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German 1

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: $629 for HSLDA Members / $699 for non-members

Description: German 1 covers grammar, vocabulary, conjugations, cases, and other fundamental concepts that are necessary for building a better understanding of the German language. Students learn common German terms and phrases, covering the seasons, activities, family life, sports, eating out, and school subjects. Live classes are conducted in both English and German. Periodic language games keep students engaged while reinforcing the course content. Students study German history and traditions to help them contextualize and appreciate German culture. They also listen to ERF Christian German Radio/TV weekly, which immerses them in the language and shows them how to worship God in German.

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Live Online Class Session Schedule

Dates: August 19, 2024 - May 2, 2025

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time


Section 1: Tuesdays, 12:30–2:00 p.m. Eastern

Mrs. Faith Cruz

Additional class times may be added to the schedule later in the registration period. Please note: all class times are subject to the availability of each individual instructor. See this page for more information. If you have questions, please call 540-338-8290 or email academy@hslda.org.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Students will learn

    • How to use proper German grammar, including definite and indefinite articles, regular and irregular verb conjugations, and negation with nicht and kein 
    • How to use both the present and present perfect tenses 
    • How to recognize and utilize nominative, accusative, and dative cases 
    • How to understand and utilize modal auxiliaries 
    • How to conjugate verbs with stem vowel change 
    • How and when to use formal and informal forms of “you” 
    • How to understand and utilize possessive adjectives in nominative and accusative cases 
    • How to express time in German 
  • How much homework is in German 1?

    We estimate that the course workload will take 5–7 hours per week. During a typical week in this course, students will complete the following coursework:

    • 60–90 minutes of live class instruction
    • Workbook assignment
    • Vocabulary study
    • 30 minutes of listening to German radio/tv
    • 1–2 quizzes

    Throughout the year, students complete an exam every 2-3 weeks and one oral exam each semester. 

  • What books will I use in German 1?

    The official booklist for German 1 is now available. In the official booklist, you will find information about the editions, book descriptions, and ISBN numbers.

    You can order course materials for competitive prices through the Christianbook.com bookstore. Use the Textbook Finder to locate the required resources for your courses. Please note that while most books are available through Christianbook.com, some titles are not carried and will need to be purchased elsewhere.

  • Prerequisites

    No previous German or foreign language experience is necessary. Students should be able to read and write at the 9th grade level. 

  • 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 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.