GERMAN CURRICULUM LIST

This is a list of options to explore when choosing a German curriculum. You can use curriculum as a starting off point and add supplements to make the language learning process fun, enjoyable, memorable, and effective for your child’s education. You can homeschool foreign language!

This is a long German Curriculum list, but it covers options from preschool to high school. The cost of the curricula varies from free to what most homeschool families would probably consider expensive. Curricula on this list may be non-traditional, traditional, or any variation in between. The purpose of this list is to provide options that can either be taught by a non-speaker of that language, or a class taught by a proficient speaker.

Choose a curriculum that works for you and add supplements, or skip a curriculum and make your own course of study using supplementary options. Return to the main German Resource Page to view supplementary options by type.


Living Language German, Complete Edition: Beginner through advanced course, including 3 coursebooks, 9 audio CDs, and free online learning

  • Non-traditional (predominantly)

Living Language is similar in concept to The Rosetta Stone, but is less commonly known. It has many, many languages available, including ASL. There is online support available as a subscription. You can download some free resources for some languages.

 

Learn German: Rosetta Stone German – Level 1-5 Set

The Rosetta Stone is marketed heavily and is very well known.

American School

  • High School
  • Online classes
  • Accredited diploma (optional)

Online courses and/or correspondence courses, accredited. The online courses work differently from the paper-based. This school does not seem to have live classes like some other online schools. You buy the course and have 12 months from the date of activation to complete it (or 6 months for a “half” course).

One of the few options for a non-traditional curriculum if you would like your child to take an accredited course.

Their online world language courses are through The Rosetta Stone. They expect Levels 1 and 2 of The Rosetta Stone to be equal to one year of high school instruction, and Levels 3 and 4 to be equal to the next year. Level 5 is equal to one semester.

The cost at the time of this writing is $250 per year as an independent study student. This course could also be an option for those who want to take an unusual language, such as Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, Tagalog, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Farsi, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, and Vietnamese.

This could be an option for a student who wants an accredited high school diploma but does not want to have to take a traditional foreign language course. There are no workbooks or textbooks through the online course, and I do not see an advantage to taking the course through this school over buying Rosetta Stone on your own, unless you want your child to have an accredited high school diploma.

They also offer correspondence courses in French (two years), and Latin (1 year). The cost of an accredited diploma here is a bargain at the time of this writing, at $2250 for four years of paper-based courses, and $3600 for four years of online courses.

Their website has this to say about their diploma and college acceptance: “Some states, such as New York, however, have public universities which will not accept students holding a distance education diploma, and these public universities will require such students to take the GED, TASC or another high school equivalency exam to gain admission. We suggest that you review the admissions standards with the college of your choice prior to enrolling and contact our Guidance Department if you have questions or need further assistance.”

Time4Learning

  • Non-traditional (predominantly)

Time4Learning uses The Rosetta Stone, if you are a member there you can add it on for an additional fee.

Learn German with OUINO: The 5-in-1 Complete Collection (for PC, Mac, iPad, Android, Chromebook)

Ouino is another program that is similar in concept to The Rosetta Stone.

 

Pimsleur German Conversational Course – Level 1 Lessons 1-16 CD: Learn to Speak and Understand German with Pimsleur Language Programs

Audio only, you relax and listen and repeat. (you may also be able to get this for a discount through Audible, or borrow it from your local library). A beginning curriculum, with a very small vocabulary, and useful as an introduction to a language. This could be used to develop a better accent because it is listening-only.

Dino Lingo

  • Non-traditional (predominantly)
  • Younger Students

 

Little Pim

  • Non-traditional (predominantly)
  • Younger Students

This is a cartoon with some clips of real life people and items. We have the Chinese and Arabic DVD versions and our library has other DVD versions. The DVDs have been free on Amazon Prime in the past. It didn’t hold the attention of any of my kids, ages 3-10 I have tried it out on. It’s got a very small vocabulary. There are downloadable lesson plans but the ones I have are geared towards a group of children, and assume that you speak the language enough to interact with children.

