Welcome to German II! This course builds on the foundation of German I and continues to develop students’ skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing via five thematic units: 1) Leaders and Heroes, 2) Everyday Stories, 3) A Balanced Lifestyle, 4) Where We Live, and 5) Life as a Traveler. We will use a wide variety of learning experiences to learn how to communicate about these topics, including authentic reading, listening, and viewing materials. Students learn grammar structures and vocabulary in order to facilitate communication. We will squeeze in short units on holiday customs in German-speaking areas, particularly those associated with St. Nicholas, Christmas, and Karneval (Mardi Gras).
Students are required to keep a binder and to complete an “Additional Project” from a list of suggestions each grading period.
There are six types of major assessments, several of which may sometimes be combined to create an integrated assessment: interpersonal speaking, interpersonal writing, interpretive reading, interpretive listening/viewing, presentational speaking, and presentational writing. Each mode of assessment (interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational) should be used at least once each grading cycle. Daily grades are for classwork, homework, occasional quick oral assessments, vocabulary and grammar quizzes, the binder, and the Additional Projects.