• German

    German is only offered as a 2-year language option. Successful completion of both of these courses meets the World Language Graduation requirement. However, there is not the option to continue with high level German courses. Note: Students currently taking German 3-4 can forecast levels above German 3-4.

    German 1-2: (Offered 2021-22 School Year) Course credit earned: World Language or Elective (1.0) may be taken only once for credit. No Prerequisite Grades 9-12 Did you know that German is considered the sister language to English? Did you know we share many common words, and some are identical, such as hand, arm, and finger? It is not as hard as has been thought to learn to speak and write German. Semesters 1-2 focus on hearing and understanding the language, learning to say and write things for basic expression in interpersonal situations. We use many ways to get there, including remaining 100% in German during class, active dialoguing, music, storytelling, and creative play. Our goal will be to make learning go smoothly by making it enjoyable, and you can count on improving your speaking skills. The intended minimum outcome of this class is a novice-mid level with studied topics on the ACTFL scale. German 3-4: (Offered 2022-23 School Year) Course credit earned: World Language or Elective(1.0) may be taken only once for credit. Prerequisite: German 1-2 or teacher approval Grades 9-12 German semesters 3-4 continues to focus on hearing and understanding the language, expanding the number and type of language functions through seeking topics of interest and cultural comparison. Additionally, we continue to remain 100% in German during class, actively dialoguing, listening to music, storytelling and creative play. Building on skills from first year that can be characterized as language in small chunks, in German 3-4 we combine them into longer, purposeful strings.; We will read more and write more, and continue to enjoy our new skills and learn together as a community. The intended minimum outcome of this class is a novice-high level on the ACTFL scale.

     

    German 5-6: Course credit earned: World Language or Elective (1.0) may be taken only once for credit. Prerequisite: German 3-4 or teacher approval Grades 9-12 German semesters 5 & 6 begin to move beyond topics of personal interest to topics of community concern. Students at this level can normally sustain sentences and will work toward paragraphs and longer speaking & writing. Reading and writing for different purposes in German increase at this level. Furthermore, as we gain competence as speakers, writers, and readers, we take time to refine our accuracy and understanding of grammar. Naturally, we continue to remain 100% German during class. The intended minimum outcome of this class is intermediate-low level on the ACTFL scale.

     

    German 7-8: Course credit earned: World Language or Elective (1.0) may be taken only once for credit. Prerequisite: German 5-6 or teacher approval Grades 9-12 German semesters 7 & 8 continue with topics that go beyond personal interest to topics of community concern. Text length will increase as well as writing. Students at this level work toward consecutive paragraphs and more academic speaking & writing for a variety of purposes in German. Furthermore, as we gain competence as speakers, writers, and readers, we take time to refine our accuracy through a deepened understanding of structures. Naturally, we continue to remain 100% German during class. The intended minimum outcome of this class is intermediate-mid level on the ACTFL scale.