About Us

Deutsche Schule Corvallis

Welcome message from the Director Corvallis, July 2020

Dear friend and visitor,

On behalf of the entire German school community, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our website and to our school. Our non-profit language immersion program “Deutsche Schule Corvallis” is an educational program focusing on introducing German language and culture to the children, youth and adults in our area.

We started this idea in 2012. In 2015 we became an independent, small non-profit organization with weekly and bi-weekly programs and cultural activities for children. With the help of our community, we were able to organize a German Christmas concert, host a German theater for children, and create conversation opportunities for all. We offered classes at the Corvallis Waldorf School, and at the Montessori School in Corvallis.

Starting Fall 2016, we began to offer additional courses on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. Also, our new programs came to life: 1) the Parent-Child class for 2-4 year old children learning first songs, rhymes and German words with their parents, and 2) the adult classes. In 2017, we organized our first summer camp and our first summer term classes. The year 2018 brought our new library to life that provides reading and listening opportunities for children and adults in this area – we have over 600 books and 200 DVD to share with all who have an interest.

During the year 2018, we also have found a new location and offer ALL classes at one place. You will find us from now in the Education wing at the Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan (on the 35th and Harrison) in Corvallis. Our library is located at the same place and open during the time of our classes. Have you also been to our Berlin Wall exhibit and lecture in the Fall 2019? If you are interested in learning German, we have a broad selection of courses. During the academic year 2019-2020, we taught children classes on Thursdays and Fridays afternoon (ages 3-14+). Our adult classes (Levels a1, a2, b1-b2) met on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday afternoons.

In the Spring 2020, due to COVID pandemics, we had to close our regular classrooms, however we started offering online classes for children and adults. During the summer 2020, we had a 5-week long online program for children, and our adult classes are 10-weeks.

Our plans for the 2020-21 academic year:

Beside a classroom option (that we cannot currently plan due to COVID and building closures), we are planning an online school year for all ages. Please have a look at our calendar plan and program details. We hope that despite COVID, you are able to join our programs and we are able to continue teaching your families.

We are proud to say that thanks to our community, we now have taught German for over 8 years in Corvallis and are able to support additional cultural activities and events. As we grow and establish our program, we would like to be able to sustain our current programs and add more opportunities for the community to learn about German culture, music and language: open new classes, bring German cultural events to area schools, make small scholarships available to children and youth, organize cultural events in our area (puppet masters, singers, films, Festival or Market stands, events, etc.), and support the growth of the school by inviting more faculty with a strong educational background to join our mission.

Learning foreign languages and cultures has an important role in an increasingly connected world. It not only enables us to appreciate differences in others, but also to better understand ourselves.

Take a look at our website or our Facebook, see the calendar to find activities for your family and friends, but please come also to visit us in person or via ZOOM in our classes, learning activities and events. Become a stable part of our community.

Sincerely,

Ludmila Schuster

Ludmila Schuster Provaznikova, Ph.D.
Director, Deutsche Schule Corvallis
German Affiliate Faculty, World Languages and Cultures, Oregon State University
deutscheschulecorvallis@gmail.com | 541-908-9210
Location: Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan, 333 NW 35th Street, Corvallis, OR 97333
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