Welcome to Centennial's German Program! A school year packed with German language, culture, music, and projects awaits you! You will meet teenagers from Germany, have fun in the German Club, and develop new language and cultural skills.
As with everything in life, you will get out of your German class what you put in it. You need to attend, participate, practice, do your assignments and ask for help if needed. As long as you give it your best effort, you will learn a lot - and succeed. And if you would like, you may even be able to go to Germany with our GAPP exchange in the summer of 2018!
I'm happy to have you in my class!
Plan Time: 4th hr.
E-mail is the quickest way to reach me.
If you would like to set up a meeting, please contact me by e-mail or through the office.
About Your Teacher
I was born and raised in Baden-Württemberg, a state in the southwest of Germany. I attended school at the Remstalgymnasium Weinstadt, our GAPP partner school, and then studied German and English at the Eberhard-Karls-Universität in Tübingen.
In 1992, I came to Pueblo to study at USC (now CSU-P) for a year, and I liked it so much that I stayed.
I have a B.A. in English and Spanish from USC, a M.A. in Education (Linguistically Diverse) from Adams State University, and a Certificate in Teaching German as a Foreign Language from the Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität in Munich, Germany.
Over the years, I was a child care site director for the YMCA of Pueblo, taught 3rd grade at Eva R. Baca Elementary School, and taught Early Childhood Education Classes for Pueblo Community College and Adams State University.
I have been teaching German at Centennial since 2006, and to me, it's the best job in the world.
Meet Our Language Assistant, Christoph Kehl
Herr Kehl is one of only 15 German language assistants on assignment in the U.S. this year through a program sponsored by the German government. Similar to a student teacher, he will intern at our school, observing classes, co-teaching lessons, tutoring, helping with extracurricular activities, etc.
He is 26 years old, has completed his studies in History, Latin, and Philosophy, has worked with children with disabilities, loves music, and has traveled extensively. We are very fortunate to have him in our German program this school year!
German Club President and GAPP Participant Scott Orf (German 4 STS),
Language Assistant Christoph Kehl, and
German Club Vice President and GAPP-Participant Nicholas Grano-Garcia (German 3 Honors).
German at Centennial
German 1 (2 sections): 2nd and 7th hr
German 2 (2 sections): 3rd and 5th hr
German 3 Honors (1 section): 1st hr
German 4 AP/STS (combined with German 3): 1st hour
All classes are based on Colorado and ACTFL standards as well as the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, preparing student for real-life language use.
Our textbook, Team Deutsch, was developed by Klett, a renowned German publisher, specifically to address teenagers' interests and language development. We also use the oline program Tell Me More (Rosetta Stone Advantage) to support students' language learning.
Other materials such as songs, videos, articles, web-based applications, readers, as well as art and research projects give the program variety and address the students' different learning styles.
We also participate in international contests and activities, such as the Award of Excellence, where students can win prizes and even a trip to Germany.
Examinations and College Credit
Students can take German 4 for Senior to Sophomore Credit (STS), which gives them credit for a beginning German course at some colleges in Colorado, including CSU-P.
Alternatively, students can take the Advanced Placement (AP) examination at the end of German 4; this is recognized world wide and allows students to skip several German classes in college depending on their score.
We are currently in the process of applying for German Language Diploma (Deutsches Sprachdiplom 1) testing. This free test would be given in German 3 and/or 4. With a passing score, student can study at technical colleges in Germany.
Beginning in the 2nd semester of German 2, students who have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 and a German GPA of at least 3.6 are eligible for membership in the German Honor Society Delta Epsilon Phi. Students join during the induction ceremony in April and are eligible to wear the honor patch and graduate with the German honor cord. Their membership will be listed in the graduation program. Additionally, members are eligible to apply for the Käthe Wilson scholarship, which awards an all-expenses-paid three week study trip to Germany.
- Students can learn more about German culture in our German Club.
- All German students are invited to participate in our GAPP Exchange.
- The Opportunities page lists additional information for students wanting to study or work in Germany.