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Course Title:
German Language and Culture
Course Code:
Foreign Language
Grade Level:
09, 10, 11, 12
Repeated Semester (Fall: 25 Seats; Spring: 25 Seats; )
15 weeks
An interest in the German language and the German-speaking world along with an interest in drawing connections and comparisons between your own language and country and those in the German-speaking world.

This is an introductory course; no prior knowledge or experience with German is necessary.

Technology Requirements:
Students will need access to Power Point, Quick Time, and Real Player. This course requires students to have access to a computer with headphones, microphone, and software to record voice and save in WAV format. Students must also be able to download MP3 files to school computers. Instructions will be provided for Sound Recorder, used in Windows. Other software may be substituted, as long as it has the ability to record up to 2 minutes of voice in the WAV format.
Additional Requirements:
Accredited by:
Certified by NCAA for initial-eligibility (VHS School Code: 221356); Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools; Northwest Accreditation Commission
Course Requires a Media Kit to be Shipped to Students:
Course Requires a Media Kit to be Purchased by Course Sponsor
(see additional details below):

Are you curious about or drawn to the German language and culture? Would you like to learn a little bit of the language and explore the country with other students from around the world? In this introductory course, you will learn some basic language skills and be introduced to both contemporary and historical German culture.

The fifteen weeks of instruction will balance language and culture, and students will use powerpoint presentations, voice recordings, authentic German websites, German songs, videos and snapshots from the German-speaking world, radio broadcasts, and newspaper/magazine articles to support their learning.

Students can look forward to the following topics: greetings and good-byes; the alphabet and pronunciations; describing themselves, friends, and family members; numbers and counting; telling time; German pronouns and articles; asking and answering basic questions; describing the seasons and weather; describing home; expressing interests and hobbies; talking about food, books, movies, music, and shopping; recognizing basic rules of German word order.

Right alongside these language components, students will also: learn about German geography; learn about famous Germans throughout history; look into contemporary German family life; explore German holidays and celebrations; look into German city life and country life; plan a virtual trip to a city in the German-speaking world; learn about establishments such as restaurants, cafés, museums, and train stations; gain exposure to German music; increase knowledge of fairy tales; and take a look into modern German history.

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This catalog description was last modified on 12/19/2012

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