Kursangebot 2015 | Course Offerings 2015
 
Winter   January 2 - March 19, 2017   Class sizes are flexible and students may join during the semester, if feasible. See our calendar for the current schedule. All our language courses are based on a communicative approach, embedding speaking, reading, writing, and listening comprehension in cultural contexts. We tailor our classes for fast learning to students’ specific needs.
Spring   March 20 - June 17, 2017 (Spring Break: May1–May 14)
Summer   June 5 - August 19, 2017 (Summer Break: August 17-September 14)
Fall   September 15 - December 29, 2017

Um die Schnupperklasse zu koordinieren, füllen Sie bitte diese kurzeVoranmeldung aus.

To set up an introductory class, please complete this short pre-registration form.

Mittelstufenklasse…Jennifer and Kana (photo: Marion Gerlind)

Deutschklassen | German Classes

Deutsch für AnfängerInnen I & II
Gruppe I: Mittwochs:19.00-20.00
Gruppe II: Montags, 18.00-19.30, Oakland
und nach Vereinbarung

Beginning German I & II
Group 1: Wednesday: 7:00-8:00 p.m
Group II: Mondays, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Oakland
and by agreement
Sandy
Sally and Marion. (Photo: Jenny Hilfer)

Willkommen! You’re very welcome to enroll in this course without any previous knowledge of German. Focusing on conversational standard German, you will quickly develop basic speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills and study elementary grammar and vocabulary. Using authentic German language texts from a variety of media (print, digital, audio, and video), you will become familiar with German and im/migrant cultures and the geography of German-speaking countries. You will learn to communicate in German about everyday topics, including greetings, your life, family and friends, hobbies, housing, daily routine, time, holidays, food, shopping, and dining. Teaching material (editions) will be discussed in our introductory class. For questions regarding placement and for more information, please contact Marion@gerlindinstitute.org.

  • Textbook:
    Di Donato, Clyde, Vansant. Deutsch Na klar! (6th edition). McGraw-Hill.

  • Workbook:
    Jeanine Briggs. Workbook to accompany Deutsch Na klar! (6th edition). McGraw-Hill.
    Interactive
    CD-ROM to accompany Deutsch Na klar! (5th edition) or DVD to accompany Deutsch Na klar! (5th edition). McGraw-Hill.

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Deutsch für die Mittelstufe I & II
Gruppe I: Montags, 14.00-15.30, Oakland
Gruppe II: Freitags, 16.30-18.00, Berkeley
und nach Vereinbarung

Intermediate German I & II
Group I: Mondays, 2:00-3:30 p.m., Oakland
Group II: Fridays, 4:30-6:00, Berkeley
and by agreement

Shawnette, Jeff and Alison (photo:Marion Gerlind)

Alles klar? In this course you will continue your German studies at the intermediate level. We’ll focus on further developing your conversational German skills, broadening your speaking, reading, writing, and listening comprehension, and studying basic grammar and vocabulary. You will become more familiar with German and im/migrant cultures in German-speaking countries through authentic German language texts from a variety of media (print, digital, audio, and video). You will learn to communicate in German about everyday topics in the past and future, including sports and other leisure activities, health and fitness, traveling, media and technology, personal wishes, and public opinion. Teaching material (editions) will be discussed in our introductory class. For questions regarding placement and for more information, please contact Marion@GerlindInstitute.org.

  • Textbook: Di Donato, Clyde, Vansant. Deutsch Na klar! (6th edition). McGraw-Hill.

  • Workbook: Jeanine Briggs. Workbook to accompany Deutsch Na klar! (6th edition). McGraw-Hill.
    Audio CDs to accompany Deutsch Na klar! (6th edition). McGraw-Hill.
    Interactive CD-ROM to accompany Deutsch Na klar! (5th edition)

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Deutsch für die Mittelstufe Tutorium
Samstags, 15.00-16.00 Uhr, Oakland
Intermediate German Tutorial
Saturdays, 3:00-4:00 p.m., Oakland
Marion, Camalo, Jenny, Penn
Marion, Camalo, Jenny, Penny (photo: Jennifer Hilfer)

Textbook: Moeller et. al. Kaleidoskop (7th edition).
Houghton Mifflin.

