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Students who struggle in foreign languages have often found success in the German program at R-MA. The studies focus on developing the student’s ability to speak, listen to, read, and write the language with increasing accuracy, as well as to bring about a better knowledge of the people, geography, culture, and literature of the countries that speak the language. All students at each level take the National German Exam for national recognition of their achievements.

German I - Beginner German

Students learn to feel at home with listening to, speaking, reading and writing German in an entertaining and supportive environment. A key part of the course is a complete video series embedded in the eBook to promote listening and speaking skills supported by the most current textbook series "Deutsch Aktuell." The textbook and accompanying
workbook support an interactive learning experience with an emphasis on conversational German, reading, writing and grammar structure. Students learn about German, Swiss, and Austrian cultures and customs.

German II - Intermediate German

Students progress to more complex reading passages on real-life situations in a German setting with more idiomatic language usage in the video materials embedded in the eBook. The course includes several subtitled German movies to promote listening skills and accompany the study of German culture and history. Throughout the year, the teacher communicates progressively with the students in German. Knowledge of vocabulary and language structure is enhanced throughout the year in the key areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing.

German class taught at Randolph-Macon Academy. A private boarding school located in Front Royal, Virginia.

Honors German III - Advanced German: Contemporary German Issues

This class focuses on contemporary issues using texts and podcasts taken directly from German Internet news sites. The class is conducted mainly in German to hone students’ listening and speaking skills. These skills are further promoted by the use of contemporary literature and subtitled German movies. By the end of the year, students should feel confident in immersing themselves in contemporary German themes and be able to write about and discuss them in the target language.

Advanced Placement German IV/V - Advanced German: Contemporary World Issues from a German Perspective

This class has a more in-depth focus on contemporary issues using texts and podcasts taken directly from German Internet news sites. A much greater emphasis is placed on historical and current world events to understand the world from a German perspective. Contemporary literature is augmented by full-length novels by such prominent authors as Franz Kafka, Berthold Brecht and Max Frisch. Subtitled German movies provide a deeper insight into key German historical and cultural events such as life in the DDR and the fall of the Berlin Wall. This is an immersion course concentrating on the achievement of greater fluency in the areas of reading, listening, speaking, and writing. The Level V class runs in conjunction with the Level IV class, but with more advanced assignments.  Prerequisite: Completion of German III or equivalent with grade of A or a grade of B with teacher approval.