbooks (abbreviated as WB) – Arbeitsheft 1 Sprache untersuchen (WB 1 Examining Language), Arbeitsheft 2 Richtig schreiben (WB 2 Writing Properly), Arbeitshefte 3 Texte schreiben (WB 3 Writings Texts), Arbeitsheft 4 Lesen (WB 4 Reading) plus a project book and supplemental workbook Nr. 3. We will work with Einsterns Schwester 3 for three semesters. While in Arbeitsheft 1 Sprache untersuchen students learn about the different tenses, verb stems and how to conjugate them, compound adjectives, or how to use the question words “Wer,” “Wo,” “Was,” “Warum,” “Wie,” and “Wohin,” Arbeitsheft 2 Richtig schreiben then reinforces and advances knowledge about words and consonants, such as double consonants “tz” or “ck,” and strategies for how to correct a short postcard message. Arbeitshefte 3 Texte schreiben emphasizes writing by teaching how to write a formal letter, using the correct format of an address, and when to use the proper tense when describing a picture story. Arbeitsheft 4 Lesen enables students to develop strategies for finding word groups in texts and to recognize elements of a fairy tale. The project workbook focuses on whales: the different groups of whales (such as the Orca or Blue whale), how they live, where they migrate, and what they eat.

4. Grade (age 9) - Accelerated Course: German & Mathematics - Competency Level: Common framework level A1/A2

Prerequisites for the course: Grade 1 & 2, or equivalent; very good working knowledge of German. Fast paced. During the first half of a session students will advance their German language skills helping them to further a general understanding of the cultures, values, attitudes and traditions of the German-speaking countries. We will use Einsterns Schwester 2 and follow the learning objectives as in grade 3 stated above.

During the second half of a session students will use Einstern 3, by Cornelsen publisher, providing students with a creative, student centered approach to learning mathematics. Students will comprehend numbers up to 1000, identify, bundle and exchange amounts, sort, compare numbers (<, >, =), form and extend numerical sequences, round numbers, differentiate odd and even numbers etc.

5. Grade (age 10) - Competency Level: Common framework level A1/A2

Prerequisites for the course: Grade 1, 2, 3, & 4 or equivalent. The course will advance your German language skills helping you to further a general understanding of the cultures, values, attitudes, and traditions of the German-speaking countries.

We will continue Einsterns Schwester 3. While in Arbeitsheft 1 Sprache untersuchen students learn about the different tenses, verb stems and how to conjugate them, compound adjectives, or how to use the question words “Wer,” “Wo,” “Was,” “Warum,” “Wie,” and “Wohin,” Arbeitsheft 2 Richtig schreiben then reinforces and advances knowledge about words and consonants, such as double consonants “tz” or “ck,” and strategies for how to correct a short postcard message. Arbeitshefte 3 Texte schreiben emphasizes writing by teaching how to write a formal letter, using the correct format of an address, and when to use the proper tense when describing a picture story. Arbeitsheft 4 Lesen enables students to develop strategies for finding word groups in texts and to recognize elements of a fairy tale. The project workbook focuses on whales: the different groups of whales (such as the Orca or Blue whale), how they live, where they migrate, and what they eat.

6. Grade (age 11) - Competency Level: Common framework level A2/B1

Prerequisites for the course: Grade 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5 or equivalent. The course will advance your German language skills helping you to further a general understanding of the cultures, values, attitudes, and traditions of the German-speaking countries.

Like Einsterns Schwester 3, the textbook Einsterns Schwester 4 consists of four workbooks (abbreviated as WB) – Arbeitsheft 1 Sprache untersuchen (WB 1 Examining Language), Arbeitsheft 2 Richtig schreiben (WB 2 Writing Properly), Arbeitshefte 3 Texte schreiben (WB 3 Writings Texts), Arbeitsheft 4 Lesen (WB 4 Reading) plus a project book and supplemental workbook Nr. 4. We will work with Einsterns Schwester 4 for two semesters. While in Arbeitsheft 1 Sprache untersuchen students will continue to explore grammatical issues such as finding adequate adjectives for a noun, recognizing the various tenses in a text (Present tense, Past tense, etc.), or usiing direct speech,” students in Arbeitsheft 2 Richtig schreiben explore words with letters such as the “y,” and practice the rules of capitalization. In Arbeitshefte 3 Texte schreiben students polish their writing skills by learning to select proper words for specific subjects or by writing a lost-and-found announcement. In Arbeitsheft 4 Lesen students learn how to use a dictionary and the internet to identify unknown words and phrases. Finally, the project workbook Leonardo da Vinci gives students the insights into Leonardo’s life, his inventions, his paintings, such as the Mona Lisa, and his impact on our daily life. Students will also learn to create a historical timeline.

