German 1

Course Description

Semester A

In the German 1A course, students will be introduced to various common situations that require communication. They will learn how to exchange names and greetings, describe people based on physical and personality traits, and talk about family members and aspects of their social life. Throughout the course, students will start with basic sentence structures and grammatical tools, enabling them to communicate in German through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. They will also internalize new vocabulary and grammar.

In addition, students will have the opportunity to learn about different regions of the German-speaking world visited by the central characters in each unit. This will provide them with cultural insights and context related to the language they are learning.

Semester B

In German 1B, students will be introduced to several common situations in which they will learn how to ask for food, talk about family members, describe their town and urban transportation, discuss various seasons and associated weather conditions, and talk about food, clothing, and activities. They will also explore various art forms, such as plays, concerts, and movies.

Additionally, students will have discussions about health and well-being, as well as travel and tourism. Throughout the course, students will build upon what they have learned in German 1A to enhance their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in German while internalizing new vocabulary and grammar. They will also gain insights into different regions of the German speaking world. By doing so, students will lay a solid foundation for further learning as they progress in their German studies, acquiring both language proficiency and cultural understanding.

Course Requirements

Grade Level

9 – 12

Materials

None

Duration

2 Semesters

Credit Value:

1.0

Prerequisites

None

Semester A

Enduring Understandings of this course:

  • Language connects people.
  • You can learn a second language.
  • The language we use changes with the situation.
  • People appreciate your effort to learn their language.
  • Learning another language will open the door to a new culture.
  • Language requires you to solve problems.
  • Conversations are more than questions and answers.
  • You already have language skills that you can use to successfully learn another language.
  • We gain knowledge of our own culture through comparing it with others.

Semester B

Enduring Understandings of this course:

  • Language connects people.
  • You can learn a second language.
  • The language we use changes with the situation.
  • People appreciate your effort to learn their language.
  • Learning another language will open the door to a new culture.
  • Language requires you to solve problems.
  • Conversations are more than questions and answers.
  • You already have language skills that you can use to successfully learn another language.
  • We gain knowledge of our own culture through comparing it with others.