Please follow this link to fill out a quick Google Form, in which you provide the German teacher with your contact information.
The German teacher will reach out to you, to talk with you about your child's language choice and to answer any questions you have about the German program at Gunn High School, the Gunn HS placement test, the National German Exam, AP-German or any other questions about your child's German study.
When you learn another language, it gives you access to another world. It opens the door to another culture and allows you a fresh view of your own culture. Learning a language helps you understand and appreciate people from other countries. It gives you more flexibility in thinking, a greater sensitivity for language, and a better ear for listening. It also improves your understanding of your own language.
Students engage in group and partner activities to help further their understanding of German. Starting in German I, students engage in all three modes of communication: presentational, interpersonal, and interpretative. Students present about their own life, interests and research various topics about contemporary Germany. Students write real pen-pal letters to an English class in Freiburg, Germany. Our students act out dialogues and have discussions expressing their opinions, and of course they read in German and listen to German. Students find our class not only educational but fun as well. Students show off their knowledge and abilities in many creative and interactive ways. Each year students explore the social, cultural, and historical life of the German-speaking people a little deeper.
At Gunn German is not just a class.
Students have many unique opportunities to get more involved in German:
The German Club meets once a week and organizes food fairs, games and activities.
Gunn has a German honors society.
Each year we see German films at the Berlin and Beyond Film Festival.
When there is a German concert we will be there. We have enjoyed the Madsen concert, saw the band Tonbandgerät and we rocked with Nena in San Francisco.
Each spring students take the National German Exam and the awards ceremony at Berkeley or Stanford.
Every other year we participate in the German Immersion Day with German students from the Bay Area.
Every other year we host the German GAPP exchange and students can visit Germany in the summer.
12 Reasons to Learn German:
Learning German helps students get better SAT and ACT scores. At the Universities many majors recommend the study of German.
Among many academic programs requiring or recommending German are: anatomy, art history, biochemistry, biology, biomedical physics, botany, chemistry, design, engineering, film studies, genetics, linguistics, logic and methodology of science, molecular biology, music, near eastern studies, philosophy, physical science, physics, physiology, religious studies, zoology.
Germany is America's largest European trading partner with more than 750 major American firms doing business in Germany.
Germany is the largest telecommunications market in Europe and the third largest worldwide.
1100 German companies do business in the US.
German is a key language in the European Union and in the rapidly growing markets of Central and Eastern Europe.
Germany is at the forefront of architectural, industrial, automotive and sustainability design.
More than 25% of all foreign tourists visiting the US come from German-speaking countries, spending more than $37 billion annually around the world.
German is one of the most frequently used languages on the internet.
German companies in the US pay German-speaking employees premium salaries.
The German speaking countries are among the most popular destinations for American travelers.
In banking and finance, Germany is one of the top five sources of foreign direct investment in the U.S.
The German teacher at Gunn High School is a native speaker who seeks to introduce the language through creative and engaging academic activities. For any questions about the German program please contact Claudia Schroeppel.