The objective of German I is to introduce the students to the German language and, in doing so, help the students develop a desire to “want” to use the language as well as recognize the value of learning and becoming proficient in a second language.   For this reason, I encourage the use of German from the start of German I.  I want our students of German to command the language rather than be commanded by the language.  This can only be achieved once students feel comfortable “using” German.  The text that is being used is Deutsch Aktuell (EMC Paradigm Publishing, 1998)   I anticipate covering chapters one through ten.  Below you will find all topics and grammar points that will be taught and discussed in German I.  Please refer to this guide on occasion and stay informed of what your child is learning in this class.





    There is a preliminary chapter (Vorschau) before chapter one in the textbook.  This chapter will expose students to the German-speaking countries in Europe.  Upon completion of this chapter, students will be able to say, read and write:


    1.      Simple dialogue

    2.      greetings and salutations

    3.      What is your name?                    (students have German names)

    4.      How are you—formally and informally

    5.      the alphabet

    6.      the numbers 0-20

    7.      names of various classroom objects

    8.      useful classroom expressions

    9.      How old are you? and give their own age.

    10.  the verbs, to be, to be called, to go, to come, to play as well as

    conjugate these verbs


    Chapter One – “Wer bist du?” ("Who are you?”):  Upon completion of this chapter (approximately 3 weeks), students will be able to:


    1.      introduce themselves and others

    2.      greet people formally and informally

    3.      ask and tell how things are going

    4.      give information about themselves and surroundings

    5.      ask where someone lives and say where they live

    6.      maintain a simple dialogue


    Chapter Two – “Spiel und Spass” (“Fun and Games”):  Upon completion of this chapter (approximately 2-3 weeks), students will be able to:


    1.      describe people

    2.      answer a telephone call

    3.      ask and tell the time

    4.      ask for and give information

    5.      introduce themselves and others

    6.      describe family members and explain relationships


    Chapter Three – “Komm mit nach Hause (“Come home?”):  Upon completion of this chapter (approximately 2-3 weeks), students will be able to:


    1.      ask and tell what someone is doing

    2.      talk about what interests you

    3.      express likes and dislikes with and without modal verbs

    4.      state their opinion and ask for the opinions of others

    5.      report information

    6.      read and engage in more complex dialogues

    7.      Read a letter in German


    Chapter Four – “Die Schule” (“School”):  Upon completion of this chapter (approximately 2-3 weeks), students will be able to:


    1.      describe and discuss school life

    2.      inquire about details

    3.      identify objects

    4.      describe daily routines

    5.      sequence events

    6.      agree and disagree

    7.      Do an oral report discussing subjects, teachers and routine


    Chapter Five – “Klamotten Kaufen” (“Buying Clothes”):  Upon completion of this chapter (approximately 2-3 weeks), students will be able to:


                                        1.      make and ask for suggestions

    2.      ask about prices and indicate whether expensive or economical

    3.      describe clothing and choose clothing

    4.      recognize and use the names of various colors in German by being able to express one’s favorite color and how to describe the color of various clothing items

    5.      describe the concept of “Langer Samstag”

    6.      compare shopping in Germany to shopping in the US

    7.      talk about a department store


    Chapter Six – “Pläne Machen” (“Making Plans”):  Upon completion of this chapter (approximately 3 weeks), students will be able to:


    1.      say, use, read and recognize the names of various foods

    2.      say, use, read and recognize the names of fruits and vegetables

    3.      choose from a menu and order at a café

    4.      offer something to eat and drink

    5.      compare appropriate tipping procedures in the US and in Germany

    6.      make requests

    7.      express likes and dislikes

    8.      give advice

    9.      learn a German proverb  -- Guter Rat kommt nie zu spat!

