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Beginning German Language Classes for Adults A1.2 (October 23, 2017)

Des Moines European Heritage Association

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Des Moines European Heritage Association invites you to explore the German language during this 12-week beginning German language course for adults (starting Wednesday, October 18, 2017). 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:

  • Introducing yourself, asking where people are from, what their job is
  • Alphabet, spelling
  • Counting to 10,000
  • Definite and indefinite article
  • Pluralform of nouns
  • Verbs in the present tense; irregular verbs
  • "To have" and "to be" in the present and past tense
  • Yes/no questions; wh-questions
  • Direct object (Akkusativ)
  • Possessive articles

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 $144. 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: October 9, 2017

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.

Have questions about Beginning German Language Classes for Adults A1.2 (October 23, 2017)? Contact Des Moines European Heritage Association

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


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 which takes place in Western Gateway Park. Like us on Facebook!

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