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ADULT GERMAN CLASSES

Curriculum

Adult learners have a broad spectrum of personal and/or career-oriented educational goals.  To meet these goals, DANK Haus provides immersion language classes with challenging curricula covering listening comprehension, speaking fluency, writing, and grammar.

In our CORE PROGRAM we offer 7 levels of instruction for everyone from the true beginner to those with high school and college level experience.
  • Elementary German I (A1.1) through Elementary German IV (A2.2)
  • Intermediate German I (B1) and Intermediate German II (B2)
  • Advanced German (C1)
  • NEW: Online Reading and Writing (B1-C1 level)
For SPECIAL COURSES we offer mini sessions with focus on conversation, grammar review and business German during our summer semester.


Adult learners are generally considered 18 years and older. Please contact us regarding attendance of high school students.

What's a class at DANK Haus like? Testimonials!

Please meet Isabelle Flegel - one of our great teachers - and take a peak at this short but sweet portrait of an Elementary German I class at DANK Haus (click on the image)! As you can see, classes are interactive and communicative ... and fun!

der, die, das DANK Haus - online learning community


Friends and students of the German language! In der, die, das DANK Haus we share relevant information about German language and culture as well as news about DANK Haus language courses. It is also your platform to post questions, share useful tips and resources, search for a study or conversation partner, look for and pass on learning materials ....

Hallo und herzlich willkommen Freunde und Lernende der deutschen Sprache! In der, die, das DANK Haus teilen wir relevante Informationen über deutsche Sprache und Kultur sowie Aktuelles über DANK Haus Sprachkurse. Darüber hinaus ist es eure Plattform um Fragen zu stellen, Lerntipps zu teilen, nach Gesprächs- oder Lernpartnern zu suchen, Lehrbücher zu tauschen ... Schön dass ihr hier seid!


Registration

Registration for Summer Semester classes is CLOSED! Registration for Fall Semester classes will open in July 9th! Registration deadline is August 19th. Classes will be confirmed August 20th. Please sign up to be added to our contact list to receive email notification when we open registration for the next semester.

By registering, students agree to our school policies (covering withdrawal, refunds, media consent).  Please take a moment to read them!

When registering, immediate payment is required to finalize your registration.  Classes require a minimum enrollment of 6 students. We will confirm summer courses on June 1st. Please let us know if you have any questions!

Placement Tests

Are you joining us with previous learning German experience or are you a continuing student but not sure whether moving on to the next level is right for you?  Please take our placement tests to find the class level that fits your needs best.  Begin with Elementary German I and move on to the next test as you score 80% and more.  We recommend to register for the class level of the test in which you achieved less than 80%.

Academic Calendar

Classes are held by semester (Spring, Summer, Fall).

Spring and Fall Semesters are 16 sessions long and classes meet either Wednesdays 6:30-8:45 p.m. or Saturdays 9:30-11:45 a.m. 

Our Summer Semester is 8 weeks long and offers intensive Elementary German I and II classes that meet twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:30-8:45 p.m.) as well as mini courses with focus on Grammar Review, Conversation and Business German that meet once a week (day tbd) on weekday evenings from 6:30-8:45 p.m.

Summer 2018

Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:30-8:45pm                                       Intensive Elementary German I 

Wednesdays 6:30-8:45pm                                                       Beginning Conversation Mini Session                                   Advanced Conversation Mini Session                                       Grammar Review II Mini Session                                      

 June 5, 2018 First Day of Intensive Elementary I Class
 June 6, 2018
 First Day of Mini Session Classes
 July 3, 2018
 No Mini Session Classes
 July 27, 2018
 Last Day of Intensive Elementary I Class
 August 1, 2018
 Last Day of Mini Session Classes

Fall 2018

Registration for Fall Semester classes will open in July 9th! Registration deadline is August 19th. Classes will be confirmed August 20th.

