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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 OPEN! Registration deadline is May 31st!

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.

Spring 2018

Online Reading and Writing

Wednesdays 6:30-8:45pm
Elementary German I                                                            Elementary German II                                                                              Elementary German IV                                                        Intermediate German                                                              Advanced German

Saturdays 9:30-11:45am
Elementary German I                                                            Elementary German II                                                          Elementary Elementary German III                                           

 January 20, 2018 First Day of Saturday Classes
 January 24, 2018
 First Day of Wednesday Classes
 March 24+31, 2018
 No Saturday Classes
 March 28, 2018
 No Wednesday Classes
 May 16, 2018
 Last Day of Wednesday Classes
 May 16, 2018 Semester End Party 8:30-10:00pm
 May 19, 2018 Last Day of Saturday Classes

Summer 2018

Registration is OPEN!

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

Wednesdays 6:30-8:45pm
Beginning Conversation Mini Session                                                  Advanced Conversation Mini Session                                    Grammar Review I                                                                     Grammar Review II                                                                NEW! Business German                                                           

 June 5, 2018
 First Day of Intensive Elementary Level Classes
 June 6, 2018
 First Day of Mini Session Classes
 July 27, 2018
 Last Day of Intensive Elementary Level Classes
 August 1, 2018
 Last Day of Mini Session Classes

Tuition and Material Costs

 CLASS MEMBER NON-MEMBER
 16 session Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced 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

    • Tuesday, June 05, 2018
    • Thursday, July 26, 2018
    • 16 sessions
    • DANK Haus
    • 4
    Register
    Willkommen to Intensive Elementary German I! Class meets twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. 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

    • Tuesday, June 05, 2018
    • Thursday, July 26, 2018
    • 16 sessions
    • DANK Haus
    • 13
    Register
    Willkommen to Intensive Elementary German II! Class meets twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday evenings. 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, June 06, 2018
    • Wednesday, August 01, 2018
    • 8 sessions
    • DANK Haus
    • 5
    Register

    Getting ready for your Germany trip later this summer or fall? Looking for more chances to practice conversing in German? This Beginning Conversation Mini Session provides students with structured opportunities to practice speaking German covering topics such as "Kultur und Trends", "Literatur", "Musik", "Politik und Geschichte", "Sport", “Stadt und Leben” and “Wissen und Umwelt.” The language to be studied is highly conversational and idiomatic. Emphasis on speaking requires practice in listening comprehension, hence students will also read magazine and newspaper articles.

    This class welcomes students who qualify for Elementary German II - IV level classes. Please refer to our placement tests and indicate your score when registering. This class is not suited for students achieving less than 80% on the Elementary German I Level Test.

    Minimum Enrollment: 6 Students



    • Wednesday, June 06, 2018
    • Wednesday, August 01, 2018
    • 8 sessions
    • DANK Haus
    • 2
    Register

    Getting ready for your Germany trip later this summer or fall? Looking for more chances to practice conversing in German? This Advanced Conversation Mini Session provides students with structured opportunities to practice speaking German covering topics such as "Kultur und Trends", "Literatur", "Musik", "Politik und Geschichte", "Sport", “Stadt und Leben” and “Wissen und Umwelt.” The language to be studied is highly conversational and idiomatic. Emphasis on speaking requires practice in listening comprehension, hence students will also read magazine and newspaper articles.

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

    Minimum Enrollment: 6 Students



    • Wednesday, June 06, 2018
    • Wednesday, August 01, 2018
    • 8 sessions
    • DANK Haus
    • 11
    Register

    Intensive Grammar II Review provides additional opportunities for practicing grammar structures introduced in Intermediate German I through Advanced German. Topics include but are not limited to:

    • Modal verbs and other verbs requiring infinitive without "zu"

    • Infinitivkonstruktionen "um … zu", "ohne … zu", "anstatt … zu"

    • Verb Tenses (Simple Present, Simple Past, Perfect, Future I Futur II, Plusquamperfekt)

    • Passive

    • Subjunctive I and Subjunctive II

    • Subordinate clauses (Zeit, Grund, Bedingung, Folge, Einschränkung, Art und Weise, Absichtssätze)

    • Prepositions (Dative, Accusative, Genitive)

    • Negation

    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, June 06, 2018
    • Wednesday, August 01, 2018
    • 8 sessions
    • DANK Haus
    • 13
    Register

    Intensive Grammar Review I is designed to provide additional opportunities for practicing grammar structures introduced in Elementary German I through IV. Topics include but are not limited to:

    • Declension of nouns (The variation of the form of a noun, pronoun, or adjective, by which its grammatical case, number, and gender are identified.)

    • Pronouns

    • Verb forms and verb tenses (Simple Present, Simple Past, Perfect, Future I)

    • Imperative

    • Sentences with "daß", "wenn", "als", "denn", "ob"

    • Relative sentences

    • Modal verbs
    This class welcomes students testing into German Elementary II-IV and Intermediate German I levels. Please refer to our placement tests and indicate your score when registering. This class is not suited for students achieving less than 80% on the Elementary German I Level Test!


    Minimum Enrollment: 6 Students



    • Wednesday, June 06, 2018
    • Wednesday, August 01, 2018
    • 8 sessions
    • DANK Haus
    • 10
    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




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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Office: +1 (773) 561-9181
Email: Dank@Dankhaus.com

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