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High School German Courses

NOTE:
These courses are offered only at South View High School.

GERMAN I
Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: None
  This course is intended for the beginning German language student. Students learn to speak, read, write, and comprehend basic standard German. Basic vocabulary and grammatical structure help the student to
understand the German language and culture. Current events and culture are emphasized throughout the year, with discussions in both English and German. A proficiency exam will be given at the end of the course. 
     
GERMAN II
Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: German I and language proficiency
  German II students continue to expand their practice of speaking, reading, writing, and listening comprehension of basic standard German. This course consists of students in Grades 9-12. In addition to a common textbook, students are introduced to materials from newspaper articles, magazines, books, and Internet sources. These documents span a variety of topics (political, economic, social, cultural, and others) to familiarize the students with contemporary issues facing Germany as well as the European community. A proficiency exam will be given at the end of the course. 
     
GERMAN III HONORS
Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: German II and language proficiency
  German III includes reinforcement and refinement of the skills and vocabulary learned in German I and II. Speaking and listening comprehension exercises continue to help students toward acquiring fluency and the ability to create dialogues and compositions using the German language. Also, the course invites the students to develop strategies that will enable them to read and understand original German texts and all of their complexities. In these texts, students learn the fundamental elements of German grammar as it relates to the texts. Students frequently write compositions and dialogues in German and present theses writings orally to the rest of the class. Students’ compositions in German III consist of at least 150 words. In addition to a common textbook, students are introduced to materials for newspaper articles, magazines, books, and Internet sources. These documents span a variety of topics (political, economic, social, cultural, and others) to familiarize the students with contemporary issues facing Germany as well as the European community. A proficiency exam will be given at the end of the course.
     
GERMAN IV HONORS
Grade Levels: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: German III Honors and language proficiency
  German IV includes a refinement of the skills and vocabulary learned in previous German courses. The major emphasis is on speaking, reading, and writing. The reading continues to focus on cultural information and on preparing students to read and study literature in its original, simplified form. Listening and speaking skills are further developed and refined as students converse and communicate using the past, present, and future tenses. Students refine their speaking and grammar comprehension further by frequently writing compositions and then presenting these writings orally to the rest of the class. Students’ compositions in German IV consist of at least 200 words. In addition to a common textbook, students are introduced to materials from newspaper articles, magazines, books, and Internet sources. These documents span a variety of topics (political, economic, social, cultural, and others) to familiarize the students with contemporary issues facing Germany as well as the European community. A proficiency exam will be given at the end of the course. 

AP GERMAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
Grade Levels: 11, 12
Prerequisite: At least 90 average in German III Honors or German IV Honors, language proficiency, and teacher recommendation
 

Students at this advanced language level are expected to demonstrate greater and more sophisticated use of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Those content/skill areas, which are outlined for the Advanced Placement Test by the College Board, form the basis for the course of study. At the completion of this course, students are required to take the Advanced Placement Test, and they may receive college credit based upon their scores and the requirements of the college of their choice. History, literature, and culture are taught primarily through the active use of the German language. In addition to a common textbook, students are introduced to materials from newspaper articles, magazines, books, and Internet sources. These documents span a variety of topics (political, economic, social, cultural, and others) to familiarize the students with contemporary issues facing Germany as well as the European community. The teacher uses German almost exclusively in the AP German class and encourages students to do likewise. A proficiency exam will be given at the end of the course. 

 

 

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Published by Valerie Robinson on January 19, 2017
        
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