CHILDREN & TEEN CLASSES

CHILDREN & TEEN CLASSES2018-10-13T20:09:12+00:00

About our Children and Teen classes

Our children and teen classes are divided into levels with efforts to ensure that the age difference is no more than three years within each classroom. Rather than corresponding to public school grade levels, our classes are grouped by language proficiency as well as age. This allows more flexibility in assigning students into a level that will challenge them at their own pace while promoting confidence and self-esteem within our engaging and sound scholastic environment. Below are the classes we offer at each campus. Click on the tabs below to view a description of each class. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us!

Novato Classes

Pre-Kindergarten (Ages 3-5)

A playful first approach to German for our youngest students! Through German games, songs, crafts and movement activities, children are immersed into the German language. The emphasis is all on learning by doing, all language levels welcome. Children must be potty-trained!

Kindergarten/Youth Grade 1 (Ages 5-7)

In this class, children approach the German language in a playful, hands-on way. Through poems, circle games, songs and rhymes, storybooks, and art projects, the children learn basic vocabulary and grammar. The children are also introduced to the German letter/ sounds system in a careful, age-appropriate way, and learn to read and write their first words in German. Lessons revolve around themes like family, animals, colors, food, clothing, body, nature, months, weekdays, seasons, and holidays.

All language levels welcome!

Youth Grade 2 (Ages 7-8)

In this level, children will expand on all four skills of listening, speaking, writing, and reading. They will reinforce and build on vocabulary learned in lower grades such as: knowing the German alphabet, numbers, colors, days, months, basic greetings and counting. The children will learn to ask and answer basic questions in complete sentences, talk about German pastime favorites, read and comprehend short, age appropriate stories, and write simple sentences with correct spelling and punctuation. Culture and holiday tradition in German speaking countries is also taught.

Learning materials for this class include a textbook, handouts and worksheets about a variety of topics, as well as posters and other material and media. To further learning throughout the week, a weekly homework assignment is given.

Youth Grade 3-5 (Ages 8-9)

Students in this class will strengthen all four language skill levels: listening, speaking, reading and writing. They learn to understand age-appropriate texts and audios, play vocabulary and grammar games, write their own stories in German, and explore the culture of German speaking countries through project-based learning. Students in this class are given the opportunity to take the “A1 Stufenprüfung” (Level A1 German exam for children) in spring.

Youth Grade 5+ Beginner & Intermediate (Ages 10 and up)

Typically this class is designed for students grade 5 and up, with no or very little prior knowledge of German, however in our Santa Rosa campus the class grade level can be adjusted depending on the students. With the help of age-appropriate themes and activities, students will acquire basic skills in understanding, speaking, reading and writing, and also learn about the German culture. Depending on study intensity and age, students will be able to move up to one of the regular classes (Level 4, Level 5, or Adult) after approximately two years. Students in this class have the opportunity to participate in the AATG National German Exam Competition (Level I).

Youth Grade 6-8 Exam Prep (Age 10-13)

This class is geared towards students with intermediate (or higher) knowledge of German. Throughout the school year, students in this level will learn to speak German in complete sentences and ask and answer questions about topics covered. They will write German in complete and complex sentences with correct punctuation. Additionally, they will read and understand more complex German texts like newspaper articles, magazines, online articles as well as age-appropriate literature such as novels for young readers. Students will understand, engage in, and follow conversations held exclusively in German. In this class, students have the opportunity to prepare for Stufenprüfung A2.

Youth Grade 8+ Exam Prep (Age 13 and up)

This class is geared towards students with advanced knowledge of German. In this level students will read and understand various German texts such as newspaper articles, reports, and literature. They will write letters, essays, summaries, and opinions using complex sentence structure. Students will give oral reports on subjects of interest and also give oral summaries of stories/articles using expanding language that reflects new vocabulary words. In this class, students have the opportunity to prepare for the Deutsche Sprachdiplom I, the AP German Exam, and the SAT Subject Test German.

Exam Prep Classes (Age 13 and up)

Students have the opportunity to prepare for various language exams at our school. For a detailed description of the different exams offered, please see the section “Exams & Preparation”.

Stufenprüfung A1:
Preparation for this basic level exam is usually integrated into the coursework of Youth Grade 4 and Youth Grade 5-7. The exam is administered in spring (Feb-April) at our school.

Stufenprüfung A2, Deutsches Sprachdiplom (DSD) Level I, AP German Exam, SAT Subject Test German:
Students can prepare for these intermediate to advanced level exams in Youth Grade 8+. As the best age/ grade to take a particular exam varies from student to student, and is based on their language skills, particular needs and motivation, the teacher will recommend students for particular exams at the beginning of the school year, and discuss a suitable exam plan with each family.

Preparation for the different exams is integrated into the regular coursework of the class. In addition, exam students will meet after school for an extra half hour (12-12.30pm), once or twice a month. During these after school meetings, students become familiar with the requirements of the particular exam they wish to take, such as reading and listening comprehension, essay writing, and giving oral presentations on cultural topics. Exam preparation is included in the student’s regular class tuition. However, some additional costs for books and material may apply, as well as registration fees for the AP German Exam and the SAT Subject Test.

Preparing for any of our exams requires commitment, good attendance, and continuous work from the students. Students should expect to spend an average of 30-90 additional minutes of homework time per week. Students, and their families, should carefully consider the additional commitment needed before signing up for an exam.

All of the above exams are administered in spring, either at our schools or at testing locations around the Bay Area.

Deutsches Sprachdiplom (DSD) Level II:
Preparation for this very demanding exam for high school students in their junior or senior year is offered on an as-needed basis, in the form of an online class with monthly in-person meetings. As the exam is administered in winter, the online class runs from beginning of June, all through the summer and fall, into January.

Students who wish to take the DSD II do not register for any of the regular classes, but should contact the school directly.

Santa Rosa Classes

Our Santa Rosa campus is our newer campus. Looking for a certain class that is not listed below? We are able to add class levels at our Santa Rosa campus depending on interest, just contact us!

Kindergarten (Ages 3-5)

In Kindergarten, children approach the German language in a playful, hands-on way. Through simple poems, circle games, songs and rhymes, story books, and art projects, the children intuitively learn basic vocabulary and grammar. Lessons revolve around themes like family, animals, colors, food, clothing, body, nature, months, weekdays, seasons, and holidays. All language levels welcome!

Youth Grade 1-2 (Ages 6-8)

Language immersion through games, songs, play, and storytelling plays a central role in this class, along with a slow and careful introduction to the German letter/ sound system, and basic reading and writing skills. Tailored to the level of the students in the class they will reinforce and build on vocabulary learned in Kindergarten, and will also explore the culture and tradition in German speaking countries such as holidays.

Youth Grade 3-5 (Ages 8-10)

Students in this class will strengthen all four language skill levels: listening, speaking, reading and writing. They learn to understand age-appropriate texts and audios, play vocabulary and grammar games, write their own stories in German, and explore the culture of German speaking countries through project-based learning. Students in this class are given the opportunity to take the “A1 Stufenprüfung” (Level A1 German exam for children) in spring.

Youth Grade 5+ Beginner & Intermediate (Ages 10 and up)

Typically this class is designed for students grade 5 and up, with no or very little prior knowledge of German, however in our Santa Rosa campus the class grade level can be adjusted depending on the students. With the help of age-appropriate themes and activities, students will acquire basic skills in understanding, speaking, reading and writing, and also learn about the German culture. Depending on study intensity and age, students will be able to move up to one of the regular classes (Level 4, Level 5, or Adult) after approximately two years. Students in this class have the opportunity to participate in the AATG National German Exam Competition (Level I).