7. Grade (age 12) GERMAN 3 - Competency Level: Common framework level A2/B1.

Advanced German required. Students now start to write their own short essay on topics of their choice. While in the previous grade, student's focus on learning the grammatical nuts and bolts of the German language, grade 8, 9, and 10 increasingly shift toward developing independent writing and communication skills. Apart from age-related topics, such as modern technologies or travels, students now read short articles from newspapers, view and discuss short German films. Reviewing grammatical concepts will continue.

The book series chosen for the course Deutsch mit Grips 1-3 emphasizes communication as well as attention to formal accuracy. A complete program designed for young adult learners, Deutsch mit Grips offers a communicative introduction to the German language and culture. It also provides students with the necessary skills for successful communication in today’s rapidly changing world by exposing them to a wealth of spoken and written authentic textual materials. These materials and the corresponding activities emphasize the acquisition of communicative as well as cultural competence without sacrificing attention to formal and structural patterns in the language.

We start with Deutsch mit Grips 1, a textbook consisting of thirteen chapters. The first part of each chapter begins with a brief introduction into the topic such as Der Alltag (daily life). The segment introduces some important vocabulary in its context. The activities in the Lesen (reading) section offer additional vocabulary and short stories enabling students to get a better understanding of the cultural context. Short exercises along with some basic grammar structures complement this section. A Hören (listening) section expands upon the topic by way of introducing new vocabulary and exercises with multiple-choice questions. Students focus on the proper pronunciation or practice the spelling of challenging words. The last segment Schreiben (writing) fuses all the vocabulary into a writing topic. Students now use their knowledge of the topic to write their own stories.

8. Grade (age 13) GERMAN 4 - Competency Level: Common framework level B1.

Advanced German required. In grade 8 students will write short essays in anticipation of the DSD 1 examination with focus on topics of their choice. A good command of grammatical nuts and bolts of the German language is expected. Students will discuss pro/con arguments about contemporary topics expanding the communication skills. We will include short articles from newspapers, and continue to view and discuss short German films. We continue with Deutsch mit Grips 2.

DSD I Preparatory Course

The GISSV preparatory course for the DSD1 exam prepares students at the B1 level (intermediate) of German. The written and oral exam take place March/April each year. The passing of the DSD 1 exam is based on the following competencies: (see also europass):


Understanding – Listening


I can understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. I can understand the main point of many radio or TV programs on current affairs or topics of personal or professional interest when the delivery is relatively slow and clear.


Understanding – Reading

I can understand texts that consist mainly of high frequency every day or job-related language. I can understand the description of events, feelings and wishes in personal letters.


Speaking – Spoken Interaction

I can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst traveling in an area where the language is spoken. I can enter unprepared into conversation on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or pertinent to everyday life (e.g. family, hobbies, work, travel and current events).


Speaking – Spoken Production


I can connect phrases in a simple way in order to describe experiences and events, my dreams, hopes and ambitions. I can briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans. I can narrate a story or relate the plot of a book or film and describe my reactions.

Writing


I can write a simple text on topics familiar to me or of personal interest. I can write personal letters describing experiences and impressions.


Grade 9 (ages 14-15) GERMAN 4 HONORS - Competency Level: Common framework level B1/B2

This course has been designed to students with strong background in German that includes formal training and/or continuing students. The course will rapidly advance student’s German language skills with a focus on the German language skills in four areas: speaking, writing, listening, and reading.We have designed the course for students to review and advance their basic skills in expectation that they will take the DSD 2 exam administered December/ January each year.

