Adult Classes

The German School of the East Bay offers four different types of Adult German classes.

Class Title: Adult German I
Grade Level: Adult
Class Description: This course is designed for the adult learner with no prior or only a little knowledge of German. The primary focus of the class is to develop basic communication skills and to introduce commonly used vocabulary.  Listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills are practiced in every lesson, and grammar is addressed and explained.  Information about German culture, geography, and traditions are incorporated to enrich the process of language acquisition.
Class Times:
– 01:00 pm – 03:30 pm, Adult German 1 Beginner Level (#21503)

Class Title: Adult German 2
Grade Level: Adult
Class Description: Adult German 2 is for you if you have: a) completed a Beginning German class; b) taken some German classes in the past and want to refresh your skills; or c) have been exposed to German and can understand and speak some even though your command of the grammar might be a bit shaky.  Regardless of the route by which you have learned German up to this point, you nonetheless have mastered some basic skills like present tense verb conjugation and are able to carry on a basic conversation such as introducing yourself, telling time, and making requests.  This class is for you if you are looking to improve your skills in a relaxed environment along with other friendly and like-minded people, and you want to work on speaking and listening as well as reading and writing.  You will be able to learn a healthy dose of German grammar but with an emphasis on those aspects that are most important to conversational German, for example, the different verb tenses, sentence structure, questions and polite requests.  After taking the class, you will be able to confidently have a Kaffeeklatsch with great aunt Lieselotte back in the old country, successfully order the Bratwurst you desire at the Oktoberfest, or strike up a conversation with the locals in a trendy café in Berlin.  Most importantly, you will have fun!
Class Times:
– 01:00 pm – 03:30 pm, Adult German 2 Intermediate Level (#21505)

Class Title: Adult German 3
Grade Level: Adult
Class Description: Students in this class will read a text prepared by the instructor or taken from a German newspaper and covering a current event or topic in Germany.  They will discuss new vocabulary, phrases, and idioms as well as cultural aspects and attitudes related to the text.  Questions and answers about content and inferences give each student the opportunity to speak and express their understanding at their level.  Students will review key vocabulary during the next session.  Each Saturday, a specific portion of grammar will be reviewed, often gleaned from the text or upon request of a student.  The final portion of the class will focus on a reading selection, somewhat easier than the text. Vocabulary, phrases, and idioms will be practiced with attention to fluency rather than grammar.  Occasionally, students will sing a song or become acquainted with a German poem.
Prerequisites: Student should be able to follow a simple German conversation, have a good understanding of grammar, and be able to read German short stories and other regular texts.z
Class Times:
– 09:30 am – 12:00 pm, Adult German 3 Advanced Level (#21506)

Class Title: Literatur Club
Grade Level: Adult
Class Description: The Literatur Club  is for the adult student whose skill level is at the high-intermediate to advanced level of proficiency in German.  Students will read and discuss a variety of contemporary German literary texts and excerpts from German newspapers and Internet sources.  A typical class session will begin with the introduction and discussion of a contemporary literary text during the first hour and then, during the second half, introduce a text (occasionally a video) dealing with contemporary cultural or political issues in German speaking countries, chosen from Internet sources, typically online German newspapers.
Note: Students should be prepared to read the texts to be discussed in class ahead of time.  The class will be conducted in German, and each participant is encouraged and expected to contribute regularly to the discussions. Questions are particularly welcome as important contributions to an active and lively class. Each participant is encouraged to give a mini-presentation in class (typically 5-10 minutes) on a topic of individual choice. This is a voluntary assignment.
Class Times:
– 09:30 am – 12:00 pm, Literatur Club (#21552)