About Our Classes for Adults

Whether you’re considering personal, academic, or professional goals, we offer outstanding adult classes designed for the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Students may select any of our high-quality classes that best suits their proficiency with the language. Not sure where you will best fit? We will assist you in choosing the best class for your needs.

To promote language fluency, our dynamic curriculum will address: vocabulary building, listening and reading comprehension, composition abilities, speech fluency, and language use training. With motivation, desire, and creative activities, we will help each and every student improve in the knowledge, love and application of the German language. 

Fall 2022 Classes

Below are the classes we are offering this semester. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We are happy to help!

Adult Beginner I

This class is geared toward adult learners with no prior knowledge of the German language. The class incorporates listening comprehension, speaking, reading comprehension, writing, vocabulary, and grammar. With completion of this level, students will understand and carry out basic communication such as introducing themselves, asking and answering questions, and more. Students will build and use basic vocabulary that refers to their immediate surroundings and everyday activities. Additionally, students will gain basic knowledge and insight into the culture of German-speaking countries such as travel, everyday life, food and drink, history, and holidays. By the end of the school year, students will have reached language skill level A1.1 and should be able to move up to the next course level.Learning materials for this class include a textbook and supplemental material and media.

To further learning throughout the week, recommended homework can include exercises from the course book as well as listening or reading assignments from other sources.

This class will be held in-person on Saturday mornings at our Santa Rosa campus.

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Adult Beginner II

This class is a continuation of “Adult Beginner I” and geared towards students who have only little knowledge of the German language. This class incorporates listening comprehension, speaking, reading comprehension, writing, vocabulary and grammar. Students build on existing skills to improve basic communication skills. The thematic focus continues to be on students’ immediate surroundings and everyday activities. 

Each class session has two parts: The first half of the morning is textbook-centered. The second half of the morning has a different focus each semester (e.g. communication for travel, reading a book, the culture of the German speaking countries, etc) For details on the second half, see our Adult Beginner II Special Interest Class shown below.

By the end of the year, students will have reached language skill level A1.2 and should be able to move up to the next course level.

Learning materials for this class include a textbook and supplemental material and media. 

To further learning throughout the week, recommended homework can include exercises from the course book as well as listening or reading assignments from other sources.

This class will be held in-person on Saturday mornings at our Novato campus.

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Adult Intermediate I

This class is tailored toward adult learners who have completed the Adult Beginner II course or have equivalent language skills. The class incorporates listening comprehension, speaking, reading comprehension, writing, vocabulary, and grammar. Students learn to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and phrases, and communicate in simple ways about topics of immediate relevance (such as personal details, family, work, leisure).

Each class session has two parts: The first half of the morning is textbook- centered. The second half of the morning has a different focus each semester (e.g. communication for travel, reading a book, the culture of the German speaking countries, etc.) For details on the second half, see our Adult Intermediate I Special Interest Class below.

By the end of the year, students will have reached language skill level A2.1 and should be able to move up to the next course level.

Learning materials for this class include a textbook and supplemental material and media. To further learning throughout the week, recommended homework can include exercises from the course book or workbook as well as listening or reading assignments from other sources such as easy readers and language learning websites. 

Not sure if this class is right for you? Take an online placement test.

This class will be held Online on Saturday mornings.

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Adult Advanced I

Offered at our Novato campus, this class is tailored toward more advanced adult learners who have completed “Adult Intermediate II” or have equivalent language skills. Students will be able to understand German in everyday contexts such as family, work, leisure and move towards more abstract contexts (e.g. politics, history), deal with most situations they may encounter when traveling in a German-speaking country, produce coherent texts on topics of personal interest, describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions, and give brief reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

Each class session has two parts: The first half of the morning is textbook- centered. The second half of the morning has a different focus each semester (e.g. communication for travel, reading a book, the culture of the German speaking countries, etc.). For details on the second half, see our Adult Advanced I Special Interest Class below.

By the end of the course, students will have reached language skill level B1, and should be able to move up to the next course level.

Learning materials for this class include a textbook and supplemental material and media. To further learning throughout the week, recommended homework can include listening or reading assignments from the textbook, or sources such as newspaper articles, modified or original fiction, and language learning websites, as well as vocabulary and grammar exercises.

Not sure if this class is right for you? Take an online placement test.

This class will be held in-person on Saturday mornings at both our Novato and Santa Rosa campuses.

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Adult Advanced II

This class is tailored toward advanced adult learners who have completed “Adult Advanced I” or have equivalent language skills. 

Students will approach and discuss various aspects of life and culture in the German speaking countries on an advanced level, with the teacher tailoring the curriculum to students’ interests and language abilities. Media used may include texts (fiction and non-fiction), video clips, audios, and movies. They will broaden their vocabulary, dive deeper into German grammar, and continuously work on their writing and speaking skills. 

Learning materials for this class include a grammar practice book and supplemental material and media. To further learning throughout the week, recommended homework can include listening or reading assignments from sources such as newspaper articles, modified or original fiction, and language learning websites, as well as vocabulary and grammar exercises.

Not sure if this class is right for you? Take an online placement test.

This class will be held in-person on Saturday mornings at our Santa Rosa campus.

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Conversation for Travelers
(Adult Beginner II Special Interest Class)

Designed for beginners with some prior German knowledge, this class is all about speaking German! With the help of simple dialogues and role-play, we are going to learn how to “survive” everyday situations in a German-speaking country (like going shopping, going to a restaurant, booking a hotel room, etc).

The class is bookable individually, for students who prefer a shorter class time. Please note, that this is already included in the Adult Beginner II class.

This class will be held in-person on Saturday mornings at our Novato campus.

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Let’s read together!
(Adult Interemediate I Special Interest Class)

Designed for intermediate level students, this class will dive into “Der silberne Kugelschreiber” by Angelika Bohn, a short novel written in easy German. We are going to read and discuss the story, and on the way also learn a lot about the German language and life in Germany. 

The class is bookable individually, for students who prefer a shorter class time. Please note, that this is already included in the Adult Intermediate I class.

This class will be held in-person on Saturday mornings at our Novato campus.

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German in Everyday Life
(Adult Advanced I Special Interest Class)

That’s how they say it: German in everyday life

Sometimes it is difficult for German learners to understand native German speakers because the spoken language is often different than what you see written. This course is about understanding and using the spoken language. The participants will have plenty of opportunity to speak German. They will listen to interviews and short videos with native speakers and use these examples to analyze the wording and intonation of everyday German. In small role-plays, they copy what they have heard and then apply it to everyday scenes that they have thought up.

The course is suitable for German learners with high intermediate to advanced language skills.

The class is bookable individually, for students who prefer a shorter class time. Please note, that this is already included in the Adult Advanced I class.

This class will be held in-person on Saturday mornings at our Novato campus.

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