German Language and Culture

Courses | Languages and Leadership | German

Teaching German with English Language Arts

Starting in 2028, high school students in Illinois will need two years of foreign language credit to graduate.  Since it will take time to develop two years of coursework for YouthBuild students, I'm beginning the German program as part of the English Language Arts program.  This way, all students will have an opportunity to take part while earning credits toward English, and then I'll have an opportunity to build up the language resources necessary to guide students toward A1 or A2 proficiency in a foreign language.

For YouthBuild McLean County, my emphasis is to simultaneously introduce students to stories, language, and culture.  Because our students are nontraditional, the typical linear approach to teaching a German course won't work well 

As I update the German course, I'll post new pages with links to the lessons, videos, and exercises that I'll use in class.

General Requirements

The general requirements for one course of ELA German are:

External Resources

Foreign languages are challenging — it takes years of practice to gain a decent degree of fluency.  The goal with these courses is to provide students with the groundwork for long-term learning.

External resources are a key component of this.  Although I have a bachelors in German with eight years of German courses, I rely on regular language practice to maintain and develop my fluency.  I won't be relying on just my own language knowledge to share the language and culture.  The course will be built using videos, activities, and guides from a variety of sources.  Here are some of the primary ones I'll be drawing from, and I highly recommend them to anyone considering learning German or sharing educational materials with their students: