Develop your German skills in a community of learners.
Our program targets adults, 16 and older. Courses focus on practical and conversational German. Class time is dedicated to partner/group work and task-based activities, so that the spoken language you practice in class can be seamlessly applied to real-life. You'll learn the basics of the German language in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, in a community of like-minded learners.
20 units of face-to-face instruction (2 units/week; each unit is 50 min. long)
Access to online platform with daily recommendations for self-study and peer-to-peer communication
Instructor's feedback on completed (printed) homework assignments
Close family of current/past students of the SAGA School. Qualifiying status to be verified with the SAGA School.
Language-Strides FamilyStudents who completed three consecutive courses at Language Strides prior to signing-up to the current course
Tuition includes access to online course.
Tuition does NOT include textbook.
Continuing Student Discount: $25
This is a re-enrollment incentive for students taking consecutive classes at Language Strides.
Please register early to secure your spot in class and increase the class' outlook for meeting minimum enrollment numbers. Due to budget and space limitations, classes will be cancelled unless they have a minimum of 8-10 students.
Students may cancel before the second class. Tuition will be refunded (minus a $40 administrative fee). After the second class, no refunds will be issued.
Interested in a different skill level?
We are working towards expanding our class offerings in the future. In order to help with these efforts, we are collecting information about prospective students to establish demand for more advanced levels. Please fill out the Indication of Interest Form. We will contact you if additional classes develop. Danke!
For Deutsch 1 thru Deutsch 6: Kontakte (6th or 7th edition)* by Tschirner/Nicolai/Terrell.
*PLEASE NOTE: The most recent edition of Kontakte is the 8th. We decided to work with the 6th/7th edition for their cost-benefit ratio. Buying a used hard-copy online is highly recommended. The recommended editions and the newest are virtually identical in their presentation of grammatical concepts, vocabulary, and communicative activities. The main difference between the editions is the cultural content. The class will not use the book as a primary source of teaching cultural sensitivity, but will practice these skills organically, through task-based activities.
For Deutsch 7 thru Deutsch 9: Schritte International NEU, Band 4, Niveau A2/2, Hueber Verlag
TEACHING METHODS & STANDARDS
Taking a class at Language Strides will expose you to a dynamic learning environment that fosters a community of learners. You'll be immersed in a communicative setting backed by the rigors of a college-level program. You'll expand your cultural understanding of the German-speaking peoples and develop structural tools for lifelong learning.
Our ultimate goal as teachers is to keep you and your peers connected and engaged in the long-term endeavor of learning German even when you are not taking a class.
The targeted skill levels listed for each class allow you to cross-reference the skills acquired at Language Strides with similar courses at other language schools. This means that you can continue to learn flexibly by taking continuing courses with us or other language learning instituions that adhere to global standards in language learning.
Looking for professional or personal enrichment?
Our German classes pave your way for successful lifelong learning.
Thinking about college credits/foreign language requirement?
Our German classes Deutsch 1-6 align with the language programs offered at the Seattle Colleges and the University of Washington to allow for a seamless transition into these and similar academic prorgams.*
*Please Note: While we help you acquire the skills that allow you to test into a specific college language level, we cannot offer college credit for the classes you take at Language Strides.
Deutsch 7-12, classes at the intermediary level, review the fundamentals of the German language and help students improve their fluency and accuracy, while increasing their idiomatic usage, linguistic confidence, and cultural understanding of German-speaking peoples.
Hallo, ich bin Gloria, Founder of Language Strides.
I have been teaching German-language and culture classes for more than two decades. My academic appointments include teaching positions at the Seattle Colleges, the University of Washington, and the University of Puget Sound. In 2017, I founded the Adult German Program at the Seattle Area German American School (SAGA), the educational and cultural hub that partners with Language Strides in offering German Classes for the SAGA Community.
I am a life-long advocate of multilingual education, fostering cultural heritage and trans-cultural empathy. As a German heritage-speaker from Romania, I have first-hand experience on the importance of educational programs that protect minorities and their cultures. My work for the American Romanian Cultural Society, a Seattle-based non-profit, helped create a heritage-culture program for high-school students hosted at the University of Washington Ellison Center.
When I am not planning new class-activities for my students, you'll find me outdoors, hiking, climbing, bird-watching, and playing with my two and four-legged family.
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