Middle/High School, from grade 6, advanced
Students work further on expanding their vocabulary, grammar knowledge, and reading, writing and listening skills. We use a level-appropriate German textbook, but the students will also watch videos, work online, read and discuss at least one book together, and work on projects and presentations.
The students will take the AATG (American Association of Teachers of German) exam from 7th grade and take the A2 exam by the ZfA (Zentralstelle für das Auslandschulwesen) when they are in 7th or 8th grade.
Prerequisites: This class is open to German speakers with advanced language skills. The students can understand and speak German, maintain a conversation, and write in German. The students know nouns, verbs, adjectives, and conjunctions in German, can use the past tense and have passed the A1 Test (ZfA) successfully (3 stars in each category).
High School, from grade 9, advanced
The DSD preparation classes are intended to prepare students who intend to study in Germany for the DSD (Deutsches Sprachdiplom), a globally administered test by the German government’s ZfA, Zentralstelle für das Auslandsschulwesen. DSD I is required for admission to Studienkollegs (1-year college prep institutions) in Germany.
The class serves students between 14 – 16 years (9th grade and up). Students study different types of literature, get an insight of modern German history, and learn about the culture of the German-speaking countries of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. They review grammar and spelling, and expand their oral and written vocabulary. Students are prepared to take the third level of the Common European Framework of Reference of Languages (CEFRL) – the so-called Deutsche Sprachdiplom I (DSD I).
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High School, from grade 10, advanced
The DSD preparation classes are intended to prepare students who intend to study in Germany for the DSD (Deutsches Sprachdiplom), a globally administered test by the German government’s ZfA, Zentralstelle für das Auslandsschulwesen.
The DSD II class serves high school and college students (16 up to 20 years old). Building on their DSD I foundation or similar prior proficiency, the students progress from exploratory and descriptive use of language to critical analysis of current topics, like globalization, mobility, and 21st century learning. In class and at home, the students work with printed and digital media, including an online learning platform hosted by the German Federal Foreign Office. During the exam, the students will compose a two-hour persuasive essay and prepare two analytical presentations. Successful exam grades correspond to levels B2 or C1 of the CEFRL. A few of our alumni are already enrolled at German universities.
The AP® German exam is administered in May each year. The course follows the College Board guidelines for the AP® curriculum. AP courses are considered college-level courses, and after passing the exam with a score of at least 3, the students may receive college credit. GSEB prepares the students, but can not administer the test, or sign up the students. Test locations in the past were GISSV in Mountain View, H.S. Albany (subject to change).
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