    10.  talk about what to do today


    Chapter Seven – “Zu Hause Helfen”  (“Helping out at Home”):  Upon completion of this chapter (approximately 3 weeks), students will be able to:


    1.      describe and discuss the weather

    2.      give a weather report to the class

    3.      write a short letter

    4.      identify countries and languages spoken there

    5.      ask where someone is from and indicate where they are from

                                        6.   give more precise information about themselves and others


    Chapter 8 – “Einkaufen Gehen” (“Going Shopping”):  Upon completion of this chapter (approximately 2-3 weeks), students will be able to:


    1.      asking what one should do

    2.      offering opinions as to what one should do in various circumstances

    3.      talking about quantities

    4.      expressing indifference and saying you want something else

    5.      giving reasons

    6.      saying where you were and what you purchased

    7.      express intentions

    8.      analyzing advertisements for food

    9.      use imperatives with different verbs


    Chapter 9 – “Amerikaner in München” (“Americans in Munich”):  Upon completion of this chapter (approximately 2-3 weeks), students will be able to:


    1.      talk about where something is located

    2.      asking for and giving directions

    3.      talking about what there is to eat and drink

    4.      saying that you do or don’t want more

    5.   expressing opinions


    Chapter 10 – “Kino und Konzerte”  (“Movies and Concerts”):  Upon completion of this chapter (approximately 2-3 weeks), students will be able to:


    1.      describe going to the theater and movies in Germany and make

    comparisons to customs in the US

    2.      talk about a film

    3.      describe various types of films

    4.      describe weekend activities and hobbies

    5.      make plans

    6.      point out tasks and obligations

    7.      ask someone out



    1.      talk about sports

    2.      express likes and dislikes in a more complex manner

    3.      restate information and inquire about personal preferences

    4.      identify parts of the body (sing a song)





    Deutsch I Informationsblatt


    Guten Tag und Willkommen to first year Deutsch—surely to be one of the greatest classes that you will ever have.  J  I really look forward to the opportunity to work with you and watch you all become scholars of the German language.  Below, you will find a breakdown of expectations and evaluation procedures.  Remember:  Only together can we make this a successful and productive year!


    Daily materials required (this means expected!)


    1.      Your textbook Deutsch Aktuell I

    2.     A pen (blue or black ink only)

    3.     Note paper—please do not interrupt class and ask me for this as it is your responsibility to come prepared

    4.     Deutsches Heft (this will be provided by Frau B.)

    5.     Kleines Verbbuch (small index card book provided by Frau B.)

    6.     “White-out” or any similar error-correcting liquid or device

    ***7.  Be sure to bring your smiling face and your most pleasant attitude!!!




    A:  Grading:  All students will be graded according to the following four



                                 1.  Homework                   20%


                                 2.  Oral Participation       20%


                                 3.  Quizzes**                  20%   (I DO GIVE SURPRISE

                                                                                   QUIZZES OFTEN !!)    

                                 4.  Tests                         40%            

    B:  Exams:

                       There will be a major exam at the end of each chapter (Kapitel)

                       and frequent quizzes, both oral and written.


    C:  Extra Credit:

                       Since students are expected to participate fully each day and

                       do their absolute best on all exams, quizzes and practice drills,

                       there will be no extra credit opportunities.


    D:  Missed Work:

                       If a student has an excused absence, it is the responsibility of

                       that student to make up any missed tests, quizzes and

                       homework.  Be sure to see me for any handouts or questions

                       regarding material covered during your absence.  Any work

                       missed must be completed within two (2) days of your return.


    E:  Class Rules: 

    1.       Treat your teacher and your classmates with respect just as you would like to be treated.  Remember the Golden Rule???


    2.     Do all of your assigned work the day it is assigned because no late work will be accepted.


    3.     German is hard enough to speak, so no gum, food or drinks are allowed in this classroom.


    4.     When I talk you will listen and when you talk, I will listen.


    5.     Raise your hand when you wish to ask a question or make a comment


    6.     Do not even attempt to turn in an assignment that is illegible or written on torn paper.


    7.     Do not even think of making fun of anyone in this class.


    8.     Always follow dress code as stated in your agenda.


    9.     Language learning is supposed to be a lot of fun, so let’s have fun!