I grew up between California and the Black Forest in Southern Germany. I took my bilingualism and biculturalism for granted--until I began studying art. Visual art is a nonverbal language, and--like all languages--a gateway to critical questioning and deep understanding. Indeed, I was less interested in the art than what it made viewers think and say.
Alle Klassen treffen sich am Mountain-View-Campus der GISSV (310 Easy Street).
Offen für jeden, der Deutsch lernen möchte
Unter der Leitung von Fr. Marsh finden Samstagmorgens an der GISSV Mountain View über 30 Deutschkurse statt, für Schüler im Kleinkindalter über Grundschule, Sekundarstufe, und Erwachsenenprogramm. Das umfassende Kurrikulum der GISSV Samstagsschule begleitet Schüler in jedem Alter von Beginnerkompetenz bis zum fortgeschrittenen B2/C1 CEFR Spachlevel (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). Mehrere Spracheinstiegsmöglichkeiten werden für jede Altersstufe geboten.
Für Kinder im Vorschulalter bieten wir Spielgruppen und Kindergartengruppen, die durch projektbezogenes, thematisches Lernen liebevoll an die deutsche Sprache heranführen.
Unser Grundschulprogramm ist für Kinder in den US Schulklassen 1-6. Das Grundschulkurrikulum folgt dem der GISSV für Klassen 1-4, basierend auf dem Thüringer Kernkurrikulum für Deutschunterricht in Deutschland. Ab der Grundschule ist unser Kurrikulum auch an die Richtlinien von DaF (deutsch als Fremdsprache), CEFR und ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) angepasst.
Ziel der Sekundarstufe ist der erfolgreiche Abschluss des AP German Examens, sowie den der DSDI und DSDII Examen (Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz). Hierzu werden wir von der ZfA (Zentralstelle für das Auslandsschulwesen) betreut. In unseren Klassen 7-10 werden Schüler für die fortgeschritten Sprachlevel (B1-C1 CEFR) dieser Examen vorbereitet; diese Klassen können auch an US High Schools und Colleges als Foreign Language Requirement anerkannt werden. Examen-spezifische Kurse verhelfen Schülern zusätzlich zum Erfolg, und bahnen den Weg für das Studium in Deutschland.
Unser Erwachsenenprogramm bietet einen schwungvollen Einsteig in die deutsche Sprache, in dem Schüler in jedem Jahr einen CEFR level durchschreiten (A1-B2). Zusätzliche Kurstermine werden an Dienstag- und Mittwochabenden angeboten.
In allen Altersstufen wird ausschließlich auf Deutsch unterrichtet, und die vier Sprachkompetenzen Verstehen-Sprechen-Lesen-Schreiben werden alters-und levelgerecht gleichsam gefördert. Kleine Klassengrößen (max. 9-10) ermöglichen Lehrern zudem gezielte Arbeit mit einzelnen Schülern.
Unser Unterricht betont neben den akademischen Aspekten des Spachunterrichts auch einen Bezug zur deutschen Kultur und deutschen Themen; so feiern alle Schüler jedes Jahr gemeinsam ein Laternenfest, Weihnachtsmarkt, Fasching, und Abschlussfest. Die Lehrer der Vorschule und Grundschule zelebrieren zudem weitere deutsche Feiertage im Klassenzimmer. Schüler der Sekundars
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.
- 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
- 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
- We offer innovative teaching approaches placing the needs and interests of the student at the center
- We offer up-to-date teaching technologies to enhance the learning experience of German
- We have designed a total immersion program in a sequential, cumulative, continuous, and proficiency-oriented grade school sequence meeting the requirements of The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), the German Language Diploma (DSD - Deutsche Sprachdiplom) and the German Advanced Placement Test (AP)
- Our international and ethnically diverse staff is well qualified, experienced and linked to the Bay area business community and local universities (Stanford University, UC Berkeley,The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and San Francisco State University)
A new language opens doors for you. I have experienced this phenomenon in several situations during my life; first as an exchange-student in Scotland, where my host-family "adopted" me as their fourth child, and then in Russia, where we moved temporarily into Grandma's dacha, and now as I'm working in the US.
I moved to the Bay Area from Costa Rica in 2003 to expand my pursuit of new ways to meet multi-lingual challenges. I hold Bachelors of Arts degrees in German and English Language and Literature from the University of Osijek, Croatia, as well as a Bachelors of Arts degree in Spanish from the Escuela Oficial de Idiomas, Barcelona, Spain.
While studying in Germany, I used my summer breaks to work as a counselor at a camp for underprivileged girls on Long Island, NY. I coincidentally picked up a job for the company that initially set me up with the camp job and ended up working as an interviewer and advisor for them for the last eight years.
Learning a new language usually makes people laugh.I certainly did.I laughed through high school German classes in Eureka, California, where I grew up, and through a year in Germany as a high school exchange student, and through upper division college German courses. Of course, languages are serious business.
Native from Germany, my family and I have lived in the US since more than 20 years.Our journey began in New York and then Boston were both my husband and I worked as scientists in the Biotech Industry. After our 3 children were born, I decided to transfer into the field of education, which was a very rewarding experience.
