Google Classroom (if you need the code email your instructor)
See how far you have come and make greater strides in improving your communication skills and global awareness! You will become able to communicate and understand with greater detail, clarity and ease as you investigate the world and analyze varying perspectives reflected in authentic media. Your growing proficiency in German will allow you to gain deeper insight into your own language and culture.
* Note: German 4 fulfills 1 of 4 credits of the same world language, required to earn the Global Education Achievement Certificate (GEAC).
Key Course Learning Experiences
- Free choice reading and viewing of authentic materials
- Reading, viewing, and listening of authentic and language learning materials
- Writing and speaking tasks
- Interpersonal conversation
- Cultural exploration and projects
Essential Learning Goals
Interpretive Communication (IT) (Reading or listening/viewing) ⇨ What do I understand?
Students will use the German language and cultural knowledge to interpret, analyze, and demonstrate understanding of authentic speech, texts, or media on topics relevant to their lives and broader communities.
Interpersonal Communication (IP) (Spontaneous two-way communication) ⇨ How do I communicate with others?
Students use the German language and cultural knowledge to negotiate meaning through the exchange of information, ideas, reactions, feelings, and opinions in spoken or written interactions relevant to their lives and broader communities.
Presentational Communication (PS) (Polished writing or speaking) ⇨ How do I present information?
Students use the German language and cultural knowledge to present information, concepts, and ideas on topics of relevance to their lives and broader communities to inform, explain, and narrate for diverse audiences within and beyond the learning environment.
Major Assessments and Success Criteria
This is a standards-based world language class, guided by proficiency benchmarks and assessed on performance tasks within each designed unit. The German Department believes that language acquisition begins with meaningful, language input and is further developed through purposeful practice in real-world contexts. Students will be assessed in their interpretive, interpersonal and presentational skills, which involve reading, listening, speaking, and writing in German. Along the language journey, students will evaluate their own progress by using proficiency guidelines, performance rubrics, and feedback to assess their work. Students are encouraged to reflect upon their growth as language learners and will have the opportunity to level-up their performance on assessments, strengthening their foundation for future success in world language. Assessment criteria will be provided at the introduction of each major assessment.