The GSA provides German language classes for adults and children. Classes are taught by highly motivated and experienced teachers, most of whom are native German speakers or Americans with an extensive background in German and prolonged stays in Germany.
The German School is offering the classes below for its 2017-2018 school year. Our classes meet 30 Saturdays from mid-August to beginning/mid-May. Please see our school calendar here on our website. Classes are conducted at the following times:
- Saturdays, 9:00 – noon: all classes listed below are offered.
- Saturday Classes start on August 20th at 9:00 am.
- Thursdays, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm: only adult classes: A1-1, A1-2 and A2-1 are offered.
- Thursday Classes start on August 25th at 6:30 pm.
Please note that a class with below the minimal enrollment may not be offered, and in this case the student may be directed to a different class.
The official enrollment date (at which time we will be selling books and assessing students to be sure they are enrolled in the appropriate class) is Thursday, August 18th, 6-8 pm at our location:
St. Paul's Lutheran School
1300 North Ballas Road
Des Peres, MO 63131
If you are an adult with some German knowledge, you can also go to the page “German on the Web” and complete a self-assessment /proficiency test.
Here is an overview of our classes.
A1-1: Students start at the very beginning, assuming they have little to no knowledge of German. You will focus on understanding, speaking, reading and writing German as well as on German grammar.
A1-2: You know articles, conjugation of verbs in the present tense, separable prefix verbs, modal verbs, the accusative case, and several prepositions, but need to learn the present perfect tense, the dative, additional prepositions, and more sophisticated sentence structures.
A2-1: You know all the above topics, can introduce yourself and speak for one minute on everyday events, but need to learn verbs requiring the dative, accusative and dative pronouns, modal verbs in the Präteritum verb tense, dependent clauses with weil and wenn, and conjunctive and passive tense.
A2-2: You know all the above topics and feel comfortable talking about yourself and everyday events for two minutes. You would like to learn adjective endings, reflexive pronouns, relative pronouns, and Präteritum (regular and irregular verbs).
B1: You know all the above and can hold a conversation about your day and everyday topics. You still want to expand your vocabulary, review grammar and deepen your understanding.
B2: You know all of the above, can hold a conversation about your day and everyday topics using more advanced sentence structure and grammar. You would like to expand your vocabulary to reach a native speaker level and seek to know rarely used grammar in newspapers and literature.
C1: You have reached a native speaker level, enjoy reading German newspapers, read German literature and are looking for a group of people with whom to practice your German in a fun and challenging way.
T1: Children ages 3-5 (6). This class is for children who are not yet able to read or write. The children learn German through pictures, singing, questions and answers, and play and crafts. A book is used, but no writing is needed.
T2: Children ages 5-7. This class is for children who are starting to read and write. The children learn in a more structured way, including greetings, animals, colors, food, etc. A book is used, leaving generous space for writing words and short sentences.
A1-1: Children ages 7-10. This class is for older children who would like to start German in a structured way, including written homework and listening/writing tasks using a CD and CD-player at home. This class starts our main book series and is the basis for the subsequent classes. The topics include: greetings, numbers, introducing oneself, speaking about the school, school subjects, and animals. The grammar taught includes articles, present tense verbs, and the accusative case.
A1-2: Children ages 7-10: This class is for children who know all of the above, and they will also learn modal verbs, possessive pronouns and prepositions. The topics are: family, birthdays, school, Germany and everyday life. Children with native or near native German knowledge can start with this class.
A2-1: Children ages 9-13: This class is for children who know all of the above, and they will now learn about the present perfect tense, adjectives, the dative case, and prepositions. The topics will include friendship, class excursions, sports, clothing and food.
A2-2: Children ages 11-14: This class is for children who know all of the above, and in this class they will learn about dependent clauses, the Präteritum verb tense and additional prepositions. The topics will include parties, fashion, a crime story, houses and furniture, allowance, and German culture.
B1/B2: Children ages 13-17: This class is for children who know all of the above, and can talk about themselves, daily events and family for one to two minutes. They will improve their ability to use dependent clauses and other higher level grammar skills. In this class, the children will work on projects and start reading true German texts.
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