Online German Class (upper elementary+intermediate levels)

Wednesdays 6:30-8:45pm                                                   Elementary German I, II, III + IV                                                     Intermediate German I + Intermediate German II                        Advanced German                                                                       Business German

Saturdays 9:15-11:45 am                                                      Elementary German I + Elementary German II                                

 August 25, 2018
 First Day of Saturday Classes
 August 29, 2018
 First Day of Wednesday Classes
 September 1,  2018
 No Saturday Classes - Labor Day
 September 12, 2018 First Weekly Kaffeeklatsch
 November 21+24,  2018
 No Classes - Thanksgiving Break 
 December 19, 2018 Last Fall Semester Kaffeeklatsch
 December 19, 2018
 Last Day of Wednesday Classes
 December 19, 2018  Semester End Party
 December 22, 2018  Last Day of Saturday Classes

Tuition and Material Costs

 CLASS MEMBER NON-MEMBER
 16 session Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced and Business Class $350 $375
 16 session Online Reading and Writing (Spring and Fall Semester only) $280 $300
 Summer Mini Session (8 classes) $178 $190
 Summer Online Reading and Writing Class (8 weeks) $140 $150


Payment is expected in full by the first day of class.  Please contact us to inquire about payment options.

Material costs for class levels vary:

Elementary German I through IV classes are working with a customized text and work book based on Kontakte, 8th edition. Text and workbook cost $100 per semester total.

Intermediate Levels are working with Stationen, 3rd Edition text book (ISBN-13: 9781285733821).  Students are required to purchase their copy on their own after classes have been confirmed.  Please take advantage of the variety of new and used books as well as ebook and rental versions available.

Upcoming classes

    • Saturday, August 25, 2018
    • Saturday, December 22, 2018
    • 16 sessions
    • DANK Haus
    • 12
    Register
    Willkommen to SATURDAY Elementary German I! This 16 class course is designed for beginning learners of German. You will learn how to communicate effectively in German on a basic level while developing strategies that will help you engage in conversations with native speakers and approach authentic reading material. This class will cover “Einführung A” through "Kapitel 2" of KONTAKTE, 8th edition.

    Minimum Enrollment: 6 Students

    • Saturday, August 25, 2018
    • Saturday, December 22, 2018
    • 16 sessions
    • DANK Haus
    • 16
    Register
    Willkommen to SATURDAY Elementary German II! This 16 class course is designed for beginning learners of German. You will learn how to communicate effectively in German on a basic level while developing strategies that will help you engage in conversations with native speakers and approach authentic reading material. This class will cover “Kapitel 3” through "Kapitel 5" of KONTAKTE, 8th edition.

    Minimum Enrollment: 6 Students

    • Wednesday, August 29, 2018
    • Wednesday, December 19, 2018
    • 16 sessions
    • DANK Haus
    • 14
    Register
    Willkommen to WEDNESDAY Elementary German I! This 16 class course is designed for beginning learners of German. You will learn how to communicate effectively in German on a basic level while developing strategies that will help you engage in conversations with native speakers and approach authentic reading material. This class will cover “Einführung A” through "Kapitel 2" of KONTAKTE, 8th edition.

    Minimum Enrollment: 6 Students

    • Wednesday, August 29, 2018
    • Wednesday, December 19, 2018
    • 16 sessions
    • DANK Haus
    • 15
    Register
    Willkommen to WEDNESDAY Elementary German II! This 16 class course is designed for beginning learners of German. You will learn how to communicate effectively in German on a basic level while developing strategies that will help you engage in conversations with native speakers and approach authentic reading material. This class will cover “Kapitel 3” through "Kapitel 5" of KONTAKTE, 8th edition.

    Minimum Enrollment: 6 Students

    • Wednesday, August 29, 2018
    • Wednesday, December 19, 2018
    • 16 sessions
    • DANK Haus
    • 14
    Register
    Willkommen to WEDNESDAY Elementary German III! This 16 class course is designed for beginning learners of German. You will learn how to communicate effectively in German on a basic level while developing strategies that will help you engage in conversations with native speakers and approach authentic reading material. This class will cover “Kapitel 6” through "Kapitel 8" of KONTAKTE, 8th edition.

    Minimum Enrollment: 6 Students

    • Wednesday, August 29, 2018
    • Wednesday, December 19, 2018
    • 16 sessions
    • DANK Haus
    • 16
    Register
    Willkommen to WEDNESDAY Elementary German IV! This 16 class course is designed for beginning learners of German. You will learn how to communicate effectively in German on a basic level while developing strategies that will help you engage in conversations with native speakers and approach authentic reading material. This class will cover “Kapitel 9” through "Kapitel 12" of KONTAKTE, 8th edition.

