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German Language Classes for Children and Teens


The German Institute for the Southwest is offering classes for children and teens, either in-person or online.  Please mark angelika@germansouthwest.org  as an accepted and acceptable mail sender address in your email program.

Our Winter Term starts on January 7, for Saturday In-Person Classes in The Woodlands. Special projects will continue online and classes for students unable to come to an in-person class.  We also have an ONLINE OPTION on Mondays and Wednesdays for those students who cannot make it to class. It is the same registration as in-person classes; you just need to indicate that you wish to participate in online classes.

Location. Our in-person classes will take place at Spirit of Joy! Lutheran Church, 7550 Crownridge Drive, The Woodlands, TX  77382.

Online ClassesAll online classes are held via Zoom.  You will need access to a computer, laptop, tablet, or phone connected to the internet.  If you have not downloaded Zoom, you can do so at zoom.us, or if you are outside the U.S., at the Zoom website for your country.

We reserve the right to cancel classes with enrollment of fewer than 5 students.

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    GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT OUR YOUTH COURSES AND WORKSHOPS

    Click here to register and pay for all child/youth courses

    We welcome all children and teenagers from the age of 5 to 16 years old interested in learning and exploring the language and culture of German-speaking countries. We offer classes for students with little or no previous knowledge in German, and advanced courses for students able to cope in a German-speaking environment or who speak German at home.

    All our teachers are native speakers or have comparable skills in German. A particular emphasis is placed on seasonal traditions and special events in German-speaking countries throughout each current school year. German Unity Day, St. Martin’s Day, St. Nikolaus Eve and Karneval are real highlights for our students.

    We are affiliated with the Goethe-Institut, the official German cultural organization, and we are licensed to offer and administer the prestigious Goethe language exams, which are recognized world-wide as proof of language skills in German. For more detailed information see: https://www.goethe.de/en/spr/kup/prf/prf.html

    Class Locations. Courses are available online or as in-person instruction on our campus in The Woodlands at Spirit of Joy! Lutheran Church, 7550 Crownridge Drive, The Woodlands, TX  77382.  Classes in Cinco Ranch/Katy and Fort Bend County are currently postponed while we search for a suitable location for our school.  Online classes are conducted via Zoom, and you can install a basic, free version of the program at zoom.us or the one available in your country.

    Course Materials.  Except as noted, there will be a material fee of $35 for each in-person course, and intermediate and upper level classes will require purchase of books.

    Proficiency Levels. Our students often have different levels of experience in the German language.  In order for proper placement of each student, we determine the level of proficiency on the first day of a course, and form the classes accordingly. For a description of our various classes and levels, please check this post on our website.

    Age Indication for Classes. We indicate the approximate age level of the students in the class in our course descriptions. However, if your child has a birthday during the Fall through Summer Terms and no longer falls in the age group, the student will remain with the teacher with whom the classes started in the fall.

    Tuition Discounts. Returning students receive a discount of ten percent for in-person classes, and there usually is an early registration discount for each session (see below).

    Cancellation. We reserve the right to cancel a course that does not have the requisite number of students enrolled.

    2023 WINTER YOUTH CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS

    IN-PERSON – 2023 Winter Term – 12 Week Standard Courses for Children and Teens – The Woodlands – Jan 7 – Apr 1 (Saturdays)

    Classes are held at Spirit of Joy! Lutheran Church, 7550 Crownridge Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77382

    • Saturday In-Person Classes 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    • 30 Hours of Instruction – fuer Muttersprachler und nicht Deutsch sprechende Kinder – for heritage speakers and learners of German!
      • January 7 – Evaluation of New Students and First Day of Class
      • January 14, 21,  and 24
      • February 4 – 11 – 18, and 25
      • March 4
      • March 11 – no class, Spring Break
      • March 18 and 25
      • April 1 – Last Day of in-person Class for the Winter Term
    • Classes are for children 5 years and older and youths up to 18 years
    • Classes include two breaks
    • Early Registration ends on Sunday, November 27, 2022 (you get a $15 discount)
    • Regular Registration ends on Sunday, December 18, 2022
    • Late Registration begins on Monday, December 19, 2022 (you pay $20 more for the course)
    • Tuition:  $520 (Returning students receive 10% discount)
    • NO REGISTRATION FEE,
    • Materials Fee $35 (no Materials Fee for online classes)
    • Registration OPEN – Please register here.

