German: Beginner Level 3

The German language boasts about 120 million native speakers. It is the most widely spoken native language in the European Union. The German-speaking countries are ranked fifth in terms of annual publication of new books, with one tenth of all books (including e-books) in the world being published in German language. Count yourself among its learners in this series of engaging classes, emphasizing spoken production and interaction. All classes are taught by highly educated and experienced native speakers, representing a variety of cultures and accents. This level is for students who have at least 25 hours of classroom time in the language within the last year, have a basic command of the language, are familiar with everyday expressions, and can make very simple sentences. Following the guidelines of the Common European Framework of Reference, students at this level will learn to identify the highest frequency vocabulary related to areas of most immediate personal relevance, read very short, simple texts, communicate in routine tasks requiring a simple exchange of information on familiar topics, and describe their families, educational backgrounds, and jobs. Instructor: Francesca Ferraris

Sections

GRB3-WI20.01

Start Date

January 15, 2020

Time

7:45pm

Location

CCAE

Cost

$255.00

Availability

9

9 Wednesdays, 7:45-9:15pm. Begins Jan. 15 No class Feb. 12 & 19

Please note, this course might require the additional purchase of a textbook. Please wait after attending the first class to buy a book

Instructors: Francesca Ferraris, Diana Erinna

Instructors

Francesca Ferraris

Francesca is a native Italian. She moved from Rome to Vienna, Austria at the age of six. She completed German and Romance Studies with a Master's degree at the University of Vienna, where she later worked as an academic researcher with a special focus on German literature of the 17th century. For 12 years, Francesca headed one of the Wiener Volkshochschulen -- a renowned adult education center in Vienna. She has been teaching Italian and German classes of all levels for more than 30 years, and enjoys watching how students reach the ultimate goal of language acquisition, namely being themselves in a foreign language. Francesca moved to Boston with her family in 2007 and joined CCAE as German instructor in 2010. She has been CCAE's program manager for languages, history and travel & tours since 2017.

Diana Erinna

Diana is a German native from then East Germany who holds a degree in German as a Foreign Language. After arriving in the US, Diana enjoyed teaching students at Harvard University followed by leading the German program at Northeastern University Boston. She has developed the German program’s language curriculum and course materials there, and has led several “German Language and Culture” courses to Germany.

“Everyone is different, and we learn in different ways. I pride myself on being flexible, creative, and with over 20 years of experience teaching German. I take into account what your goal is, and what is the right method for you. I integrate what is important to you whether it is business culture, pronunciation, presentation or sentence structure and grammar – the main focus remains on competence in the language, culture and communication.”