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German Language School of West Michigan
Grand Rapids, MI
The German Language School of West Michigan is a parent initiative promoting the German language and culture in the Grand Rapids area. The school offers children the opportunity to learn the German language in a formal classroom setting and provides a network for families to expand their knowledge of German culture and engage in cross-cultural exchanges. They offer immersion, partial immersion, bilingual, and foreign language programs, and a Saturday academy.
Sanne’s German Works
Ann Arbor, MI
Sanne’s GermanWorks after-school program focuses on teach as German for heritage speakers (full-immersion PreK-K and grades 1-12) as well as a foreign language. With the help of parents and other family members, this program hopes to build a lifelong love for languages (particularly German) and to increase understanding and tolerance of people and their differences.
German Language School Conference
The German Language School Conference (GLSC) is the national organization for private German language schools in the United States. It represents its member schools and their interests concerning German language and culture and serves as a forum for pedagogical, administrative, legal, social, and other concerns.
PreK -12 and Adults:
This program teaches French and German on an accelerated track to prepare heritage speaking students for the Advanced Placement (AP) Examination. Additionally, the program seeks to provide students with examples of civilization and advanced literature during the learning process.
International School of Tucson
The International School of Tucson offers an internationally-based and internationally-grounded bilingual program of instruction in Spanish/English, French/English, and German/English (full-immersion Pre-K-K; currently dual-immersion Grade 1-2 and projected Grade 1-5). They encourage students to develop social understanding and values for a global society by educating them under full or dual-language immersion. Some of the German students are heritage German speakers.
New School Prep
The New School Prep offers partial immersion, foreign language, content-based, and before- and after-school programs, and an extracurricular club. It also includes a service learning component through the innovative “New School to Namibia” program. The purpose of the New School Prep German program is for students to experience the joy and personal enrichment that learning this language brings. To complete these expectations, students need to face goals such as using German language effectively in written and oral communication, developing foreign cultural literacy and cross-cultural awareness, and developing aesthetic and interpretive capacities through engagement with authentic cultural materials and situations.
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