Special Language Programs

From exciting immersion experiences like Escape Rooms to unique hands-on classes and workshops for kids and adults, these programs are fun and engaging while helping you expand your German language skills.

START 1-2-3 Beginner Classes

START 1 (A1.1) Summer Class

Our A1.1 Beginner class is perfect for absolute beginners who are eager to kick off their journey to proficiency in German. Learn in a fun environment that focuses on communication and teaches important language skills for everyday life and contemporary professional aspects. Class meets in-person on Mondays starting June 10, 6:30 to 8:30 PM.


Prep for the B1/DSD I exam for youth

This program is sold out

This class is for young students at the A2/B1 levels in preparation for the Deutsches Sprachdiplom I (DSD I) or Goethe B1 exam and is geared towards rising 7th graders and older. The main focus will be a tailored and thorough preparation for the DSD I exam at TCGIS, or for non-TCGIS students, the equivalent B1 exam at the GAI in late Winter 2025. While we explicitly prepare for these exams, students are not required to take the examination.

A special focus of the class will be written communication. The other three parts of the exam, listening comprehension, reading comprehension, and oral communication will also be practiced.

Classes meet at the GAI Haus (301 Summit Avenue) on the first Saturday of the month from 9:15 to 10:45 a.m. Between onsite sessions, students complete and turn in homework on a weekly basis using a (virtual) Google classroom.

Start date 2023/24 school year: Saturday, October 7, 2023
End date 2023/24 school year: Saturday, June 1, 2024
TUITION for 2023/24 school year (8 in-person sessions, includes textbook):
$220 GAI members
$235 Non-members

All students need to present a recently taken and passed A2 German exam ( Goethe, IVA2, etc),
Commitment to dedicate a minimum of one hour per week for homework. Students will be expected to turn in their complete homework on time through Google classroom. Repeated failure to submit homework may result in unenrollment (tuition will not be reimbursed).
If no A2 exam has been taken or if a student failed an A2 exam but has continued their German education since, the GAI will hold an A2 equivalent exam at the beginning of September 2023 for students interested in taking this class. Please contact Katrin Erdmann (kerdmann@gaimn.org) to discuss options.