Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Foreign Language Opportunity for First-Graders

A Valparaiso University program that introduces first-grade children to German language and culture is being offered for the 10th consecutive year.

Valpo’s “Kinder lernen Deutsch” program, sponsored by the Kade-Duesenberg German House and Cultural Center, emphasizes learning German through fun and games. Classes begin 21 September, with weekly one-hour sessions taught by undergraduate German and elementary education students at Valpo. Dr. Sarah Glenn DeMaris, professor of foreign languages and literatures and director of the German House, supervises the program.

Children who begin taking German in the first-grade program can continue for two additional years in “Kinder lernen Deutsch.” Fourth and fifth-grade children then have the option of continuing their German or starting a new language through the “Bridges to World Languages” program, another after-school program taught by Valpo students and offered by the Valparaiso Community Schools.

Registration of first-grade children begins today (25 August) on a first-come, first-served basis until the class is full. To register a child, call 219:548-1569 on weekdays between 1 and 5 p.m. The registration fee for the full 22 sessions is $60, and is due on the first day of class. Sessions begin at 4 p.m. on Mondays, with a total of 22 sessions in the program, which concludes 19 April 2010.

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