PreK/K

Depending on interest and teacher availability we may be able to offer classes for younger students again. Please fill out this form so we know how many families are interested and can plan accordingly. Thank you!


Elementary Grades

We are offering elementary grade classes for intermediate to advanced skill levels. Elementary students are placed in classes together with similar skills and ages.

 

Levels: Advanced + intermediate

The classes will cover topics like “about me”, animals, hobbies, family, food, etc. The focus is on the spoken language, while introducing the German alphabet, grammar, spelling etc. in an age-appropriate, playful and engaging way. The class will be taught immersion style whenever possible, so the students can expand their vocabulary through games, songs, seasonal crafts, and story-time. The students will work with textbooks that fit their level.

Prerequisites: These classes are open to German speakers with intermediate to advanced language skills.

Levels: Advanced + intermediate

At this stage, students will work on their German reading and writing skills with short stories and informational texts. They practice giving short presentations in class, expand their German vocabulary and dive deeper into the grammar. The students will work with textbooks that fit their level.

Prerequisites: These classes are open to German speakers with intermediate to advanced language skills.

Testing: Students in the advanced class will take the A1 exam by the ZfA (Zentralstelle für das Auslandsschulwesen) in March 2023.

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Please note that class offerings are subject to change, depending on enrollment. For most classes the minimum enrollment is 6 students, the maximum is 12 students.

Middle School & High School

Classes for teenagers require advanced skill levels.

Middle School, grade 7+, 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.

At the end of this level, the students will have finished the A2 curriculum. The students will take the AATG (American Association of Teachers of German) exam and start to prepare for the A2 exam by the ZfA (Zentralstelle für das Auslandschulwesen).

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).

Please note: This class may be online, not in person.

Minimum enrollment: 6

High School, 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 of the age of 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, 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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Please note that class offerings are subject to change, depending on enrollment. For most classes the minimum enrollment is 6 students, the maximum is 12 students.

Questions?

Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.