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Happy Holidays!!!!

Frohe Weihnachten und ein glueckliches Neues Jahr 2019!wreath madewreath made

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for supporting us!

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WINTER TERM 2019

REGISTRATION open!
Contact us directly if interested.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Faculty and Staff :

  • Experienced, friendly and flexible
  • Professionally trained and hold College degrees
  • Offer students a diverse range of teaching specialties and skills
  • Familiar with the challenges of learning a second language
  • Responsive to individual learning styles
   
 TEACHERS:  
 

 

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Martine Kloss

Teacher - Group: Katzen 1 (3-4 years, Beginning level)

Martine was born in Germany, but lived in the USA for many years and raised two daughters here in bilingually. She started teaching  at a regular basis in the Fall 2018. 

Martine is teaching our youngest beginning children 4+ class this acad. year.

 ph  Barbara Malloy

Teacher - Group: Katzen 2-3 (4-9 years, Beginning level)

Barbara was born in Germany. She began as a volunteer with the German summer camp and Fall 2018, then moved over to teaching  at a regular basis in the Winter 2018. 

Barbara is teaching our beginning/advanced children 4+ class this acad. year.

 

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 Ellen L. McPherson

Teacher - Group: Katzen 1 (3-4 years, Beginning level)

Ellen is a student at Oregon State University. Ellen started to support the school in 2017 as an internship student. 

Ellen is teaching our youngest beginning children 4+ class this acad. year.

 

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 Martha Moore

Teacher - Group: Loewen (10+ years, Beginning level)

Martha has loved the German language since she was an exchange student to Germany in High School. She began as a volunteer with the adult German conversation, then moved over to teaching  at a regular basis in the Fall 2016. Her full time job is as a special ed teacher, but she is also licensed to teach German K-12. 

Martha is teaching our beginning/advanced beginning children 10+ class this acad. year.

   
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Brittney Teal-Cribbs, MA

Teacher  - Groups: Katzen (Preschool, K-3)

Brittney earned her MA in European History from WOU, and her BA in History with a minor in German from OSU. She spent three years volunteering with the OSU German Department leading conversation classes, performing community outreach with local children during holidays, and spent one term interning with Ashbrook Independent School's German after-school program. She is a Preschool Teacher. In her spare time, she enjoys learning medieval arts and sciences, and engages in participatory reenactment with the Society for Creative Anachronism.

Brittney joined our Deutsche Schule Corvallis in November 2014.

   
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Annette Youngberg

Teacher, Adult courses and Music

Annette is a clinical microbiologist who began studying German in junior high school. She has visited Germany several times, usually on a bicycle. Her favorite places in Germany are Berlin, Aachen, and rural Bavaria. Annette enjoys sharing her love of German language and culture with students of all ages.

Annette joined our school in 2015.

   
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Sandra Balzer

Faculty

I was born and raised in Würzburg, Germany and moved to Corvallis, OR in 2008. I am very glad to have the opportunity to volunteer at Deutsche Schule Corvallis. It is very exciting to be able to teach my native language to children and adults.

Sandra joined our team in the Fall 2014.

 

 

Ludmila Schuster Provaznikova, Ph.D.

Director & Teacher  

Ludmila received an MA in Foreign Language Education and History in the Czech Republic.  She spent several years teaching German and History at middle and high schools in the Czech Republic and in Germany. In the United States, she earned an MA in German Literature at the University of North Carolina and a PhD in Foreign Language Acquisition at the University of Iowa. She has been faculty in the German Program at Oregon State University since 2010. Her interest is multi-lingual language development, which she gets to practice with her family every day.

Ludmila started the team in the Fall 2014.

 

Assistents (2018-19):

 

 

   

 

 Luke Flierl (OSU, Internship F2018)

 

 Larissa Hitzmann (OSU)

 

   Stephen Stoddars (OSU, Internship F2018)
   Joseph Unfred (OSU)

 

 Monika Hoke (OSU)

 TEACHERS in the past years:

   
 AgnessAgness  Agnes Rehr-Zimmermann

I was born in Göttingen, Germany. I  was a student at Oregon State University, studying Recreation Resource Management major with minors in Spanish and Photography. Beside practicing the German language and culture inside and outside of Oregon State University, I enjoy rock climbing, hiking and traveling.

Agnes was with us 2016-2018.  After her graduation from OSU, she moved to California.

 

 Kerstin Früh

 Kerstin was born in Aachen Germany and was raised in Switzerland. She has a teachers credential from Switzerland. Corvallis has been her home for the last 10 years where she has been raising and home schooling her beautiful sons, part-time farming and gardening, working as a fiber artist and offering childcare. Keeping the language, culture and traditions of her childhood alive and sharing those with others has been a priority in her home and community. 

 Kerstin joined our school  2017-2018.

 

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 Anke Knauth

 Anke was born in Ober-Ramstadt, Germany. Since age 13 she has taught young children first at her Sunday school, then at GASPA (a German Saturday school in Menlo Park, CA), and now here. She is currently studying education at LBCC. Outside of work Anke enjoys baking and riding her motorcycle through the beautiful Oregon countryside. 

