Welcome to the German Language Courses at the German School Washington D.C.

 

Translation services by Linda Gaus, MadDocs LLC, Vienna. The original letter from Mr. Lauer can be found in the German Section of this webpage at http://dswashington.org/sprachschule.html.

Welcoming Speech for the 40th Anniversary of the German Language Courses

Students, parents, teachers, employees and administration, friends and supporters, in the name of the Central Agency for German Schools Abroad, I would like to congratulate you on the 40th anniversary of the Deutsche Sprachschule Washington.

For 40 years, the Deutsche Sprachschule Washington has built a cultural bridge that connects Germany and the United States. Its students do not just learn the German language, they also get to know Germany. In turn, they become bridge builders and ambassadors. Their special educational experiences connect them throughout their lives to both countries and simultaneously connect Germany and the United States.

In English, the Deutsche Sprachschule Washington bears the modest name German Language Courses (GLC); it is the largest part-time language school for the Deutsches

Sprachdiplom in the United States. Since 1976, the school has offered demanding, varied German instruction for children and adults on all levels. More than 500 students currently attend the GLC on Saturdays and Wednesdays on the campus of the Deutsche Schule Washington. For many families in the Washington, D.C. area, the GLC presents an outstanding opportunity to maintain their connections to German language and culture.  

With the Deutsches Sprachdiplom II (DSD II), the Deutsche Sprachschule Washington offers an examination that prepares students to study at universities in Germany. More students here than at any other German educational institution in the United States take and pass this examination. A broad portfolio of German and American German language examinations, as well as a wide variety of extracurricular activities round out the offerings of the Deutsche Sprachschule Washington. The Central Agency for German Schools Abroad assists the Deutsche Sprachschule Washington in securing and enhancing quality standards.

Your school is an official member of the PASCH partner school initiative of the German Federal Foreign Office. In this context, your students regularly participate very successfully in competitions and international meetings. With the online magazine GLC-Wortspiel, the school makes regular contributions to the website of the PASCH initiative. Exemplary too is the work of the Deutsche Sprachschule Washington with its alumni. Again and again, this work demonstrates the school’s long-term connection to its “Saturday students.”

As part of the PASCH network, your school is one of the mediators of the foreign cultural and educational policies of the Federal Republic of Germany. The Deutsche Sprachschule Washington blazes paths to understanding, encourages exchange and networking, and thus also fulfills a cultural-political function.

In a time of many crises and conflicts, cultural and educational policies are devoted increasingly to social questions. They provide help to humanity. The concern is to understand and bridge differences and also to learn and teach how to assume responsibility. The PASCH schools play an important role here too: The intercultural encounters and dialogue at your school are a valuable basis for a joint transatlantic future! All of you contribute to the success of this exchange.

In this spirit, I wish the entire school community well on the school's 40th anniversary and great success in the future!

Joachim Lauer

Leiter der Zentralstelle für das Auslandsschulwesen

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Mission Statement:

The mission of the German Language Courses (GLC) at the German School Washington, D.C. is to provide all levels of German language study in a diverse, challenging and nurturing environment. The GLC also promotes self-motivation and self-discipline while fostering a life long learning of the German language and its culture.

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The GLC offers German courses for children ages 3 and up, teens, and adults at all proficiency levels. While increasing your communicative and intercultural competence you will improve your German language proficiency with the assistance of our highly qualified and motivated German instructors.

Over 500 students visit our beautiful campus in Potomac, Maryland on Wednesday evenings or Saturday mornings. The GLC was awarded the prestigious Center of Excellence Award by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) and was named a PASCH school by the German Secretary of State. Furthermore, in cooperation and under supervision of the German Educational Ministry, the GLC administers a variety of German language exams, such as the "Deutsches Sprachdiplom I/II" and the "Internationale schulische Vergleichsarbeit A1/A2".The AATG National German Exams for High School Students are also offered by the GLC.

Our classes are devided in three groups to accommodate all language learners and all proficiencey levels:

• German for beginners
• German as a second language
• German as a first language (native speakers)

Learning German is fun at our school and next to German classes of very high standards, we make sure parents and students get to enjoy German foods every Saturday, as well as spent some quality time in our extensive libraries. You will be invited to take part in our many cultural events, such as the Oktoberfest with 5K- and 1K-run, St. Martin's Parade, German Christmas Market, Christmas Party and much more.

We would be delighted to welcome you and your family at our school.

Kerstin Hopkins
Principal

ALUMNI

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Founded in 1969 and run solely by parent volunteers, this group raises funds to benefit the German School Washington.

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