Please note: Instruction this Fall/Winter 2020/21 Term will be contingent on NYU's, New York State's, and federal health regulations and policies that may impact the way the term can operate. Should classes have to be cancelled by Deutsches Haus at NYU, we will refund the affected registrants. We do, however, suggest you register your child as soon as possible, so that Deutsches Haus at NYU can have a better idea about which classes might run. Thanks!
If you have any questions regarding classes beyond the information below, please direct them to Uta Habbig. Should you have administrative questions, please reach out to Tanja Schmitz.
Classes will be live virtual sessions on Zoom that will incorporate: book readings, song singing, worksheets, a sharing time (to spur discussion amongst the children in German) and other playful activities. As such, please be respectful of class time and strive for punctuality.
Toddler Class (ages 3-4)
This class teaches children to interact with the language by playing games, making crafts, singing songs, and storytelling. These activities supplement our standard German kindergarten activities especially learning the concepts of same and different, size, opposites, left and right, numbers, colors and more. Seasonal topics are also incorporated into the lesson plan.
Primary Class (ages 5-6)
This class teaches children to learn and practice German through playful activities that encourage the kids to communicate in German. The curriculum is filled with activities that encourage language and literacy development in young children, e.g. rhythmic games, playing with syllables and letters. Reading and writing is introduced through games and other supplemental learning materials.
Lower Elementary (ages 7-8)
This class teaches children to focus on conversation, expand their vocabulary and work on Grammar, as well as reading and writing in German. Reading and writing is introduced within the learning topic. Other supplemental learning materials are supporting the reading and writing development as well.
This class focuses on conversation. A strong literary component also ensures that the students not only listen, speak and play in German, but read and write, as well as work on grammar. The topics are chosen according to children's interests to provide a fun yet educational environment similar to schools in Germany.
Upper Elementary (11-12)
This class is for students who are already communicating well, but need to work on grammar and orthography. Students will apply word analysis and vocabulary skills to comprehend selections and they will read and comprehend unfamiliar words using root words, synonyms, antonyms, word origins and derivations.
Through the various reading of different stories and hands-on activities, students will make inferences, draw conclusions, compare and contrast, summarize stories, use context clues and establish purposes for reading. We will also focus on thinking and integrating the language process to help students improve their written communication skills.