Des Moines European Heritage Association invites you to explore the German language during this 12-week online German language course for adults (starting Monday, September 21). During each 90-minute session, you will have the opportunity to learn language for everyday life & explore culture, all the while developing proficiency with grammar & vocabulary. There will be assigned homework & studying each week. A textbook & workbook will need to be purchased by the student prior to the beginning of the course in addition to the course fee of $144. These materials will need to be ordered online & cost approximately $50 (including shipping). Please expect to spend 2.5 - 8 hours on homework every week. 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. Regular self-study and repetition or meeting with others might be helpful. Having a general understanding of English grammar or having studied another language is helpful, but not required. The course is structured to learn vocabulary and grammar from scratch while covering a variety of everyday topics. This class is non-credit but designed to eventually lead to language proficiency in writing, reading and speaking. The books are from Germany and in German, however developed for non-native speakers with a goal of building proficiency.
Knowing the alphabet in German Counting to 10 and 20 Reading and writing short words and numbers German Articles (definite and indefinite) 4 different cases (Nominativ, Dativ, Accusativ, Genitiv) Conjugation of verbs Basic understanding of vocabulary, prepositions, modal verbs Ability to write short sentences to given topics Imperative
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.
Zoom information will be provided to the registrants.
Deadline to register: September 7, 2020
About the instructor: Ann started learning German in high school, then moved to other languages before realizing how much she missed German. After returning to the study of German, Ann studied abroad in southern Germany and Austria before earning her Master’s in German at Bowling Green State University. Now, she looks forward to helping you learn German!