This class is geared for high schoolers, but very motivated middle school students are accepted. In this beginner's German class, we will be using both the textbook and the workbook for Deutsch Aktuell 1 (5th Edition). The weekly live class sessions focus on introducing new grammar and practicing conversational skills. Homework will reinforce the grammar introduced each week. This course begins with basic German and extends to intermediate German proficiency through rigorous but enjoyable instruction. Students will enjoy practicing their German skills using periodic games. Classes will feature famous German-speaking composers and their works. Each week, students will be asked to listen to or watch ERF Christian German TV/Radio which stream live. Throughout the year, we will also look at German traditions and history. The class includes written and oral testing. Students should be prepared to speak on mic in class every week. For this reason, I ask that each student have a fairly new microphone / headset.