HSLDA Online Academy | German 1
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German 1

Master Teacher:  Faith Cruz

Faith CruzMaster Teacher

Faith Cruz

MA, Duke University
BA, Furman University

Faith Engroos Cruz is a former adjunct professor at Duke University who has a passion for language and learning. After graduating from Furman University, she was awarded a coveted Fulbright Teacher’s Fellowship, which afforded her the opportunity to spend a year living and teaching in Austria. At the end of the year, she returned to the U.S., where she completed a master’s degree in German. Along with a love of German music and culture, she has a nerdy love for grammar.

Faith homeschools her own four children and is actively involved in her local church, where she teaches Awana and works in a nursing home ministry.

When not working with students to develop their love of language, she loves to read, swim, and spend time with friends.

Faith has taught for 25 years, including 8 years of teaching German and 2 years of teaching in an online setting. 

Duration: Yearlong course offered in fall/spring (32 weeks).
Suggested High School Credit Value: 1 credit.
Suggested Grade Level: 9th grade level and up.
Tuition: $495 for HSLDA Members/$545 for non-HSLDA Members. 

Description: In German 1, students will learn about German culture, society, and history while studying the language. Students will learn the the fundamentals of German grammar and practice conversational German.

German 1 — Live Online Class Session Schedule, 2017–18

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time


Section 1
Mondays, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Eastern

Mrs. Faith Cruz

Additional class times will be added as they become available for registration. If you have questions, please call 540-338-8290 or email academy@hslda.org.

Special Technology Requirements: The class includes written and oral testing. Students should be prepared to speak on mic in class. 

Frequently Asked Questions about German 1

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  • What books will I use in German 1?

    In this beginner's German class, students will use both the textbook and the workbook for Deutsch Aktuell 1 (5th Edition).

  • What topics will I learn about in German 1?

    This course begins with basic German and extends to intermediate German proficiency through rigorous but enjoyable instruction. Students will enjoy practicing their German skills using periodic games.

    The weekly live class sessions focus on introducing new grammar and practicing conversational skills. Homework will reinforce the grammar introduced each week.

    Live Classes will feature famous German-speaking composers and their works. Each week, students will also be asked to listen to or watch ERF Christian German TV/Radio, which are streamed live. Throughout the year, students will also learn about German traditions and history.

  • Am I ready to take German 1?

    Students do not need previous German or foreign language experience to be successful in German 1. Students should be able to read and write at a 9th grade level.

    Please visit our Academic Readiness page for more information.

  • What if I have a schedule conflict with listed German 1 class times?

    All live class sessions are recorded for later viewing. While it is recommended that students attend each live class session, students can make arrangements to watch the recordings and receive full participation credit.

    Students should contact their instructor at the start of their course to inform the instructor of any foreseen schedule conflicts. 

  • What is a Live Online Class Session in German 1?

    In every HSLDA Academy course, students meet weekly with their instructor and classmates in an online classroom for additional teaching, discussion, Q&A, or group activities. The class sessions are interactive and are conducted using a web meeting software with video, audio, chat, and application sharing capabilities.

    Scheduled, real-time sessions in the online classroom are not the only form of instruction available in a HSLDA Online Academy course, but are offered in addition to lectures or other instructional materials that students are able to access online at their convenience.

    When they register, students will need to select a particular class section and live class meeting time. Additional class sections may be added to the schedule at a later point in the course registration period. Registered students will be notified of any changes to the live session schedule.

  • What is the tuition for German 1?

    Please visit our tuition and discounts page for a full summary about course costs.

    HSLDA members save $50 on yearlong high school courses!