 Anke was teaching our younger children class (3-7 years old) 2015-2018.

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Manuela Waberer 

Manuela joined our team in the Spring 2015 and stayed to her graduation in June 2016 with us. Now lives in Vienna, Austria.

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 Cynthia Cox , MA - Teacher

Cynthia studied abroad in Mainz, Germany. She went on to gain a Master’s degree in Linguistics from the University at Buffalo. She has been an International Student Advisor at Oregon State University for the past 6 years. In her free time, Cynthia enjoys reading, travelling, and studying languages. She joined our team in the Fall 2014 and departed for her trip around the world and to Germany in June 2016.

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Helga McCamley - Conversation and Reading Specialist

 Helga was born in Germany, but she has lived in the US a long time now.  She started to volunteer in our German school as a conversant for adults in the Fall 2014 and loves the opportunity to speak with others who have an interest in speaking ​German. As Helga said: “I am fairly new to the Corvallis area so this is also a wonderful way to meet interesting people.”

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 Zoe Alley - Assistant

Zoe is a graduate student of psychology at Oregon State University.  Originally taught by a language instructor from Switzerland, she studied German at OSU.  Zoe has always adored working with children.  She greatly enjoys sharing her love of German with those at the Deutsche Schule and playing with her younger brothers at home.  Outside of her work and studies, Zoe loves music and singing (especially German folk songs). 

 Zoe joined our team in the Spring 2015.

 

 

 

 

DSC teachers use the immersion teaching methodology as well as various tested techniques to improve students' skills and confidence in the use of a foreign language. We offer our students a range of courses for various purposes. Contact Ludmila Schuster , School Director, to apply for any of the courses below (deutscheschulecorvallis@gmail.com).

  • Wednesday Parent-Child Class (only available with min. 4 students)

This 60-min class meets on Wednesdays between 4-5pm. It is an introductory German class for younger children (3 -4 years old) to learn WITH their parent(s). We enjoy playing together and learning our first German words, rhymes and songs together. Parents are welcome to attend with the child’s younger sibling if needed.

  • Friday & Thursday Classes for Children and Youth (3-16 y. old)

Our Friday and Thursday classes meet from 3.30-5.45pm. We have age and language-level appropriate activities and learning tracks for children 3+ and beginner to advance and for youth 10-16y. Younger children learn through play and songs, while older children engage in traditional learning and hands-on creative activities. Currently, we have 5 groups open on Friday and 2 groups on Thursday (each group is also split based on age for various activities):

  • Cats 1 (Katzen 1) = 3-5y 
    Our youngest group learning German in an environment without parents. We enjoy playing together and learning our first German words, rhymes and songs together. Each season and each term brings new songs, rhymes and activities that we work on together.
     
  • Cats 2 (Katzen 2) = 5/6 -7y 
    This older group is learning German in an environment without parents. We enjoy not only playing together and learning our first German sentences and songs, but also start working on our ABC, reading and writing skills in a smaller group activities. Each season and each term brings new songs, rhymes and activities and themes that we work on together. (Textbook used: Hallo Anna 1)
  • Cats 3 (Katzen 3) = 8-12y 
    This oldest cats group is continuing learning German in an environment without parents. We enjoy not only playing and sing songs together, but also continue working on our vocabulary development, improving reading and writing skills in a smaller group activities. Each season and each term brings new songs, rhymes and activities that we work on together. Homework is a crucial part of the work and preparation. Textbook used: Hallo Anna 2. Each term, a reading book is selected based on the theme of the term, but students are encouraged to read more and use the books from our library.
  • Tigers 1-3 (Tiger)  = 5-12y
    We have a strong advanced and near-native  group that is focusing on all skills in topics about nature, science and geography. This group is German language ONLY. Themes follow "Sachkunde, Landeskunde" and cultural topics. Reading and writing skills are an important part of the curriculum, age appropriate activities prepared.  Each term, a reading book is selected based on the theme of the term, but students are encouraged to read more and use the books from our library.
  • Lions (Loewen) = 10+y  (Only Fridays)
    Our oldest beginning and intermediate learners focusing on all skills. Although using materials and a style of a traditional classroom, we also offer the chance to do hands-on crafting and enjoy games together in German.

All children groups learn about German culture and traditions and each season and themes selected bring new ideas and materials. We work with small groups that do not exceed 12 students, which gives us the flexibility to focus on each child’s learning development. To help our students learn their best, we provide a mix of formal and informal learning environments, a relaxed atmosphere and a variety of themes. Come and join us.

  • Summer  Camps

During the Summer 2019, we plan to open one week summer camp and one 8-week-long course. Let us know if interested :)

 A timely sign-up  and registration helps us to best prepare activities and learning materials for our students - your children that are interested to spend one whole day in a German environment. Each day has a theme that can be interesting for both younger and older children. We are ready to offer various activities to challenge a child with different language proficiency as well. Camp open to children 5+. 

Come back in February for more information!!!!