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Ms. Barliakos (Frau B.)

HALLO!     SERVUS!     GRÜß DICH!     GUTEN TAG!     MOIN MOIN!     GRÜß GOTT!

My name is Mary Barliakos and I am the Deutschlehrerin (German teacher) here at Burgettstown Middle High School. I am very excited about the opportunity to work with your sons and daughters, and I hope they will enjoy this experience as much as I. German is a wonderful and extremely useful language to offer our students. I know that the German language may sound a bit harsh, but this just makes learning the language all the more fun to learn, hear, and teach.

I would also like to take this opportunity to tell you a bit about myself, as it is quite important to know something about the person working with your sons and daughters. This is my twenty-first year at Burgettstown. I was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and am a graduate of Michigan State University. It was there I received my BA in German Studies. In addition to my studies at MSU, I have also studied in Freiburg, Germany, where I really had a wonderful opportunity to experience the language and live the culture. Upon my return from Germany, I completed my graduate studies at Wayne State University in the heart of Detroit, earning my Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT).  

I would also like to use this time to inform you how our German classes are structured. Every day, I emphasize each of the five basic skills of language learning, i.e., listening, speaking, reading, writing and culture. It is my firm belief that the more a student is immersed in a foreign language, the chances are greater that the student will not become intimidated, but rather will want to use the language as a means of communication. Having said this, it has been my experience that students respond better and are more attentive when only the target language is used. I would like to see each of our students become a proficient speaker of German, at each level.

I really am very fortunate to be able to work with such a great group of students and welcome the opportunity to get to know parents as well.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at mbarliakos@burgettstown.k12.pa.us or call (724) 947-8100 ext.133. I will respond at the end of the school day.

Alles Gute! 

Mary Barliakos