Des Moines European Heritage Association invites you to explore the German language during this 9-week beginning German language course for adults (starting Wednesday, March 2, 2018). During each 90-minute session, you will have the opportunity to learn about a variety of topics while focusing on grammar and vocabulary.
A1.2 is a continuation of our A1.1 session. Individuals demonstrating a proficiency in the following areas will do well in this course:
- Verbs in the present tense
- Forming simple questions with/without question words
- Differentiating between definite and indefinite article
- Direct object case Akkusativ
- Negating sentences with nicht and kein
- Personal pronouns, possessive pronouns
- Verbs with stem change in the present, verbs with prefix (separable verbs)
- Simple past of to have and to be
- Time adverbials in a sentence and sentence structure change
- Modal verbs
- Vocab (and grammar) A1 book Lektionen 1-7
There will be assigned homework and studying required each week. A textbook and workbook will need to be purchased by the student prior to the beginning of the course in addition to the course fee of $108. These materials will need to be ordered online and cost approximately $50 (including shipping).
Please expect to spend 2.5 - 10 hours on homework every week, mostly vocabulary studying. Everyone learns languages at their own pace. In order to remember it the best, you should spend about 20-30 minutes every day with your homework. Doing homework once a week will NOT be enough. Regular self-study and repetition or meeting with others might be helpful.
If you regularly miss class it will be extremely difficult to gain proficiency.
Having a general understanding of English grammar or having studied another language is helpful, but not required.
This class is non-credit but designed to eventually lead to language proficiency in writing, reading and speaking.
The course is structured to learn vocabulary and grammar from scratch while covering a variety of everyday topics.
The books are from Germany and in German.
Our adult language programs utilize the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) which is a guideline used to describe achievements of learners of foreign languages across Europe and other countries. CEFRL is a system of validation of language ability and can be utilized by job applicants and adult students to demonstrate their language proficiency.
Testimonial: "This class is for people who are serious about learning and speaking the German language, not those who just want to learn for travelling purposes. I spend about 10 hours a week on vocabulary words and homework. You will definitely get out of this class what you put in!"
We will meet at the Grand View University. You may park in the parking lot directly south of the Student Center (Y on the map). Click here for a campus map.
Deadline to register: April 24, 2018
About the instructor: Steffi Schryver received her Master’s Degree in German and English Education in 2010 from the University of Regensburg in southern Germany. Since then, she has enjoyed working with many types of students teaching both languages. She recently moved to Iowa with her husband and enjoys spending time with him, horses and her dog.