I was born and raised just outside of Trier, the oldest city in Germany. I lived in Mainz for graduate school, then romantic Heidelberg, where I started my first job in the IT industry. After that I resided in Munich, the capital of Bavaria – famous for Oktoberfest.
I was born in Poland and moved to Germany at the age of 6. When I entered the first grade, I didn't speak any German at all. Maybe it was because of my great appreciation for my first teachers, who supported and nourished my joy of learning and my self-confidence in this new situation, that I decided to become a teacher myself.
I grew up in a small town in South Germany and spend most of my life in this area. After traveling whenever I could, I decided to settle down for a few years in a country that I love: California. I'm in my second year now and I enjoy it every single day.
When my father accepted an assignment abroad, I found myself at a German Auslandschule at age 8. Like most expatriate children, I did not speak the local language. Yet, I was always envious of the bilingual/bicultural students in school who could function in both worlds. Years later, I wanted my daughter to also benefit from speaking all the languages in her background – which got her stuck growing up with four languages.
I was born and raised in Iran. After graduating from high school, for the purpose of gaining new experiences in life, I decided to leave my homeland and migrate to Germany. I got there my master degrees in Textile-Design and German as a second and foreign language. So Word and image are elements that help me to make a contribution to the education.
I grew up in Southern Germany, a 5 minute drive from the French border. After finishing my degree in German and Biology at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg, I spent nine months traveling in different countries around the world practicing my English and Spanish, and had an absolutely wonderful experience.
I love children. I enjoy working with them. I appreciate their light-hearted and positive attitude.Originally, I am from Stuttgart, Germany, where I received my teaching degree for Elementary and Secondary School.
I am from Hildesheim, Germany, and have lived in Berlin, Vienna, and toured in many countries as a dancer and musician, learning to appreciate languages and various cultures. I have lived in California since the early 90's and married an English teacher.
My parents and teachers emphasized how important it is to learn English. "It is the language that opens many doors," they said. Of course, they were right; when we moved to the U.S. speaking English made the new beginning so much easier.
I am from Bad Kreuznach, Germany. I have received the state license for social pedagogy in 2011 from the Fachschule Kreuznacher Diakonie.
My professional experience as a scientist gave me the opportunity to experience other languages and cultures while working in scientific research laboratories in the U.S. and in Oxford, UK, and traveling to international conferences. I enjoy the exposure to different cultures, but it also makes me appreciate more my cultural background.
I grew up in Germany and live in the Bay area for about 4 years now. When I was in Germany I was teaching English to high-school age children in my free time, and after moving to the US I found the GISSV, where I started giving adult classes last year.
I was born and raised in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and speak both Uzbek and Russian fluently. In my high school years I became interested in German, and wished to one day be able to study at a University in Germany. After finishing my first Master's Degree in Tashkent, I received a scholarship from DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) to study in Germany.
I am originally from Austria but have been in the Bay Area for the last 10 years. I originally wanted to stay here for one year and then move on to work and live in France. I am still here and I am so glad I found the GISSV Saturday School.
My greatest experience as a teenager was coming to America as an exchange student. All my hard work of studying English while growing up in Germany paid off. Knowing the language helped me to make wonderful, lifelong friends.
Literature and language arts have always been near to my heart. Growing up in Berlin, the capital of Germany, I immerged myself in the arts through books and theater. In the late 1990s my husband and I came to Silicon Valley and fell in love with the area. We decided to settle and raise our family here.
It is 15 years ago that I embarked on the journey of raising bilingual children. Back then, I lived and worked in the English-speaking part of Canada, was married to an Englishman and was expecting my first child. Now I have four children, born in 2003, 2006, 2010, and 2012.
I am from Berlin and moved to the Bay Area this summer. I started working at the GISSV Kibili in the owl group (preschool-class). I graduated from a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education in Germany in 2014.
I am from a small town in Germany in Brandenburg and I moved to the Bay Area together with my husband and my little son five years ago.After studying in Leipzig and Berlin, I hold a Diploma, a German equivalent of a Master's degree, in Political Science from the Free University of Berlin in Germany.
- Is German a prerequisite for my child to attend?
- Can my child start school at the beginning of the second semester?
- How are students placed?
- If I / my child have never taken a German language class what course is appropriate?
- How can parents actively participate in the German Saturday School?
- I / My child registered for a course that is either too difficult or too easy. What should I do?
- As a native or heritage speaker of German, do I have to take a placement exam?
- My children come from a German speaking background, however, we do not speak German at home. How do you place our child?
- How do I register?
- Does the German Saturday School follow the regular school calendar?
- What is the earliest age my child can attend the German Saturday School?
- Is it possible for my child to start at German Saturday School partway through the year?
- What materials or text books will my child need?
- Will there be any homework?
- Are all the teachers at German Saturday School native speakers?
- Do the classes match up with regular school classes and will my child change classes each year?
- Can I arrange to have a tour of the Saturday School at GISSV?
- What are the fees for the German Saturday School and when do I have to pay them?
- Is there a report system in place?
- What are the hours of the school?
- Where is the school located?
- How big are the classes?
- Can I attend a class to get a first impression of how things work?