PetraLingua German

  • Non-traditional (predominantly)
    •Younger Students
    •Older Students

PetraLingua German is for grades K-4. The complete set has learning lessons, learning songs for kids, learning videos for kids, interactive French online games for kids, basic German words, German picture dictionary for kids, German activity book and flash cards to download.

 

The Learnables

  • Non-traditional (predominantly)
  • High School
  • Online classes
  • Older Students
  • Offers Three Years of High School Level Instruction (some languages)

The Learnables does not include reading and writing until after the student has some auditory comprehension.
Each level is said to be comparable to one year of high school instruction, but for high school you are expected to add Grammar Enhancement and Basic Structures.
It says that it can be used for elementary school and up, but I do not think it would hold a young child’s attention well.
Available in Spanish, French, German, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew (check the language you are interested in to see how many levels

 

 

Professor Toto

  • Non-traditional (predominantly)
  • Younger Students

Professor Toto http://store.professortoto.com/‘s website says the product uses the Thibaut Technique®. The website also says “Professor Toto is a series of multi-award winning language education tools for ages 2 to 8. Animated DVDs, song-filled CDs, and colorful workbooks…” The website also says that the curriculum is great for ages K-6. It’s a cartoon. The content is enough to be an introduction to a language. Chinese, Italian, Spanish, French, German .

 

 

ThoughtCo

  • Traditional (predominantly)
  • Free
  • Older Students

ThoughtCo
offers free online beginner’s courses and supplements in French, Spanish, Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese. A beginner’s course could be a good intro to a language for a middle school student.

Ace Digital Academy

  • Traditional (predominantly)
  • High School
  • Online classes
  • Accredited diploma (optional)
  • Younger Students
  • Older Students
  • Accredited (various accreditation)
  • Intentionally Teaches Culture
  • Offers Three Years of High School Level Instruction

Ace Digital Academy offers multiple levels of multiple languages. This is not the same as ACE curriculum.
Elementary school offers French, German, Latin, and Spanish.
Middle school offers Chinese, French, German, Latin, and Spanish.
High school offers five levels of French, five levels of Spanish, five levels of German, five levels of Chinese, three levels of Japanese, and three levels of Latin.
Contact the curriculum provider for more information on methodology.
Ohio students might be able to earn a public school diploma.

SevenStar

  • Traditional (predominantly)
  • High School
  • Online classes
  • Accredited diploma (optional)
  • Older Students
  • Accredited (various accreditation)
  • Offers Three Years of High School Level Instruction (some languages)
  • Dual Credit (Hebrew Only)

SevenStar is a private Christian school. Dual Credit is available for two levels of Hebrew only at this time. For 6-12th grade, two levels of Chinese, three levels of French, three levels of German, three levels of Spanish.

 

Accelerate Online Academy

  • Traditional (predominantly)
  • High School
  • Online classes
  • Accredited diploma (optional)
  • Younger Students
  • Older Students
  • Accredited courses (various accreditation)
  • Offers Three Years of High School Level Instruction (Spanish only)

Accelerate Online Academy has online courses, accredited, although they will only send sealed and stamped transcripts to a college, so if something happened to the school you might not be able to get your sealed transcripts some day in the future.
The price is about $425 per course per year.
Elementary school years offer Spanish 1 and 2, and Chinese 1 and 2 during third grade through fifth grade.
Middle school years offer two levels each of Spanish, French, German, Chinese, and Latin.
High school years offer two years of Chinese, two years of French, and three years of Spanish.

