HSLDA Online Academy | German 1

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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