Curriculum & Exams

German Language Curriculum

Learning takes place in a friendly yet structured atmosphere. All classes are taught by native speaking German teachers qualified in accordance with high standards of excellence. The youngest students learn through play, while the curriculum for the older students emphasizes oral and written communication, grammar, spelling and literature.

  • Group “Knirpse 1” (1 – 2 yers olds): 9.30 – 10.30am
  • Group „Knirpse 2“ (2 – 3 year olds): 10.30am to 11.30 am
  • Singing (2 – 4 year olds): 11.30am to 12 noon
  • four year olds till 12th grade: 9:30am to 12 noon
  • Adult Classes: 10 am to 12 noon

“Knirpse”: One to three year olds discover the German language in a playful environment; at least one parent or caregiver has to be present. The class offers a mix of structured activities focused on German language development, play and music/German songs. All activities are meant to awake learning curiosity and interest of our smallest ones.

Preschool: Our three and four year olds focus on broadening vocabulary through a playful and relaxed approach to German. The curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through play in a structured environment, as play is the serious work of young children. They hear the language spoken by teachers and other children, they speak themselves and sing German songs.

 

Kindergarten:  Our children enrich their vocabulary and focus on first grammatical structures through theme based activities.Reading and writing in German is gradually introduced.

Elementary School (Grades 1-4)

The children concentrate on broadening their listening and reading skills, as well as writing and grammar.

 Middle School (Grades 5-8)

Students deepen their oral and written communication skills through age appropriate use of literature and focus on geography, history, and cultural studies of German speaking countries. Depending on the language skills of the students, they are offered to take A2 and OESD language exams.

 High School (Grades 9-12)

Students study more challenging German literature themes, while still focusing on grammar, vocabulary expansion, geography, history, and cultural studies of German speaking countries. These are crucial steps for preparing for the final German language exam (“Sprachdiplom”), which fulfills the language requirements to enter a university or college in a German speaking country.

 Please note: Upon request, we also offer classes for older, non German speaking students wishing to learn the language at a later stage in their lives.

 Adult Classes

We offer classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced students. Originally the classes were founded to allow non German speaking parents of children attending theGermanSchoolto learn the language. Over time, the courses have grown and today accommodate a mix of adult learners. Based upon request, we also offer specialized languages classes for students wishing to expand their vocabulary in the fields of law, medicine or music.

Language Exams

Language exams are taken based on the skill level of the students. They start around the age of nine and are taken throughout the High Schools years.

 Core exams offered:

Exams build upon each other, starting with Deutsches Sprachdiplom A2, followed by Deutsches SprachdiplomA2/B1 and culminating in Deutsches Sprachdiplom C1. C1 is a prestigious exam is designed and approved by the German government and is taken as the final language exam. It satisfies the language requirements for entrance at universities in a German speaking country. Some American colleges acknowledge it with credits. — Equivalent to the C1 exam, we also offer a final exams offered by the Austrian government (Oesterreichiches Sprachdiplom). 

Deutsches Sprachdiplom

Oesterreichiches Sprachdiplom

American Association of Teachers of German

  Additional exams offered:

American Association of Teachers of German (AATG)  Exams: these high school level examinations are designed to serve as a gauge of how one teacher’s student compares with all other students. — Students are also prepared to take APs and SAT 2 exams.