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Adult German Language Classes

2019 Spring German Class for Adults

SAGA Beginners Track*
Thursdays, 6:15 - 8:15pm
SAGA Intermediate Track**
Wednesdays, 6:15 - 8:15pm
Spring 2019 Mid Novice I
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High Novice II
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*Targeted skill level at completion A1.2/ Novice Mid *Targeted skill level at completion B1/ Intermediate

Each class runs for 10 weeks and includes:

  • 20 units of face-to-face instruction (2 units, 50 min. each, per week, 6:15 – 8:15 PM);
  • Access to online platform with daily recommendations for self-study
  • Instructor’s feedback on completed (printed) homework assignments

Registration is now open for Spring 2019

Cost:

  • General/Full Tuition: $400 for 10 weeks (20 units of face-to-face instruction)
  • SAGA Families and Alumni: $300* for 10 weeks (20 units of face-to-face instruction)
    (*This rate applies to close family of current/past students of our school. Students in our German Program for Adults who have completed a full-year of classes or three consecutive courses prior to signing-up to the current are considered alumni.)
  • Tuition covers 10 class meetings (20 hours of instruction total), access to the online course, and instructor's feedback on printed homework.
  • Not included: Textbook – Kontakte (6th or 7th edition)* by Tschirner/Nicolai/Terrell. This textbook is used for all 6 courses described below (Beginners I – High Novice II). *The most recent edition of Kontakte is the 8th. The instructor has chosen the 6th edition for its cost-benefit ratio. Buying a used hard-copy online is highly recommended. The 6th edition (recommended) and the newest are virtually identical in their presentation of grammatical concepts, vocabulary, and communicative activities. The main difference between the editions is the cultural content. The class will not use the book as a primary source of teaching cultural sensitivity, but will practice these skills organically, through task-based activities.
Cancellation Policy:
  • Students may cancel before the second class for a fee of $60 (the remainder will be refunded). After the second class, no refunds will be issued.

Class Location: SAGA School, 11010 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, 98133

Program Overview:

Communicative Language Learning: Our German-language program for adults focuses on practical and conversational German. 80% or more of class time is dedicated to partner/group work and task-based activities. Students learn the basics of the German Language in a fun dynamic class.

Students have access to an online practice platform with additional grammar explanations, grammar and vocabulary quizzes, as well as listening and writing practice. For optimal progress in our classes, we recommend that students practice daily for 15-30 minutes. The online homework platform is tailored to each class and designed to encourage self-study.

How does our Program for Adults rate on the ACTFL/CEFR global scale? Follow this link to see a comparison with UW German classes, ACTFL levels and CEFR levels.

Mid Novice I (offered in Spring: April 18 - June 20, 2019)

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Continuation of Beginners II. This class works on the fundamentals of communication in the present tense and the colloquial past (Präsens & Perfekt). The class is an optimal refresher to learners of German who would like to improve their communication skills, in particular discussing activities related to daily life in the present and the past. Targeted levels: A1.2 (CEFR)/Novice High (ACTFL).

Some topics covered in this class are:

  • Conversing about past activities and events
  • Talking about daily schedules, routine activities, and pastimes
  • Giving and receiving, asking for and offering help with everyday activities
  • Discussing the workplace and career path(s), school and education
  • Talking about life at home with a focus on the kitchen, cooking habits, and house-chores
  • Describing the city and the neighborhood (in focus: location)
  • New grammar structures include the colloquial past (Perfekt), ordinal numbers, the dative case, and sentence structure in main & dependent clauses
  • This course covers chapters 4 and 5 in the textbook (Kontakte)

High Novice II (offered in Spring: April 17 - June 19, 2019)

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Continuation of High Novice I. This class reviews the fundamentals of communication in the present tense and the colloquial past (Präsens & Perfekt) and introduces the subjunctive mode and the passive voice.

The class is an optimal refresher to learners of German who would like to review some of the basic grammar structures of German and learn about more complex structures in preparation for the intermediary level of German. Targeted levels: A2 (CEFR)/Intermediate Low-Mid (ACTFL).

