Curriculum & Goals
Infant to Pre-K
K to 12 – German FUNdamentals & more
Small Classes for FOREIGN Language Learners & NATIVE Speakers
Deutsches Sprachdiplom Vorbereitung
(German Language Diploma Prep)
SAT Subject II & AP Prep Classes
Exchange & Study Abroad Preparation
GLSMC’s curriculum basically follows a two-track program that offers classes for German as a foreign language and students with prior knowledge of German (German as a first or second language).
Track I offers German as a foreign language and abides mainly by the Common European Framework of References (CEFR) and the New Jersey Standards for Foreign Languages to introduce the children to the German language with the long term goal to enable them to take German proficiency exams like the AATG exam, AP exams and the German Language Certificate (Deutsches Sprachdiplom).
Track II is for children with prior knowledge of German and adapts the standards of the German school system, to further the goal of easy integration into the German School System for returning students and/or to obtain the German Language Certificate (Deutsches Sprachdiplom), which is proof of language proficiency for German, universities and also helps to meet language requirements at other European universities and/or to take the AP exams.
GLSMC uses music, hands-on and multi-sensory activities with age-appropriate and topic-specific instruction to provide an integral and fun-filled program for all classes in both tracks. Learning about the German culture through cultural activities, songs and games are an integral part in every track and level. Homework is assigned weekly
MusikKids “Mommy & Me” class (approx. age 18 month to 3 1/2 years)
Preschool (approx. age 3-5) Track I + II
Children are exposed to spoken German through songs and games, and they learn to follow simple directions. The children are learning about basic themes like: Family, Clothes, Colors, Letters, and Numbers to 10. Playing and theme related crafts are an integral part of this program. The children also enjoy singing German songs. The emphasis is on learning simple communication skills, to develop a sense for a different language and different pronunciation. Introduction to German holidays like Sankt Martin or Fasching play an important role in that class.
Kindergarten (approx. Age 5-6) Track I + II
The emphasis of that class curriculum is on the German sounds (Anlautmethode) and the alphabet, colors, seasons, calendar, time, weather, family, clothing, foods, flowers, and animals. New vocabulary and sentence structure is introduced through simple rhymes, poems, and songs. The children start learning to recognize German words, are introduced to simple reading and writing in German. A relaxed and fun-filled environment is created through a variety of games and crafts.
Elementary school level
Track 1: 1/2a: (approx. 6-8 years old) and 3/4a (approx. 8— 10 years old)
Introduction to the basic language with emphasis on comprehension and simple communication, reading and writing. Young learners build upon and refine the skills and vocabulary developed in the previous level in a relaxed and fun-filled environment through songs, crafts, reading circles, pantomime, etc. Standards are adapted from the New Jersey Standards for foreign languages and the Curriculum for DaF for German Schools.
Track II: 1/2b (approx. 6-8 years old) and 3/4b (approx. 8— 10 years old)
The emphasis here is on developing a sense for the German language through being introduced to the German sounds (Anlautmethode). The children work improving their writing and reading skills and are introduced to different writing styles (letters, stories etc.). Standards are adapted from the German elementary School system.
Middle school level
Track I: I a (approx. 10 — 13 years), II a (approx. 13 — 16 years)
These classes follow the standards of the Common European Framework of References (CEFR). Class I a covers the levels Al and A2 where the students learn how to use simple daily expressions and sentences. They learn how to introduce themselves and learn how to answer simple questions and write short texts. They get introduced to basic grammatical concepts. Class Ila is designed to reach the levels 81 and 82. The students learn how to use the German language regarding topics that they are familiar with like school, hobbies, family etc. They learn how to use the German language to write and talk about dreams, interests and goals. They will also be introduced to more complex themes like German literature or certain areas of expertise. They learn how to write and analyze a large variety of texts like poems, literature, letters etc. They will also be introduced to making presentations in German and how to write essays. They will get exposed to more complex grammatical structures. AATG exams are used to monitor the progress.
Track II: l b (approx. 10— 13 years), Il b (approx., 13-16 years)
These classes adapt the standards of the German school system for our Saturday class curriculum. The children learn how to understand complex texts, are introduced to German literature, poetry and popular culture and improve their writing and expression skills. They will learn how to write different texts like letters, stories, essays, presentations, interviews etc. and how to present their ideas. AATG exams are used to monitor the level of proficiency.
High School level
Track I + II: III + IV (approx. 16-18 years)
This class prepares all students from both tracks with a high standard in German to German proficiency tests: the German Language diploma (Level B1 and C1) for entry to the German university system and/or the AP exams from the American College Board. The students are prepared for listening comprehension, text analysis, writing letters, interpreting graphs, oral presentation of controversial topics, cultural knowledge and German politics and literature. The students are expected to take at least one of the tests if they do want join that class.
Adult Conversation Class
This class is usually comprised of a small group of adults who are very motivated because they have a great interest in Germany and the German culture, are working in a German company, have a German speaking spouse, or do have children enrolled in our school. Through conversation about different topics, the use of a textbook with an audio CD, videos, short stories, games about idiomatic expressions, proverbs, cultural topics and the explanation of relevant grammar, the acquisition of German happens in an enjoyable environment.
Adult classes are subject to a minimum enrollment