The primary emphasis is to extend the comprehension, communicative and writing abilities in the language. As an intermediate communication and composition course students will have opportunities to improve their communication and compositional skills by writing and speaking about specific topic in Germany. Students complete some assignments at home online. We continue with Deutsch mit Grips 3.

10. Grade - Teenager (ages 15-16) - GERMAN 5 - Competency level: Common framework level B2/C1

We have designed this class for students with an advanced level in German, but are interested in redefining and further improving their skills for the purpose of living and/or studying in a German-speaking country. Students develop a solid understanding in the four areas of speaking, writing, listening, and reading. We have incorporated literary texts, and age-related topics such as Health, Modern Inventions, Life After School, and Career perspectives. Students will complete additional assignments at home online. We continue with Deutsch mit Grips 3.

DSD 2 Preparation Course (ages 14-16)

The Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz (German Language Diploma of the Education Ministers Conference), or short DSD of KMK, can be obtained by high school students as a certificate proving German language proficiency on two levels. The exams are designed to test the language proficiency level ranging from A2 – B1 and from B2 – C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and test the listening comprehension, reading comprehension, writing skills, and oral communication of the candidate. While the Deutsche Sprachdiplom on the first level provides students with the linguistic qualification for the Studienkolleg, which offers preparatory courses for students to eventually attend a university, the German Language Diploma on the second level provides the linguistic qualification for advanced studies at a German College or University. The exam is aligned with school-leaving examinations in Germany.

Students will be tested in four sections: Reading comprehension (85 minutes), Listening comprehension (50 minutes), Written communication, (120 minutes), and Speaking comprehension (40 minutes). Each section accounts for 25% of the exam. Students can score per section a maximum of 24 points. The total amount of acquired points of each section will determine the level of language proficiency.

Written Exam

Maximum Points


Percentage %

Points for C1

Points for B2


Reading Comprehension

24

25%

24-14

13-8

Listening Comprehension


24

25%

24-14


13-8

Written Communication

24

25%24-1413-8
72

75%


40

24


Oral Communication


25%






The GISSV preparatory course for the DSD2 exam prepares students at the C1 level (advanced) of German as described below:


Understanding – Listening


I can understand extended speech even when it is not clearly structured and when relationships are only implied and not signaled explicitly. I can understand television programs and films without too much effort.


Understanding – Reading


I can understand long and complex factual and literary texts, appreciating distinctions of style. I can understand specialized articles and longer technical instructions, even when they do not relate to my field.


Speaking – Spoken Interaction


I can express myself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. I can use language flexibly and effectively for social and professional purposes. I can formulate ideas and opinions with precision and relate my contribution skillfully to those of other speakers.


Speaking – Spoken Production


I can present clear, detailed descriptions of complex subjects integrating sub-themes, developing particular points and rounding off with an appropriate conclusion.


Writing


I can express myself in clear, well-structured text, expressing points of view at some length. I can write about complex subjects in a letter, an essay or a report, underlining what I consider to be the salient issues. I can select a style appropriate to the reader in mind.


Advanced Placement (AP) Course (ages 14-16)

We have designed this class for students with an advanced level in German, but are interested in redefining and further improving their skills for the purpose of living and/or studying in a German-speaking country. We prepare students for the AP German Language and Culture exam, administered in May. The materials include a variety of literary, listening texts and visual materials.

German Beginner Course (ages 8-12)

Prerequisites for the course: Curiosity. The course will introduce you to the German language and help you develop a general understanding of the cultures, values, attitudes and traditions of the German-speaking countries. We provide many opportunities for students to practice realistic German on topics dealing with every-day events and situations as well as to work with authentic German texts. The materials and activities in this course, intended for advanced beginners of German, are designed to introduce and develop German language skills in four areas: speaking, writing, listening, and reading. Students complete some basic assignments at home, which then become the basis for student-to-student interaction, and small group work. For instance, if students learn about the different languages spoken the world, they have to prepare a country assignment at home, and work with other students in class to create a world map with different languages.

