G-series Classes (G100 - G600) & START Beginner Classes

Beginner / Anfänger to Intermediate / Mittelstufe

18-week semester, meet once a week for 2.5 hours - START Beginner Classes meet for 12 weeks

An immersion-style curriculum that builds language skills for students who may be interested in reaching Goethe-Zertifikat  B1 proficiency. Classes in the G-series are a good choice for those learning German for academic or professional reasons, experienced language learners, or students looking for an accelerated pace and stimulating learning environment. 

To determine which level course to take, you can complete a Language Assessment We offer three different exam levels. Please note the "Schritte" level (Einstufung) when you are finished.

See attached chart for classes and course levels. 

To contact Language Services call 651-222-2979 or email language@gai-mn.org for more information.

Course Descriptions

German A1.1 / G100 A1.1 - Beginner German class offered in 18-week or 12-week START sessions

G200 A1.2: (Schritte 2; Lektion 8) Course begins with a review of the Perfekt and introduces prepositions and pronouns in the dative case. A sample of topics covered includes navigating in a city, shopping, and health concerns. Offered in 18-week or 12-week START sessions

START 1 / 2 / 3 sessions each last 12 weeks and cover same materials and content as G100 / G200 

G300 A2.1: (Schritte 3; Lektion 1) Review of Akkusativ and Dativ in addition to introducing grammar topics such as inverted word order within clauses, reflexive verbs, and Präteritum. Intermediate vocabulary topics such as the workplace, European school system, and family relationships are also covered.

G400 A2.2: (Schritte 4; Lektion 8) Introduces subjunctive to make requests, adjective endings, and passive voice. Further practice of Dativ and Akkusativ (especially the prepositions) and advanced word order within clauses. A sample of topics covered include vacation planning, business transactions, and intergenerational ties.

G500 B1.1: (Schritte 5; Lektion 1) Further practice of Präteritum and advanced forms of past tense as well as passive and both forms of subjunctive. Other grammar topics include Genitiv, relative clauses, and zu +infinitive. A sample of topics covered include giving an event report, ideal living situations, and preparing for a job interview.

G600 B2.1: (Schritte 6; Lektion 8) Comprehensive overview of B1 level grammar and vocabulary. A sampling of advanced vocabulary topics that are introduced and practiced include: politics and history, technology, and international relations. 

Next recommended course: Advanced Mittelstufe Review.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I learned German years ago, and I'm not sure which class I should sign up for. What do you recommend?                          

A: Start with the Language Assessment and select the class based on your results. 

Q: The  Language Assessment told me I should start at Lektion 8. What does this mean?

A: Schritte 2, Schritte 4, and Schritte 6 all start at Lektion 8 instead of Lektion 1. This is just the beginning of that course.

Q: I think the Language Assessment  is wrong. Can I register for a different level?

A: You can register for whichever course you think is best for you. However, the placement exams are designed by the publishers of the textbooks we use, so they are a good indicator of skill level and knowledge. Though ultimately -it's up to you! You do not need approval to register for a different course.

Q: My high school student is interested in one of your adult classes. Is that okay?

A: Yes, as long as s/he is comfortable being in a class with adults. We have had several high school students successfully take our adult classes before. We are also offering German for Teens and that may be another option. 

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