Curriculum

The program is made up of three modules.

* Module 1 covers the basics of German grammar (roughly A1.11 to A2.2). It’s taught in English
* Module 2 covers the finer points of German grammar (roughly B1.1 to B2.2). It’s taught in English
* Module 3 is speaking through storytelling. The stories you tell are taken from your own life. They are personal narratives.
First you write them, then you tell them in small groups. These sessions are auf Deutsch

Module 1 includes:

  • CASE - der, das, die, den, dem // ein, eine, einen, einem, einer

  • Personal pronouns

  • Possessive pronoun

  • ’der’ words (i.e. dieser, welcher, solcher, jeder)

  • adjective declination (decoration)

  • noun gender patterns

  • verb patterns - present and past tense - verbs that take ‘sein’

  • structure of the sentence incl. adverbs of time, manner and place

  • prepositions of space/place

  • conjunctions

    If you’re unsure if should do this module because you’ve already studied this stuff, then try this test (it’s a written test i.e. not online)

Module 2 includes:

  • infinitive with ‘zu’

  • adjective and object placement in the sentence

  • directed movement (hin and her)

  • future tense

  • passive

  • conditional

  • genitive

  • da/wo compounds

Module 3 - Personal Narrative Storytelling

We concentrate on the stories from your life in order to bring the grammar from writing to speaking. We tell stories to trick our mind into thinking in German. In our definition of a story you are describing something interesting that happened in your life. In the end, this means that something went wrong. You can find stories from anywhere. Here are some ideas:

  • a trip that went wrong

  • you won a prize and what happened next

  • something you lost and what happened next

  • getting in a fight

  • getting in an accident

Click here to meet one of the teachers. 

Storytelling - The objective of language training is to speak. Obviously It’s important to have something to talk about and it’s important to have people to speak with. Small talk has its place, but it doesn’t allow the student to explore the language well. Instead we use techniques taken from ‘personal narrative’. This just means you tell your own personal true stories. Read more about the structure of preparing to tell your stories. 

Here's the archive.