Accelerated Introduction to the German Language
“Are you interested in learning a modern language yet your schedule did not allow you to join a class in September? Or are you curious about German culture and the basics of the language? Here is a chance to enroll in a one semester only class for the upcoming Spring semester at Schole Academy!
We will meet twice a week to learn German. You can use this class to build a foundation of German for a German I course staring in the fall of 2024 or with additional study over the summer you may be able to catch-up and be admitted into German 2 for the new school year! In this class you will learn some basic vocabulary, phrases, grammatical ideas as well as language learning skills. You will also be introduced to German culture.
There are no required texts for this course. All course materials will be provided by the instructor.
Helga Maier speaks German as her native tongue. She has inherited her love for languages and learning languages from her mother, who would always study the language of a new European country their family was visiting. She began teaching German to English speakers on the mission field, when Americans came to work alongside her to reach Germany, her home country, for Christ. She has since earned a certificate for an English as a foreign language teacher and have studied Classical Education through ClassicalU, where she has earned level I.
She has taught German at a private after-school program in Connecticut and is still teaching several private students, from beginner levels to preparing for the German entry exam to universities in Germany. Most recently she has taught German to high school students at Chapel Field Christian Schools, a Classical Christian School in upstate New York.
Computer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.
High-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.
Headset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm
Zoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. To download Zoom:
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
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