 

Laurel Springs

  • Traditional (predominantly)
  • Non-traditional (predominantly)
  • High School
  • Online classes
  • Accredited diploma (optional)
  • Younger Students
  • Older Students
  • Accredited (various accreditation)
  • Intentionally Teaches Culture
  • Offers Three Years of High School Level Instruction (some languages)
  • Course Taught By Proficient Speaker
  • AP Exam
  • Social offerings, such as a club
  • Dual Credit

Laurel Springs
Mix of online courses and paper-based, with accredited options.
Courses are done at the student’s pace.
Offers AP Spanish and AP French courses.
Offers an online National Honor Society.
For Kindergarten through Grade 2, offers Spanish, French, or Chinese online. Grades 3-5 offer Spanish, French, German, or Latin online.
Grades 6-8 offer Spanish, French, German, Latin, or Chinese online.
High school offers four years of Spanish or French, which is a mix of text and online, plus two years of German, Latin or Chinese online.
Students can also take AP French or AP Spanish either in their fourth year of language study, or if they have native fluency.
Tuition varies. Middle school tuition and curriculum cost is $500 for a world language course per year. In high school tuition varies based on the course. World Language is $1190 at this time per year, and Advanced Placement courses are listed at $1540.

 

Lighthouse Christian Academy

  • Traditional (predominantly)
  • High School
  • Online classes
  • Accredited diploma (optional)
  • Accredited (various accreditation)
  • Offers Three Years of High School Level Instruction (some languages)
  • Social offerings (graduation ceremony in Tennessee option)

Lighthouse Christian Academy has online, accredited courses.
The course uses ACE Paces curriculum.
The tuition at the time of this writing is $950-$1000 per year for high school, but foreign language curriculum is not included in that price. One course is $250 at the time of this writing. If your child satisfies the requirements, there is a graduation ceremony and class ring available. Located in Tennessee.

 

Georgia Department of Education

  • Traditional (predominantly)
  • High School
  • Online classes
  • Free
  • Older Students
  • Offers Three Years of High School Level Instruction (third year is an AP year)
  • AP Exam

Has three levels of German.

 

Muzzy

  • Non-traditional (predominantly)
  • Younger Students

This is a cartoon designed to teach young children a foreign language. It’s been around for over 25 years and has now been redone. Their website says, “Developed by the BBC, MUZZY’s simple and effective program works by teaching through fun and animated stories featuring Muzzy and friends. These stories use the natural immersion method, which is modeled after the way children learn their first language.”

I think that children watching the cartoon as part of a lesson with direct instruction could be effective. I do not think that just having your children watch these DVDs without any additional instruction is likely to be effective. My children did not manage to pick up anything from either the French or Mandarin Chinese DVDs until we sat down and watched them together.

I have used older copies that I checked out from the library, and we have watched the newer series samples on YouTube. The older DVD and CD versions are ok. They’re cartoons talking, rather than actual people. My kids first called the old cartoons “creepy,” but now they love to watch Muzzy. I haven’t had a chance to use the newer versions, which seem to be updated cartoons. The first lessons that I was able to preview had almost the same of content, with small changes. The voice actors were clearer in the newer version. The old version has two levels. In the new version, I can only find one level available, but I’m not sure if it covers as much content. I prefer seeing an actual person talking because facial expression and mouth movement contribute to learning a language, but cartoons can be redubbed in many languages, which is probably why cartoons were used.

You can buy a new DVD set for $168 at this time, or get an online subscription for about $9.95/month. The DVD purchase includes one year of online subscription. The online subscription has additional features. The additional online features are 190 online games, 101 Vocabulary Builder Videos, 23 Original Sing Alongs, Printable Activities, Recording Studio, eBook, Online Picture Dictionary, Online Activity Book, Parents Guide, and Weekly Email Lessons. If these features are something that you and your child enjoy, they could go a long way towards making this effective. It’s available in Spanish, French, Chinese, Italian, German, and Korean.

 

School House Teachers.com

https://schoolhouseteachers.com has multiple options for curriculum and supplements. A yearly membership could be a good budget choice if you can use one of the foreign language curricula options.

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