The classes listed below are being offered for the 2017-2018 school year. All classes start in mid-August and last for 30 sessions ending around the beginning of 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.
- Thursdays, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm: only adult beginner classes A1-1 and A1-2 are offered
Please note that a class not meeting the minimum student enrollment may be canceled, and in this case the student will have the option to participate in a different class or receive a refund.
Students with no previous knowledge of German will be accepted until the third session of the school year. Students with previous knowledge will be admitted throughout the school year. Books can be purchased at the time of enrollment. Children are placed in a class based on their knowledge and age. A teacher will evaluate their knowledge of German to determine the appropriate class. Adult students can take an assessment test here or talk to the Lead Teacher Adult Classes, Carmen Freeman.
The first day of school is Saturday, August 19th, 2017 and will take place at:
Concordia Lutheran Church
505 S. Kirkwood Rd. (across from The Magic House)
St. Louis, MO 63122
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 4- 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, play and crafts. A book is used, but no writing is needed.
- T2: Children ages 5- 8. 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- 11. This class is for older children who are ready to learn German in a more 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, animals, activities, family, and school subjects. The grammar taught includes articles, present tense verbs, and negation.
- A1-2: Children ages 8 - 12: This class is for children who know all of the above. In addition, they will learn accusative, modal verbs, possessive pronouns, ordinal numbers, imperative, some prepositions and sein and haben in the simple past tense. The topics are: my house and city, birthdays, school, describing animals, travel and German culture and everyday life. Children with native or near native German knowledge can start with this class. Students will prepare for the level-appropriate American AATG Test.
- A2-1: Children ages 9-14: This class is for children who know all of the above. The topics will include hobbies, friendship, comparisons, health, finding your way in a foreign city, more German culture and everyday living. The children will now learn about the present perfect tense, dependent clauses, adjectives, modal verbs in the simple past, the dative case, and prepositions. The children will prepare for the German test “Internationale Vergleichsarbeit A1” and the level-appropriate American AATG Test.
- A2-2: Children ages 10-14: This class is for children who know all of the above. In this class, they will learn about the Präteritum verb tense, additional prepositions, adjective endings, reflexive verbs, relative clauses. The topics will include describing cities, ordering and buying food, historical events, fairytales, media, school and more German culture and everyday living situations in Germany. Students will prepare for the German test “International Vergleichsarbeit A2” and the level-appropriate American AATG-Test.
- 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 original German texts. Students will prepare for the German test DSD1 (Deutsches Sprachdiplom 1) and the level-appropriate AATG test.