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Most likely you don’t want to learn German in order to master German grammar. Instead, you want to communicate with people in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. You want to understand, read, speak, and write in German.
Of course, this will be hard to achieve without studying grammar. Grammar is not the focus of language instruction, but it is a necessary element, making the language more comprehensible.
From your first lesson, the aim of instruction at the Language Guesthouse is communication. The goal is to understand the German language and to express yourself comprehensibly in this new language.
If you don’t speak German but come to Germany for the first time, you face numerous challenges. Among them, I suppose, are:
And if you already have been studying German for some time, maybe you would like to :
Communicative language instruction prepares you for situations like these.
And by using this type of instruction, you also will build a German vocabulary and increase your knowledge of German grammar. These skills re essential to expressing yourself in German.
We learn a language by speaking and listening to it. This may sound obvious, but for generations, language teachers have relied primarily on grammar exercises, reading, and translating.
The easiest way to learn a language is: (1) read or listen to interesting stories that provide real information, (2) explore subjects that we truly want to know more about, and (3) discuss topics that we are genuinely interested in.
Also, we assimilate a language more easily if we experiment with it, exploring unfamiliar topics despite our missteps and mistakes. In fact, the language student who speaks or writes flawlessly is limiting himself to the structures and vocabulary he already has mastered. He will not gain confidence and make progress in the language until he experiements, through trial and error, with new language skills.
Therefore, errors made by language learners are not useless or negative. They indicate the areas of grammar and vocabulary that the student does not understood completely and should practice more intensively. They also provide direction for the teacher, who focuses her instruction on weak areas, seeks ways to clarify her explanations, and provides appropriate language exercises.
In order to find the courage to experiment with an unfamiliar language, we need a comfortable learning atmosphere. If we are relaxed, we are more likely to experiment with a new language than if we are stressed..
In our language classes, we practice all four of the essential skills: listening comprehension, reading comprehension, speaking, and free writing, often in an enjoyable but practical way, as though we were facing real life situations.
Since we are not merely a language school but also are a family-like community, we have many opportunities to practice German as real life communication—for example, during meals and in our Active+Creative Programme.
Students usually spend two to five acadmic hours (one academic hour is forty-five minutes) in individual instruction each day. Courses for partners or mini groups up to 5 participants are likewise possible, if all students have a similar level of previous knowledge.
Studying a language in a language guesthouse in the country where it is the native language is the most effective way to learn it.
Staying in a foreign country does not guarantee that you will have ample opportunity to speak the language of your host country.
If you stay in a hotel, communication often is confined to a few phrases.
In an apartment or rented room, the television often is the only object that speaks to the occupant.
A host family certainly offers a greater opportunity for a visitor to be exposed to a foreign language, especially if family members take the time to speak to their guest and are willing to adapt their speaking to his or her level of understanding. However, the most accomodating family has its own needs, and these come first.
In the Language Guesthouse, you receive a variety of inducements and stimuli, and they create the most effective atmosphere for mastering the German language.
Following a couple of web addresses, which should be interesting for students
Just have a look on them!
A very good online dictionary (and forum etc.) German-English/ French /Spanish
/Italian / Chinese
Here you can look up Grammar and find literary texts (fairy tales, legends
and others) for German studying bookworms
"Sendung mit der Maus" ("mouse-broadcast") is a programme
not only popular with children in German TV.
For learners of German recommended: "Sachgeschichten". Using videos and easy texts they give answers to many "why questions" typically asked by children.
Online exercises, reading texts, games and chats for German learners you
will find on the pages of Goethe institute
The worldwide broadcasting station "Deutsche Welle" offers a
set of materials for learners of German
Informations about German language and culture for English speaking learners
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