    ONLINE – 2023 Winter Term 10 Week Beginning Courses for Pre-Teens and Teenagers – Jan 11 – Mar 22 (Wednesdays)

    1, 2, 3 – Ich bin dabei! 1, 2, 3 – Count me in!

    Students successfully learn to manage basic everyday topics and events in the German language. Encouraging and interactive activities foster their interest in the new language and introduce them to German pronunciation, sound patterns, and basic German vocabulary.
    Course Material: paper, pencil, crayons, scissors, glue

    To participate in the classes, the student will need access to a computer, laptop, tablet or phone connected to the internet.

    Online Classes Wednesdays 5:15 – 6:15 p.m.

    • 10 Hours of Instruction – fuer Muttersprachler und nicht Deutsch sprechende Kinder – for heritage speakers and learners of German!
      • January 11, 18, and 25
      • February 1, 8, 15, and 22
      • March 1 and 8
      • March 15 – no class – Spring Break
      • March 22
    • Classes include breaks, if necessary
    • Early Registration ends on Sunday, November 27, 2022 (you get a $10 discount)
    • Regular Registration ends on Sunday, December 18, 2022
    • Late Registration begins on Monday, December 19, 2022 (you pay $15 more for the course)
    • Tuition:  $175 (Returning students receive 10% discount)
    • NO REGISTRATION FEE,
    • No Materials Fee for online classes
    • Registration OPEN – Please register here.

    ONLINE – Winter 2023 Term – 10-Week Conversation Courses for Advanced Beginners and Intermediate Pre-Teens and Teenagers (9-15 years) – Jan 12 – Mar 23 (Thursdays)

    Mein Planet – My Planet

    This course offers young learners of German, who can already communicate with simple sentences about their immediate environment, the unique opportunity to review and apply their German skills in new areas, beyond what is taught in standard German books.

    The students look at different habitats on our planet Earth and explore the effects of their own behavior and lifestyle on nature and the environment. They consolidate and expand their vocabulary and communication skills in an inspiring and fun learning environment through interactive and engaging group activities, where they compare and contrast the similarities and differences in the lifestyles of young people in Germany and the US.

    To participate in the classes, the student will need access to a computer, laptop, tablet or phone connected to the internet.

    Online ClassesThursdays 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

    • 10 classes – 10 Hours of Instruction
      • January 12, 19, and 26
      • February 2, 9, 16, and 22
      • March 2 and 9
      • March 16 – no class, Spring Break
      • March 23
    • Early Registration ends on Sunday, November 27, 2022 (you get a $10 discount)
    • Regular Registration ends on Sunday, December 18, 2021
    • Late Registration begins on Monday, December 19, 2022 (you pay $15 more for the course)
    • Tuition:  $175 (Returning students receive 10% discount)
    • NO REGISTRATION FEE
    • No Materials Fee for online classes
    • Registration OPEN – Please register here.

    This course offers young learners of German, who are able to communicate with simple sentences about their immediate surroundings, the unique opportunity to review and apply their German skills in new areas, outside of what is taught in standard German books.

    The students explore all kinds of world records – those set by humans, geographic ones, and records in the world of animals and plants. They consolidate and expand their vocabulary and communication skills in an inspiring and fun-filled learning environment through interactive and engaging group activities, where they describe and compare record holders and their achievements.

    Course Materials: paper, pencils, colored pencils, eraser, scissors, glue

    ONLINE – 2023 Winter Term – Get Ready for Your Goethe Exam – Exam Preparation for Pre-Teens and Teens – All Levels – Meets 4 Times by Arrangement

    Are you planning to take one of the prestigious Goethe Exams (Fit A1 – Fit A2 – B1 Jugendliche)? Practice and learn strategies for success with your private tutor in all four parts of the exam – reading, listening, writing, and speaking. By practicing model tests and simulating real exam situations, you will review important study content and become familiar with the demands of the exam and the procedures of your specific test.

    • Classes by Arrangement

      • 4 classes – 6 hours of German practice and instruction
      • Early Registration ends Sunday, December 4, 2022 (you get a $10 discount)
      • Regular Registration ends Sunday, December 25, 2022
      • Late Registration begins on Monday, December 26, 2022 (you pay $15 more for the course)
      • Tuition: $250 (Returning students receive 10% discount)
      • NO REGISTRATION FEE
      • Registration OPEN. Please register here.

