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We offer classes for toddlers, children, teens, and adults at different levels.

Children's Classes

Children's classes meet on Saturday afternoon from 4:30 to 6:00 pm.

Munchkins  Mixed language skills, three and four years old
  Mixed language skills, five and six years old
Deutsch 1–4   Heritage and advanced DaF speakers, seven years and up
DaF (German as a foreign language)   Beginners, seven years old and up

The DSSLI language program focuses on natural acquisition of language in an interactive, fun environment. The classes adhere to a standard routine, which incorporates listening and speaking, singing and crafts, games and physical activity, and story-time. Students interact with and learn German culture as they build their language skills. Our language instruction is designed to be culturally authentic, with hands-on activities to engage the learner’s interest and attention. Activities are fun and creative and also involve use of the new language in higher-level thinking skills. Instructions and activities are conducted primarily in German, with emphasis on oral language development. By celebrating special events and holidays together (e.g.birthdays, St.Martin, Nikolaus, Karneval) children become familiar with German culture.

Munchkins (3 and 4 year olds, mixed language skills)

Regardless of their language skills, all children experience the German language in a playful way. Organized by topics and with the help of visual stimuli, songs, and crafts children will become familiar with basic German words and phrases.

Kindergarten class on stage.

Kindergarten (5 and 6 year olds, mixed language skills)

Children will continue to learn and practice basic vocabulary pertaining to the topic of the day. In addition to the development of oral language skills, the German alphabet will be introduced.

Deutsch I-IV and DaF (German as a foreign language) (7 and up)

Deutsch Stufe IIn order to ensure a gradual improvement on grammar and vocabulary skills, students in the Deutsch I - IV and DaF classes presently work and will continue to work with textbooks that are recommended by the Goethe-Institut for the instruction of German as a foreign language. Parents are required to purchase those books for their children.

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Adult Classes

Adult classes meet on weekday nights from 7:00 - 8:30 pm.

German as a foreign language, adult class on stage.
Beginner   Wednesday, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Intermediate 1 Monday, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Intermediate 2   Tuesday, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Our adult students work with a textbook that is accompanied by an exercise book, a glossary and CDs. Students will have to purchase the textbook and the exercise book. Emphasis is on communication and developing a solid base of vocabulary and grammar skills.

In 2013, we will be offering three classes: a beginner class, and two intermediate classes, 1 and 2. The intermediate 1 class is a continuation of the beginner class. Students of the intermediate 2 class have been working with us for more than two years. Students who have previously acquired German language skills can join either intermediate class depending on their level.

The beginner class will follow the textbook Lagune 1 (Hueber, Publisher).
The intermediate 1 class will continue with Lagune 1.
The intermediate 2 class will continue using Themen aktuell 2 (Hueber, Publisher).

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