Es ist alles so schön bunt hier! Building on your previous German studies, we’ll discuss a variety of everyday topics, deepen an understanding of German-speaking cultures and our complex global histories, review grammar, and expand your Wortschatz. By the end of this course, you will be able to communicate about topics of general interest orally and in writing, gain greater competence in German grammar, and enhance your knowledge of historical and cultural German issues. We will read and interpret authentic German language texts of various genres from a variety of media (print, digital, audio, and video).

Topics in this course include, but are not limited to, leisure time, work life, media, Germany history of the 20th and 21st centuries, family, music, stereotypes, multicultural and environmental issues. The textbook will provide structure for your studies and exercises for grammar review. We currently focus on solidifying German grammar. Teaching material (editions) will be discussed in our introductory class. For questions regarding placement or for more information, please contact Marion@GerlindInstitute.org

 
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Konversationsgruppe…Marion, Jude, special guest: Birgit, Lu, and Elana (Photo: Hazim Bazian)
Konversations- und Lesegruppen für Fortgeschrittene
Freitags, 14.30-16.00 Uhr, Berkeley •  alle 2 Wochen, je 1,5 Stunden und nach Vereinbarung

In diesen Gruppen diskutieren wir anhand von deutscher Literatur und online Artikeln aus deutschen Zeitungen und Zeitschriften über Themen unserer Wahl, z.B. internationale Literatur, Immigration und Flüchtlingssituation, Antirassismusarbeit, Diversität, deutsche und US amerikanische Unterschiede, kulturelle Stereotype, Soziolinguistik, deutsche Geschichte, Spiritualität und unsere persönlichen Leben.

Themen und Hausaufgaben nach gemeinsamer Vereinbarung. Diese Gruppen sind zurzeit offen für neue Teilnehmer_innen. Bei Interesse und für weitere Informationen schreiben Sie bitte an Marion@gerlindinstitute.org.

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Konversation für deutsche MuttersprachlerInnen und Fortgeschrittene
Montags, 16.00-17.30, Oakland, bi-weekl
und nach Vereinbarung

Roundtable
Leo, Ralph, Marion, Judy and Rita at the German Studies Association Conference, 2010 (Photo: JB)

Freie Konversation über literarische und andere Themen unserer Wahl. Wir sprachen über unsere Lebensgeschichten, Rassismus, Nazi Holocaust, Reisen, deutsches Bildungssystem und vieles mehr. Bei Interesse und für weitere Informationen schreiben Sie bitte an Marion@GerlindInstitute.org

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Danke!Enjoy Germany 2018!

In this interactive, preparatory course for the Germany Education Trip, May 2018, you will become familiar with Germany’s history and culture via literature and films relevant to our travels, practice skills such as learning your way around with public transportation, study cultural differences and navigate the logistics of our group’s adventure.

This course is a prerequisite for the spring 2018 trip. We designed this to enrich and enhance your intercultural experience as a well-prepared traveller. It consists of six two-hour sessions, spread over six months prior to departure. Click here to see participants' comments from the 2016 trip.

The cost is $40 per person per session, or $240, in advance, payable to Gerlind Institute for Cultural Studies. Register by August 2017 via PayPal, or mail a check to the Gerlind Institute address: 2128 108th Avenue, Oakland, CA 94603.

MONTH TOPICS COVERED ASSIGNMENT DUE
November 2017 Introductions
Geography of Germany
Travel dates
Flight options, travel insurance
Introduction, and discussion, of Reservation Form and Terms and Conditions
Bring your wish list to next meeting
December 2017 What are you interested in doing?
Discuss itinerary and resource lists
Intro to German travel language
Signed Reservation Form and Deposit
Designate stateside emergency contacts
January 2018 Interactive exercises in navigating public transit in Berlin and Hamburg
German travel language
Practice German asking directions, etc.
Balance due
February 2018 Cultural differences, e.g. dining out customs: ordering, payment, tipping, public behavior expectations, resource conservation (recycling)
German travel language: role playing ordering food
Practice counting, ordering food, and paying the bill
 
March 2018 Discussion of literature & films relevant to the travel
Literature and film resource lists
German travel language: conversation
Mini presentation of your reading or film viewing
April 2018 Getting ready: exchanging money, phone services: SIMM cards
Review final itinerary
Travel language & potluck
Bring a dish for the potluck
     
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