Course Requirements and
geni@l – A1 (level 1)
15 chapters (Lerneinheiten)– time frame – on average 10 days per chapter
3 review and test chapters (#5, 10, 15).
Units of study: We will study Units 1-7 during the first and second quarters and Units 8-15 during the last 2 marking periods.
Make-up policy:If you were absent on the day of a test or quiz, but were present when it was announced,you must take it the day you return. Otherwise, you have
1 week to make up any quiz or test. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to find out what you have missed during your absence.
Homework:There will be 3 - 4 homework assignments a week. Assignments are due the day after they were given unless otherwise notified.
Class participation: Participation includes having all necessary books, pencils,notebooks, folders,and other needed materials. You must have your book and workbook
with you everyday! You may not leave it in the classroom.
Grading: Students' grading is based on a weighted system and consists of the following:
Each Einheit will be assessed with at least three quizzes and one test, as well as various performance based activities.
There will be a final examination, including listening and speaking evaluations.
Students are expected to keep a well-ordered notebook, as well as a vocabulary booklet or a vocabulary file box.
Students are expected to bring their books (covered),workbooks, notebooks, vocabulary file, writing utensils every day.
Students are expected to complete their assignments in a timely fashion. There will be no late credit.
Students are expected to take charge of their learning and keep track of needs and progress.
Students should ask for extra help as soon as they see the need.
ACADEMIC HONESTY Plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty are considered serious offenses by the faculty and administration of Great Valley Middle School. Plagiarism is the act of representing the ideas or words of another as one’s own. Academic dishonesty is a broader term that includes plagiarism but also refers to various forms of academic misconduct such as allowing another student to use one’s work, relaying questions from a test or quiz or cheating in any of its forms. Students who are found guilty of these offenses can expect a procedure to be initiated, which will result in a teacher contacting a parent or guardian and a Referral Form being added to the student’s disciplinary file. In addition, one or more of the following actions may also occur: The student will receive a zero for the assignment. At the discretion of his or her teacher, the student may be required to rewrite or redo the assignment for a reduced grade. The student may lose membership in the National Honor Society or eligibility for membership in the National Honor Society. When a student wishes to appeal a decision, he/she should: Write a request to the principal for a hearing before an appeals committee comprised of the principal, the chair of the department within which the offense occurred, and the faculty member alleging the offense. Present evidence that supports an appeal for reconsideration of the charge or penalty that has been assigned.
I will be available to assist you to make sure that you succeed in this course. I am very flexible, don’t be afraid to
speak to me privately about any concerns you may have. This is a joint venture and we can do this and have fun in the process!
Einheit 1: What do you needed to know to answer questions about yourself and others?
1. How do people greet each other in Germany?
2. How do you ask, who someone or what something is?
3. What do you need to know to spell words?
4. What learning strategies are helpful when learning a foreign language?
5. What do you need to observe to sound authentic?
Einheit 2: What skills do you need to maintain an introductory conversation?
1. What do you need to know to talk about where you are from?
2. How do you express that you like an activity?
3. What do you need to know to talk about someone’s age?
4. How do verbs change to reflect the subject of the sentence?
5. How are questions formed which use question words?
6. Why is it important to listen for and practice the word accents and “sentence melody”?
7. What vocabulary and functions do you need to talk about yourself?
Einheit 3: How do you identify the gender of a noun?
How do you make questions in German?
1. What differences are there when comparing school objects in Germany and the US?
2. How do you identify the gender of a noun?
3. What is the word order in a yes/no question?
4. How does the treatment and use of nouns differ in German?
5. What are the rules governing the formation of “W-Fragen” and “Ja/Nein Fragen”?
Einheit 4: Which words do you need to inquire about someone’s school day, about sizes and
time of day?
How do you tell time in German?
1. How does daily school life differ in Germany?
2. What is different about how numbers past 20 are expressed in German?
3. How do you tell time in Germany?
4. Which endings are used to express the plurals of nouns?
5. How do verbs change for plural personal pronouns?
6. What have you learned to conduct a conversation with someone about daily school life?
Einheit 5: What phrases, words and strategies do you need to be able to conduct a basic conversation about self and
the school day in German?
1. What learning strategies are helpful and in what way to learn a foreign language?
2. What do you need to observe to sound authentic and in what way does this help?
3. What strategies will assist you in maintaining a basic conversation about personal information?
Einheit 6:. What do you need to know to talk about likes and dislikes, your family and friends?
1.How do you describe likes and dislikes, people and animals?
2. What happens to possessives and articles preceding nouns in the accusative case?
3. What part of speech is in the accusative case?
4. When do you use the accusative case and how is it applied?
Einheit 7: What do you need to know to make a date with someone, to plan an activity with someone?
1. What do you need to know to make a date with someone, to plan an activity?
2.What case is needed to express the action “where-to”?
3. How are separable prefix verbs different from regular verbs?
4. What differences are there in the negation of nouns v. verbs?
5. What do you need to know to make plans with another person and express your agreement
Einheit 8: What words are used to compare things?
How do you express that you like something better than something else?
1. How do you express what you do when?
2. What words are used to compare things?
3. How do you express that you like something better than something else?
4. What is the most important rule about word order?
5. What happens to stem-vowel changing verbs when they are conjugated?
6. How do you express your preferences?
Einheit 9: What words and functions do you need to describe your family?
1. What words and functions do you need to describe your family on a photo?
2. What are the plural possessives and how do they change in the accusative case?
3. What happens to verbs in the imperative?
Einheit 10: What vocabulary do you need to describe people and animals?
How do express possession?
Why should you space your study time?
1. What vocabulary do you need to describe people and animals?
2. How do you express possession?
3. What do you need to do to make plans?
4. What strategies are most conducive to remembering new material?
Einheit 11: How do you express wishes and congratulations?
What do you need to know to issue,accept or decline an invitation?
1. How do you wish someone a Happy Birthday in German?
2. What other phrases do you need to express wishes for special occasions?
3. What are the rules governing the formation of ordinal numbers?
4. How are the ways dates are expressed different in Germany and the US?
5. How do you express your regrets in response to an invitation?
6. What are the differences in the use of modal verbs and other verbs?
7. What vocabulary and functions do you need to talk about birthdays and other holidays
Einheit 12: How do you ask where something is located?
1. Which words do you need to describe your school?
2. How do you ask for information regarding locations?
3. How do you give directions?
4. What do you need to know to fulfill the objectives of Einheit 12?
Einheit 13: What are the common cultural characteristics of the German speaking countries?
What vocabulary and functions do you need to talk about your travel plans?
1. What vocabulary is needed to read a map?
2. What vocabulary and functions are needed to effectively plan a trip or an excursion?
3. What vocabulary and functions are needed to order in a restaurant?
4. What vocabulary and functions do you need to study to fulfill the lesson objectives?
Einheit 14: What vocabulary and linguistic functions are needed to talk about your daily and
What strategies are helpful to decode an unfamiliar text?
1. What strategies are there to assist you in reading an unfamiliar text?
2. What vocabulary and functions are needed to describe your daily routine?
3. How do personal and reflexive pronouns differ?
4. How are professional education and preparation in Germany different from the US?
Einheit 15: Which learning strategies have been most helpful?
What are some of the differences in sentence structure of various sentences?
1. What suggestions would you give a beginning student to have a successful experience i
n German class?
2. How do you distinguish between the different prepositions in German?
3. What vocabulary and functions help you to make plans with someone?