Class Times and Location
All classes are held on Thursday afternoons and evenings at
The Shambhala School, 5450 Russell St. Halifax, NS.
Please see class descriptions below for times and fees.
We offer classes for children and adults for various levels. The classes for children are structured according to age and language background, based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), see a description of key learning activities here. Lessons take place once a week for two hours on Thursday afternoons and evenings. German language skills (reading, writing, speaking, listening) are taught by qualified teachers. Children start as young as age four and are encouraged to speak German through play and music. In the children 4 and 5 classes, students can prepare for the German Language Diploma (DSD = Deutsches Sprachdiplom). The curricula for our adult classes are also based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Click here to see our refund policy and here for FAQ. Financial assistance is available to those who need it.
Children learn the basics of the German language through play, music and crafting. Children are immersed and learn the German language through songs, arts and circle games that are being played indoors as well as outdoors (weather permitting). The games often include the recognition of animals, letters, numbers or colours. In addition, German children books are being read and discussed together. Thursdays from 4:15pm to 6:15pm. $175 per term/$320 for the full year. No book fee.
Children will describe things and situations using simple sentence structures. They communicate in German and understand easy questions and statements. On this level, children will start writing words in German and will be made familiar with basic grammatical structures in a playful manner, using short dialogues, songs, and games. Thursdays from 4:15pm to 6:15pm. $175 per term/$320 for the full year. No book fee.
Leading towards level A1. Children will focus more on pronunciation, listening comprehension, and writing. They will be introduced to a wider range of grammatical structures and will improve their vocabulary by discussing and reading about various topics. Stories, plays, poems, songs, games, art. Book: Planetino (Hueber). Thursdays from 4:15pm to 6:15pm. $175 per term/$320 for the full year, plus $40 book fee.
Level A1/A2. Preparation for the German Language Diploma. A1 and A2 exams optional. Dialogues in pairs and small groups; language experience approach; mind maps; role-play; sentence frames; games; singing; basic sentence structure; puppet shows; board games; small presentations; learning everyday vocabulary. Book: Prima Plus (Cornelsen). Thursdays from 4:15pm to 6:15pm. $175 per term/$320 for the full year, plus $40 book fee.
Level A2/B1. Preparation for Deutsches Sprachdiplom (DSD 1). Dialogues in pairs and small groups; language experience approach; quiz; role-play; sentence frames; games; writing dialogues; expressing their preferences; talking and writing about everyday topics and situations; role plays; writing letters; talking about time/transportation/hobbies/profession/ family/food/holidays/seasons/weather/friends. Dialogues; debating; reading simple newspaper and magazine texts; writing about their own opinion; games; discussing current events; reading books, watching German films; projects; videotaping interviews; discussing school/bullying/fashion/current events; learning how to write a summary. Book: Prima Plus (Cornelsen). Thursdays from 4:15pm to 6:15pm. $175 per term/$320 for the full year, plus $40 book fee.
Level A1/A2. No previous knowledge of German required. The student will be able to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help. Book: Prima Plus (Cornelsen). Thursdays from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. $175 per term/$320 for the full year, plus $40 book fee.
No previous knowledge of German required. This class focuses on building a solid foundation for learning German. It teaches pronunciation and all basic grammatical structures for expressing oneself in the present and past tense. Grammar is taught in an enjoyable way, allowing for lots of repetition during class exercises with your peers. The new course book, "Schritte International A1.1", comes with an app for your phone for additional home-study. The vocabulary you will learn is relevant for everyday language use and needs, covering themes such as talking about yourself, your family, eating and drinking, your living situation, daily life, leisure activities, and more. Speaking, understanding, and reading German will be taught in a well-balanced, interactive way. Thursdays from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. $200 per term/$370 for the full year, plus $40 book fee.
This class builds on a basic foundation of German, interactively expanding vocabulary and the basic ability to express oneself verbally and in writing on various specific themes. New grammar is learned and trained in connection with familiar and everyday topics. We work both with the structured textbook “Schritte International A1.2” as well as other materials such as short stories, word games, and audio tracks. Thus participants will steadily grow in their ability and confidence in using German, and in understanding both written and spoken German. Thursdays from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. $200 per term/$370 for the full year, plus $40 book fee.
Now that the students have a solid foundation in the basics of German, the fun really begins. We will work with the textbook “Schritte International A2.1 and incorporate lots of interactive class activities focusing on further training your skills. As well as reviewing many practical uses of language, the students at this level learn to use German in a more sophisticated way, speaking about the imaginary, expressing wishes and preferences, and stating and responding to opinions in a debate. Thursdays from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. $200 per term/$370 for the full year, plus $40 book fee.
This class is for students at the level A2-B1, with emphasis on speaking, vocabulary, and connections to grammar where appropriate. Discussing relevant topics can help to increase fluency and confidence. Discussions can be based on topics students may introduce, on a story or poem we read together, on a newspaper article, a short film, or on topics from German history, culture, and art. Thursdays from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. $200 per term/$370 for the full year. No book fee.
The students in this class often have a wide variety of abilities (B1-C1), and their input helps to shape how the class is conducted. In order to address and include all students, the course mixes conversation, reading, videos and short films, music, grammar, presentations, games, partner and group exercises, and role play. Having fun with the language while increasing the confidence and fluency in using it is central to this class. The course works not only to improve language skills, but also to convey cultural and political knowledge by addressing a variety of historical and contemporary topics in German-speaking countries. Thursdays from 4:15pm to 6:15pm. $200 per term/$370 for the full year. No book fee.