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

Mission Statement:

The mission of the German Language Courses (GLC) at the German International 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 lifelong learning of the German language and its culture.

We all thrive on our Motto:

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.

We have around 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.
Here https://giswashington.org/exams.html you can take a look at our exam schedule.

Our classes are divided in three groups to accommodate all language learners and all proficiency levels:

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

Click here for a list of Course descriptions

At our school learning German is fun! Next to German classes of very high standards, parents and students get to 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

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


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