Some topics covered in this class are:

  • Going places: making travel arrangements, booking flights/trains, hotels, driving and dealing with traffic
  • Navigating the city: asking for and giving directions
  • Talking about health and well-being, body-care, going to the doctor’s, buying medicine, dealing with illness, emergencies, and accidents
  • Talking about money and financial issues, banking and personal financial decisions
  • New grammar structures include the subjunctive mode of modal verbs, the passive voice, polite requests and indirect questions, and the genitive case
  • This course covers chapters 11 and 12 in the textbook (Kontakte)

Beginners I (offered in Fall 2019, exact dates TBD, registration opens end of June 2019)

Beginners I is designed for the true beginner or someone who has studied German in the past, but needs a fresh start. Targeted levels: A1.1 (CEFR)/Novice Low (ACTFL).

Some topics covered in this class are:

  • Introducing yourself: talking about origin, nationality, family and friends
  • Describing yourself and others: appearance and character traits
  • Identifying and describing the most common objects in your environment
  • Talking about your daily schedule, routine activities, and hobbies
  • Shopping for clothing and conversing about weather-appropriate apparel
  • Expressing likes/dislikes
  • Grammar structures include the present tense, word order in statements, questions, and commands, polite requests, introduction to the gender and case system
  • This course covers the first two chapters in the textbook (Kontakte)

Beginners II (offered in Winter 2020, registration opens in December, exact dates TBD)

Beginners II expands students’ communicative skills in the present tense. The class is an optimal refresher to those who have had some exposure to German, but have not used the language in a while and would like to improve their communication skills in situations related to daily routine activities. Targeted levels: A1.2 (CEFR)/Novice Mid (ACTFL).

Some topics covered in this class are:

  • Conversing about daily schedules, routine activities, and pastimes
  • Describing the most common objects in your home
  • Addressing needs and wishes
  • Ordering food and drinks in a café, restaurant
  • Shopping in a department store and at the market
  • Talking about abilities and talents, tasks and responsibilities
  • Talking about motives and giving reasons for your actions
  • New grammar structures include the accusative case, modal verbs, and sentence structure in main & dependent clauses
  • This course covers chapters 2 and 3 in the textbook (Kontakte)

Not sure if this class is right for you? Please contact us at LearnGerman@sagaschool.org.

Mid Novice II (offered in fall 2019, exact dates TBD, registration opens end of June 2019)

Continuation of Mid Novice I. This class continues working on the fundamentals of communication in the present tense and the colloquial past (Präsens & Perfekt).

The class is an optimal refresher to learners of German who would like to improve their communication skills, in particular discussing activities related to being at home and traveling. Targeted levels: A2.1 (CEFR)/Novice High (ACTFL).

Some topics covered in this class are:

  • Conversing about past activities and events
  • Talking about one’s home: living arrangements and house-chores, renting, buying, re-modelling and envisioning one’s dream house
  • Talking about geography: describing the country, the city, and the neighborhood
  • Going places and ways of getting there: means of transportation, travel arrangements, driving and dealing with traffic
  • New grammar structures include two-way prepositions for location and destination, the comparison of adjectives and adverbs, the simple past of haben and sein, and relative clauses.
  • This course covers chapters 6 and 7 in the textbook (Kontakte)

High Novice I (offered in winter 2020, registration opens in December, exact dates TBD)

Continuation of Mid Novice II. This class continues working on the fundamentals of communication in the present tense and the colloquial past (Präsens & Perfekt) and introduces the future tense and the simple past (Futur & Präteritum).

The class is an optimal refresher to learners of German who would like to grow more confident in using the present and future tense, the simple and colloquial past or wants to review some of the basic grammar structures of German. Targeted levels: A2.1 (CEFR)/Intermediate Low (ACTFL).

Some topics covered in this class are:

  • Talking about food and eating habits, grocery shopping, cooking and favorite recipes or dishes
  • Going out: making a restaurant reservation, attending or organizing a dinner party
  • Looking ahead: making plans for the future, predictions, and speculations
  • Reminiscing about one’s childhood and youth, telling stories from one’s past
  • Learning about and re-telling some of the most famous German fairy tales
  • New grammar structures include the future tense and the simple past, adjective declension, sequence of events in past narration (the past perfect)
  • This course covers chapters 8 and 9 in the textbook (Kontakte)

Not sure if this class is right for you? Please contact us at LearnGerman@sagaschool.org.

Interested in a different skill level? Please fill out our Indication of Interest Form.

We are unable to offer more advanced courses at this time, but we are working towards expanding our class offering in the 2019-2020 school year. In order to help with these efforts, we are collecting information about prospective Adult German Class students to establish demand for adult learning. Please fill out this form. We will contact you if additional classes develop.

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