Wir sprechen Deutsch!
Most of our classes use intensive immersion, and apply modern teaching methods.
– Language is most meaningful if it is alive.
– Most people, especially children, learn best in community.
– It means a lot to be able to share your ideas with the people who are HERE with you.
We try to appeal to as many learning styles as possible, but we probably won’t explain ourselves in English. (In some situations, English is called for — contact the director if you have questions.)
– What we learn: readings, media and discussions emphasize the contemporary German-language world — culture, art, science and politics — but also consider where we’ve come from, the history and traditions that shape the culture.
– We try to make learning fun — it’s not that hard when you are as passionate about German as we are!
We don’t give grades, but we do measure student progress. How? We publish a curriculum for each class, and teachers report periodically to families. Middle and high-school aged non-beginners may take standardized tests, either the AATG test (American Association of Teachers of German), or potentially an internationally recognized test from the German government, the Deutsches Sprachdiplom (DSD for short).
The German government, as represented by the ZfA, the Zentralstelle für das Auslandsschulwesen, is very interested in the quality of language programs: they look for many of the same things that you do: qualified staff, an organized program with a built-in progression, results. We are cooperate with them in all these areas in order to earn their support — and yours.