    2023 – 2025 IMPORTANT DATES – YOUTH COURSES AND WORKSHOPS

    WINTER TERM 2023

    Winter Term 2023:  January 3 – April 1, 2023
    Spring Break 2023:  March 10 – 17, 2023
    Easter Saturday 2023:  April 8, 2023
    Early Registration:  November 7 – November 27, 2022
    Regular Registration: November 28 – December 18, 2022
    Late Registration Begins:  December 19, 2022

    SPRING TERM 2023

    Spring Term 2023:  April 10 – May 25, 2023
    Early Registration:  February 12 – March 5, 2023
    Regular Registration:  March 6 – March 26, 2023
    Late Registration Begins:  March 27, 2023

    SUMMER TERMS 2023

    Summer Term I 2023:  June 5 – 30, 2023
    Early Registration:  April 9 – April 29, 2023
    Regular Registration:  April 30 – May 21, 2023
    Late Registration Begins:  May 22, 2023

    Summer Term II 2023:  July 3 – July 28, 2023
    Early Registration:  May 8 – May 28, 2023
    Regular Registration:  May 29 – June 18, 2023
    Late Registration Begins:  June 19, 2023

    FALL TERM 2023

    Fall Term 2023: September 5 – December 2, 2023
    Early Registration:  July 10, 2023 – July 30, 2023
    Regular Registration:  July 31, 2023 – August 20, 2023
    Late Registration Begins:  August 21, 2023

    WINTER TERM 2024

    Winter Term 2024:  January 2 – April 6, 2024
    Spring Break 2024:  March 14 – 21, 2024 (dep. on Conroe ISD, dates N/A on date of publication)
    Easter Saturday 2024:  March 30, 2024
    Early Registration:  November 6 – November 26, 2023
    Regular Registration:  November 27 – December 17, 2023
    Late Registration Begins:  December 18, 2023

    SPRING TERM 2024

    Spring Term 2024:  April 8 – May 23, 2024
    Early Registration:  February 12 – March 3, 2024
    Regular Registration:  March 4 – 24, 2024
    Late Registration Begins:  March 25, 2024

    SUMMER TERMS 2024

    Summer Term I 2024: June 3 – June 28, 2024
    Early Registration:  April 8 – April 28, 2024
    Regular Registration:  April 29 – May 19, 2024
    Late Registration Begins:  May 20, 2024

    Summer Term II 2024:  July 1 – July 31, 2024
    Early Registration:  May 6 – May 26, 2024
    Regular Registration:  May 27 – June 16, 2024
    Late Registration Begins:  June 17, 2024

    FALL TERM 2024

    Fall Term 2024: September 3 – November 30, 2024
    Early Registration:  July 8 – July 28, 2024
    Regular Registration:  July 29, 2024 – August 18, 2024
    Late Registration Begins:  August 19, 2024

    WINTER TERM 2025

    Winter Term 2025:  January 2 – March 29, 2025
    Spring Break 2025:  March 7 – 14, 2025 (dep. on Conroe ISD, dates N/A on date of publication)
    Easter Saturday 2025:  April 19, 2025
    Early Registration:  October 21 – November 17, 2024
    Regular Registration: November 18 – December 22, 2024
    Late Registration Begins:  December 23, 2024

    SPRING TERM 2025

    Spring Term 2025:  April 1 – May 22, 2025
    Early Registration:  February 3 – February 23, 2025
    Regular Registration:  February 24 –  March 16, 2025
    Late Registration Begins:  March 17, 2025

    SUMMER TERMS 2025

    Summer Term I 2025:  June 2 – June 27, 2025
    Early Registration:  March 24 – April 20, 2025
    Regular Registration:  April 21 – May 18, 2025
    Late Registration Begins:  May 19, 2025

    Summer Term II 2025:  July 1 – July 31, 2025
    Early Registration:  May 5 – May 25, 2025
    Regular Registration:  May 26 – June 15, 2026
    Late Registration Begins:  June 16, 2025

    FALL TERM 2025

    Fall Term 2025: September 2 – November 29, 2025
    Early Registration:  July 7 – July 27, 2025
    Regular Registration:  July 28, 2025 – August 17, 2025
    Late Registration Begins:  August 18, 2025