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Beginning German Language Classes for Adults A1.2 (January 15, 2019)

Des Moines European Heritage Association

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (CST)

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Des Moines European Heritage Association invites you to explore the German language during this 6-week beginning German language course for adults (starting Tuesday, January 15, 2019). During each 90-minute session, you will have the opportunity to learn about a variety of topics while focusing on grammar and vocabulary.

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 $72. 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.


  • 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.

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: January 1, 2019

About the instructor: Regina Sonnenschmidt received her Bachelor Degree in English and Business in 1993 from the University of Erlangen/Nuremberg. Since then, she has worked predominately in the financial industry and has had the opportunity to tutor both students and adults in English and German. Regina has been in Iowa for 20 years and has three children and one grandson. 

Have questions about Beginning German Language Classes for Adults A1.2 (January 15, 2019)? Contact Des Moines European Heritage Association

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Grand View University
2811 East 14th Street
Des Moines, IA 50316

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (CST)

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Des Moines European Heritage Association

We connect Iowans with European traditions, language education and cultural experiences; and we support cultural heritage organizations with resources and tools to maintain and grow their memberships. Our signature event is Christkindlmarket Des Moines, a European-style Christmas market. Like us on Facebook!

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