This is a beginner course for students who have no German background. Native speakers of German should arrange an interview with the German teacher to discuss best placement in either the 20 or 30 level course or to discuss a course challenge.
German Language & Culture 10-3Y
This course offers an initial experience in acquiring a fundamental knowledge of the German language. The main focus is on the oral language and cultural aspects. The student will learn basic conversational skills. The student will have an introductory knowledge of the culture and history of Germany. Facets of everyday German life will be presented and experienced to some degree.
German Language & Culture 20-3Y
5 Credits | Prerequisite: German 10-3Y or recommendation of current German teacher at Crescent Heights High School
Continuing directly from the German 10 course, the German 20 course gives a more in-depth study in oral German, grammar structures, reading and writing, After completing the course, the student should be able to speak and comprehend with ease and fluency within a basic vocabulary. The written language will still be some¬what limited. However, development will continue in German 30.
German Language & Culture 30-3Y
5 Credits | Prerequisite: German 20-3Y or recommendation of current German teacher at Crescent Heights High School
This course is based upon knowledge obtained by students in German 10 and 20. The objectives are the further refinement of linguistic skills, emphasizing a much greater concern for cultural understanding and an appreciation of the German way of life. German literature and music are presented. A general history of the German people is also included. The socio-political issues in Germany, and, therefore, Europe are discussed.
German Language & Culture Advanced Placement
The Advanced Placement (AP) German Language and Culture course emphasizes communication (understanding and being understood by others) by applying interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational skills in real‐life situations. This includes vocabulary usage, language control, communication strategies, and cultural awareness. To best facilitate the study of language and culture, the course is taught almost exclusively in German.
The AP German Language and Culture course engages students in an exploration of culture in both contemporary and historical contexts. The course develops students’ awareness and appreciation of cultural products (e.g., tools, books, music, laws, conventions, institutions); practices (patterns of social interactions within a culture); and perspectives (values, attitudes, and assumptions).
The German Language and Culture 30 AP is available as a challenge course upon request.