The book chosen for the course Das neue Deutschmobil 1 and 2 consists of three volumes each emphasizing sequentially the various skills levels with a primary emphasis on speaking and reading. Starting with Das neue Deutschmobil 1 students will gradually move from competency level A1 to A2 when using Das neue Deutschmobil 3 following the The Common European Framework of Reference for Language. From beginner level to elementary skill level, we emphasize communication as well as attention to formal accuracy. A complete first-year program designed for children at the age of 7 and 8, Das neue Deutschmobil 2 offers a communicative introduction to the German language and culture. The kids’ friendly layout of the book and the appropriate language incorporates songs, poems, rhymes, and many group exercises that encourage creativity and independent learning. The activities emphasize the acquisition of communicative as well as cultural competence without sacrificing attention to formal and structural patterns in the language.

Each of Das neue Deutschmobil book consists of fourteen chapters with focus on particular topics. Each student has to master some basic assignments summarizing their learning experience. For instance, in chapter four of book one, students learn about family Härtel and names of individual family members and relatives such as der Onkel, die Tante, or die Geschwister. Students are asked to introduce their own family, what their parents do professionally, and introduce their favorite pet. At the end of each book student find an Alphabetische Wörterliste (An alphabetical word list) structured with definite articles and their corresponding chapter and page reference. A corresponding Arbeitsbuch (workbook) and CD-Rom with songs, poems, and listening exercises enables students to work creatively with the materials introduced in class. Although not considered the focal point of the instruction at this point, we will regularly introduce some basic grammar points as they provide the underpinning for the communicative activities.

Adult Curriculum

Adult Level - Beginners & Continuing (1 & 2) - Competency level: Common framework level A1/A2

We have designed this course to addresses those individual students who wish to learn German for academic or professional reasons or students just interested in learning German.

Adult level beginners focus on learning the basics of German pronunciation and comprehension that includes building grammar and conversation skills related to everyday topics such as the family, environment, shopping, daily routines and life in Germany.

Adult level continuing assumes some basic understanding of German that includes days of the week, expressions of time, simple questions, basic grammatical elements, gender, modal verbs, and the present and past tenses. With each chapter of the course material students acquire a vocabulary of core verbs (beginners around 25 verbs and continuing 40). Students complete some assignments online.

Adult Intermediate Level - (1 & 2) - Competency level: Common framework level A2-B1

Like the Adult Level beginners classes we have designed this course to address those individual students who wish to learn German for academic or professional reasons or students just interested in advancing their German.

At the Intermediate level - or second year of formal German language instruction - we review and expand the knowledge of the German language structure. The primary emphasis is to extend comprehension, communicative and writing abilities in the target language. As an intermediate composition course students will be given many opportunities to improve their conversational skills by speaking and reading about specific topic such as foreigners in Germany or the status of the love parade in Germany. The primary text, Stationen, consists of a textbook combined with a workbook and online lab manual. These materials will help students to work with the language in a variety of media and forms that complement each other.

Business German for Beginners - Geschäftsdeutsch - Competency level: Common framework level A2 Prerequisite: one year of formal German instruction

We have designed this course for students interested in the German business language. The course is suitable for students with one year offormal training in German. Students will learn about the economy, industry, commerce, transportation and banking, and other sectors of German business. The course aims at international business students and employees with companies doing business in the German speaking world. We have designed the course to prepare students to pass the Prüfung Wirtschaftsdeutsch International (PWD) examination, a widely recognized exam that demonstrates proficiency in business German at an advanced level.

German Topics Class – Introduction Germany - in English

We have designed this course for students and adults who have a general interest in Germany but no training in German. We will introduce students to a variety of topics such as the German education & apprenticeship system, German Unification, the German health care system, the reception of the Holocaust in Postwar Germany, Germany’s role in Europe, and other topics.

German Film Class – in English

Taught in English this course will offer an overview of German Film from Expressionism to contemporary film. The course aims at students and adults who have a general interest in German culture.

Introduction into German Literature – in German

Taught in German this course will offer an introduction into key texts of German literature. The course aims at students and adults who have a general interest in German culture and enjoy discussing them.

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