    Minimum Enrollment: 6 Students

    • Wednesday, August 29, 2018
    • Wednesday, December 19, 2018
    • 16 sessions
    • DANK Haus
    • 11
    Register
    Willkommen to Intermediate German I! This course is designed for lower intermediate learners of German. You will expand your knowledge in German and improve your ability to communicate effectively. You will also develop strategies that will help you engage in conversations with native speakers and approach authentic reading material. This class will cover “Station 1” through "Station 5" of Stationen, 3rd edition.
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    Minimum Enrollment: 6 Students

    • Wednesday, August 29, 2018
    • Wednesday, December 19, 2018
    • 16 sessions
    • DANK Haus
    • 12
    Register
    Willkommen to Intermediate German II! This course is designed for lower intermediate learners of German. You will expand your knowledge in German and improve your ability to communicate effectively. You will also develop strategies that will help you engage in conversations with native speakers and approach authentic reading material. This class will cover “Station 6” through "Station 10" of Stationen, 3rd edition.

    Minimum Enrollment: 6 Students

    • Wednesday, August 29, 2018
    • Wednesday, December 19, 2018
    • 16 sessions
    • DANK Haus
    • 8
    Register
    Willkommen zu WEDNESDAY Advanced German! This course aims to further expand your knowledge of German while focusing on strengthening your confidence in the use of German in everyday situations. A communicative approach of language teaching and learning is used and a variety of stimulating oral and written exercises is employed, in conjunction with listening and reading comprehension exercises. You will read and discuss a broad variety of interesting texts. Vocabulary will be expanded and grammatical ability will be strengthened. 


    Minimum Enrollment: 6 Students

    • Wednesday, August 29, 2018
    • Wednesday, December 19, 2018
    • 16 sessions
    • DANK Haus
    • 12
    Register

    NEW! Do you speak German at work? Take our Business German Course! Expand your conversational skills in meetings, interviews and at events. Foster your writing skills for effective business correspondence, e-mails and resumes. Learn to effectively communicate using German business communication styles, while considering cultural differences between the American and German business worlds. 

    This class welcomes students qualifying for Intermediate German I, II and Advanced level classes. Please refer to our placement tests and indicate your score when registering.

    Minimum Enrollment: 6 Students




    • Wednesday, September 05, 2018
    • Wednesday, December 19, 2018
    • 16 sessions
    • DANK Haus
    • 12
    Register

    NEW: Learn German on your own time and at your own pace!

    Looking for individual as well as group activities and more one-on-one interaction with an instructor? Do you require more flexibility to work on assignments from anywhere and when you can? This course will provide you with hands-on, individual and group activities, prompt individual feedback and current course materials!

    Our online course focusses on reading and writing. The readings examine contemporary topics of daily life in the German speaking countries, such as politics, literature, sport, music, etc. The reading lessons will be accompanied by a set of pre- and post-reading activities. Each week, students will work on a written response, based on the readings and express their own views and ideas on the topic. Students will receive feedback on their reading and writing activities. Grammar activities will be completed as well. In addition, students will participate in asynchronous online discussions.

    Prerequisites: Due to the flexible structure of the course and the student-centered approach adopted for this class, students at various levels of proficiency may enroll. This class welcomes students who qualify for Elementary German III and IV as well as Intermediate German I and II. Please refer to our placement test and indicate your score when registering.

    Minimum Enrollment: 6 Students

    For questions, please reach out to Dr. Miglena Nikolova.





Contact Us

We encourage you to visit us and sit in during a class.  This lets you see first-hand how the class is taught, and allows you to determine whether our curriculum will meet your needs. 

Office hours are sporadic.  If you would like to discuss questions in person, please leave a message at 773.561.9181 ext.2.  We will be sure to return your call as soon as possible.  In the meantime, we will be happy to communicate with you via email.

Questions about our curriculum? Please contact Language Program Director Dr. Miglena Nikolova.

For general inquiries about programming, registration, tuition, materials and payment or if you would like to be added to our contact list - please contact Language Program Coordinator Anett Rollin.

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DANK Haus
German American Cultural Center
 
4740 North Western Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60625

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