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German and Assistant tennis coach

Gruess Gott! Willkommen. I'm excited to be the German teacher at Willis High School this year! My first experience with German was when I accompanied my husband on his overseas tour while in the United States Army. The only German phrase I knew at the time was "Wo bist der Bahnhof?" which I thought meant, "Where's the bathroom." I signed up, that day (Friday) for a German 101 course through the University of Maryland that started the next Monday. Turns out, I was grateful that I never uttered that question, because it is a very poor way of asking "Where's the train station." 
With continuing education and not being afraid to take risks (at first, speaking out loud in a new language feels like a continual risk!), I was able to graduate from Angelo State University, magna cum laude, with a major in German. 
During our second tour of Germany we lived in a small town surrounded by fantastic and welcoming Germans. They were a constant source of inspiration to me to keep learning. Courses in German are offered to foreigners by local teachers and I took several of these types of classes to improve my language skills. When I first arrived, natives knew by my speech patterns that I was an American. After those three years of living in the community and studying German, native speakers could not tell whether I was American, English, or Australian! Believe it or not, that is a huge compliment. 
Learning a language is not like riding a bike. It is more like learning the more complicated aspects of math. Everything you learn initially has to be remembered in order to add it to what you are going to learn later. If you don't pay attention to the beginning vocabulary you will not be able to use that vocabulary to learn grammar patterns and how to put sentences together in order to communicate your needs and thoughts. The whole purpose of learning a language is to communicate! 
There will not be a lot of homework (Hausaufgabe) in this class, unless you have missed doing the work in class for one reason or another. That being said, you will have to study for quizzes/tests, work on projects, and spend at least 20 minutes every evening practicing your vocabulary. 
Los Geht's! Let's go!
 

Classes

Recent Posts

German 1 National German Exam

On the 24th the German 1 students whom I've asked to enroll in German 2 PAP will be taking the National German Exam for level 1 students. Parents, please allow your student to go to the website:
Have them practice over the weekend or whenever.... Read about the test and get them familiar with the process. Thanks so much! Vielen Dank!

Parents checking grades...

Parents, when you check your student's grades in German, make sure you look at any notes included. This past weekend was a journal check for German 1 students. Although they knew about this grade all week and I put a note on the front board for them to turn in their journals, several did not leave their journals behind for me to grade (absent students were not affected). Those students received an "M", not a zero. I will take up their journals on the next available school day and change their grade accordingly minus 10% for being late. Think of it as a small lesson on responsibility. They are responsible to follow instructions, turn in their assignments when they are due, and do their best on every assignment. Thank you.

Houstonfest

Founded in 1980, Houstonfest is an annual competition for Houston-area students in grades 8 through 12 who are learning German.  It offers 42 contests for students in German I, II, III, IV, and V, including written and oral tests, declamation, drama, art, and music.  There are also categories for "advantaged speakers." Go to www.houstonfest.org for all the information you need.

Deutscher Samstag 2017 Invitation

This is a packet of information for all students interested in Germany even if they are not presently taking a German class. 
I have requested a bus, but it that is denied, transportation will not be provided. 
The cost for the program at this point is $30. That covers the cost of the program and concert, but not lunch. Students may bring a sack lunch.
If the cost for transportation is subsidized, the ticket price will drop to $25.
Please come by A321 to sign up, ASAP!

Class rules for German Students

 Remember:
Can you say/do it in front of your parent?
Can you say/do it in front of your clergy (priest, preacher, etc.)?
Can you say/do it in front of Mr. Utecht?
 
If the answer is yes, you can say/do it in class.