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World Languages: German

A Note From Frau Moody (German)

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once said, “Wer fremde Sprachen nicht kennt, weiß nichts von seiner eigenen,” which means that, “He who does not know foreign languages, knows nothing of his own.” I believe that learning another language opens up so many doors of opportunity for students and is the key to countless experiences and discoveries. I feel lucky that I am able to experience this journey with my students every day.

 

German Class Offerings at Boltz Middle School

 

World Language Explorations- 6th Grade (Semester)

Students are introduced to vocabulary and structures during this introduction to language course. The course will include introductions to both German and Spanish, both of which are year-long language course offerings at Boltz in 7th and 8th grade.  The completion of 7th and 8th grade language classes earns ½ of high school credits required to graduate. This course is taught using some Comprehensible Input (CI) and TPRS strategies as well as traditional methods. Activities include dialogues and peer interviews, novice class readings, listening selections, written communication, student-led projects as well as cultural activities. Educational technology is used to engage students and help with repetition of new vocabulary. Topics discussed are the alphabet, numbers, colors, descriptive words, family and animals. Students will also be able to have short conversations about themselves in both languages by the end of this course. Students experience language through the study of cultures while making connections and comparisons to their native language and developing communication skills in the target language. With this exploratory class, students are set up for success to continue in their 7th and 8th grade language classes. The study of a world language prepares students to compete in a global community and allows them the opportunity to to have real world experiences. 

 

German 1A- 7th Grade (Year)

In German 1A, students are introduced to vocabulary and structures during the first part of a two-part course. This course is taught using some Comprehensible Input (CI) and TPRS strategies as well as traditional methods. Activities include storytelling, dialogues and peer interviews, novice class readings and Free Voluntary Reading, listening selections, written communication, student-led projects as well as cultural activities. Educational technology is used to engage students and help with repetition of new vocabulary and language structures. Topics discussed are the self, geography of German speaking countries, basic verbs for communication, family and descriptions, free time and school. Class novels are used to build vocabulary as well as fluency in reading. Students will also be able to have short conversations about themselves and their experiences in German by the end of this course. This course is required in order to continue on to German 1B in 8th grade. Students experience language through the study of cultures while making connections and comparisons to their native language and developing communication skills in the target language. The study of a world language prepares students to compete in a global community and allows them the opportunity to to have real world experiences. 

 

German 1B- 8th Grade (Year)

In German 1B, students are introduced to more vocabulary and structures during the second part of a two-part course. Students begin this class by reviewing concepts and vocabulary from 7th grade and then new topics, such as complex verbs for conversation and expression, clothing, food and places are discussed. This course is taught using some Comprehensible Input (CI) and TPRS strategies as well as traditional methods. Activities include storytelling, dialogues and peer interviews, novice class readings and Free Voluntary Reading, listening selections, written communication, student-led projects as well as cultural activities. Educational technology is used to engage students and help with repetition of new vocabulary and language structures. More complex class novels are used to build on vocabulary as well as fluency in reading. Students will also be able to have more detailed conversations about themselves and their experiences in German by the end of this course. Students experience language through the study of cultures while making connections and comparisons to their native language and developing communication skills in the target language. With the successful completion of this class as well as passing the district assessment, students will earn high school credit for their level one language class and can enter high school in a level two class. The study of a world language prepares students to compete in a global community and allows them the opportunity to to have real world experiences. 

 

Did you know…

  • Attending college in Germany is free!
  • There are hundreds of study abroad opportunities in German speaking countries.
  • German is among the ten most commonly spoken languages in the world.
  • Over 50 million Americans claim German ancestry and 1.38 million people in the U.S. speak the language. 

World Language Standards

Communication in Languages Other Than English: Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening

Connections with Other Disciplines and Information Acquisition

Comparisons: Knowledge and Understanding of Other Cultures

Comparisons to Develop Insight into the Nature of Language and Culture