Introduction to German 1 (GE1v)
2 (yearlong course)
Students begin their introduction to German by focusing on the four key areas of foreign language study: listening, speaking, reading and writing. The course represents an ideal blend of language learning pedagogy and online learning. Each unit consists of a new vocabulary theme and grammar concept, reading and listening comprehension activities, speaking and writing activities, multimedia cultural presentations, and interactive activities and practices, which reinforce vocabulary and grammar. There is a strong emphasis on providing context and conversational examples for the language concepts presented in each unit. Students should expect to be actively engaged in their own language learning, become familiar with common vocabulary terms and phrases, comprehend a wide range of grammar patterns, participate in simple conversations and respond appropriately to basic conversational prompts, analyze and compare cultural practices, products, and perspectives of various German- speaking countries, and take frequent assessments where their language progression can be monitored. The course has been carefully aligned to national standards as set forth by ACTFL (the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). (Grades 7-8)
A stable Internet connection is needed for this class since all work is done online. A minimum connection speed of 5Mbps is required. iPads are not compatible with this course.
This course can be applied towards .5 of high school credit.
When you were an elementary student wrestling with crazy spellings of words like “knee” and “night” and “daughter” did you know that there is a language in which all those silent letters are pronounced? It’s German! Knie (knee) is pronounced just as it is spelled, as are Nacht (night) and Tochter (daughter). English is a mixture of Anglo Saxon and French. The French speaking Normans conquered England in 1066, so common everyday words are from Anglo Saxon and words for royalty, law and fine foods are from the French. Notice which words came from the Germanic language, and which from French.
The German word for man is Mann, for house is Haus and for blouse is Bluse. The French words, homme, maison and chemisier are very different. But English gets the words royal and legislation from the French royal and législation, rather than from the German königlich and Gesetzgebung.
Learning a foreign language can make you think about English. In my Webster’s dictionary, there are 77 definitions for the word “light”. A light can enable me to see, or force traffic to stop, a weight can be light or heavy, and I can light a fire. A German speaker would use different words for each of these meanings: A “Licht” helps me see, the “Ampel” has red, yellow and green lights, if it’s not heavy it’s “leicht” and when it’s cold, I can the fire “anzünden”. (Word order is different in German, too).
Learning a foreign language takes effort, but it is also a lot of fun.
If there are books and materials for this course, they can be purchased from our Online Bookstore.
Mostly, the discussions were about God's Word, and they were as engaging as they can be.