German 12

Course Outline

The German program offered to grades 10–12 students is designed to lead to proficiency in the language processes of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. It also offers students the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of German grammar and to acquire some familiarity with German literature and other cultural and historical achievements. A German video series may be used to enhance the cultural and linguistic content of the program. German films, music videos, and songs also contribute to the learning of authentic material. Because of the age, interests, and academic background of the students who select German as a course option, the program usually progresses at a fairly rapid pace. This allows teachers to offer core program materials during the first two years, followed by a selection of paperbacks on literary and cultural topics during the final year.

In this German course, core program materials continue to be available to assist in developing the four language processes; however, much of the students’ development at this stage focuses on language use. A selection of printed materials designed to stimulate conversation and writing is made available to students. The teacher’s judicious use of such materials plus well-chosen projects can result in stimulating learning experiences. While students continue to analyze grammatical structure and to read, write, and speak German, they should now be able to use their skills both for pleasure and information. This level is designed to prepare students for university entrance programs and provide a satisfying experience in language learning.