German I – GROUP 1
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German I – GROUP 1

German I is a college prep, beginner’s course where students speak German with the instructor and classmates in every class. Students learn the fundamentals of German via lecture, fun games, videos, music, culture (German, Swiss and Austrian), contests, live Christian radio/TV in German, and more! Grammar topics will include single/plural nouns, verb forms, the nominative, accusative and dative cases, tenses, negatives, the imperative, and question construction. Students will also memorize Bible verses in German. Occasionally, there will be special guests; native speakers from Germany. Students will reach the intermediate level by the end of the school year and will advance to German II. Receiving rigorous, individualized attention during class for pronunciation and grammar proficiency, students will speak German in every class with the instructor and with each other. Classes will feature famous German-speaking composers and their works, ERF Christian TV/radio, Sermonettes, Bayern 5 and interesting videos.

Note to parents: placement tests are available if you’re not sure as to your student’s written and oral skills.

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Textbook: Deutsch Aktuell 1 (5th Ed) by Wolfgang Kraft, ISBN: 9780821925379

Deutsch Aktuell 1 Workbook (5th Ed) by Wolfgang Kraft, ISBN: 9780821925393

Students will have access to audio listening exercises for each textbook chapter at no cost.

Since 2011, Susan Gleason has taught German online. She has an extensive background in foreign languages.

Traveling internationally since she was eight years old, her travels include Europe, Scandinavia, Estonia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas, South and Central Americas, and South Africa. Susan studied German in college and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1986. In 1985, while still a college student, Susan led a Bible-smuggling operation into Soviet-controlled Estonia. She lived in Germany from 1986-1991, experienced the fall of the Berlin Wall, and had some daring adventures outwitting East Berlin border guards. Susan did post-graduate studies at Universität Würzburg, Universität Bonn, and FAS Germersheim. She worked as an interpreter at the international trade fairs in Cologne, as well as a translator and private tutor.

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