- What to expect from 6th grade German?
In 6th grade all students get a little glimpse of the language offered at PAMS: French, German, Latin and Spanish. Each marking period will be dedicated to another language, which they will take 2 days out of the 6-day circle.
They will learn some basic German language and culture. Because of the nature of the course, very little homework will be assigned. The students are responsible for keeping the papers given out in class in an assigned section of their binder and study for the 2 quizzes given during the marking period. All other grades will be earned through activities in class. (Papers for 6th grade will soon be posted in this section along with study games and links).
- What language should we choose for 7th grade?
At PAMS the 6th grade students get a wonderful opportunity to try out all four offered languages to test them out and see which one they like best. As the German teacher, I of course love to see lots of students signing up for German in 7th grade. But really the best advice I can give any student and parent is: Let your child choose the language they like! Everyone has different interests and there is no such thing as an "easy-to-learn" language. BUT we tend to learn best when we are interested in what we are learning about. It is much more advantageous to a student to do what they like, than to struggle with something they do not enjoy. That's why the 6th grade language program is so wonderful. Your child gets a little taste of everything offered.
Just because the parents or siblings liked one language, won't mean you have to like it as well. My mom really enjoyed French in school. I have always liked the sound of English and I enjoy Spanish. I also studied French for two years. But in the end, I stuck with English, even moved to an English-speaking country and am teaching myself Spanish in my spare time. I remember next to nothing from French. That does not mean French is any less useful or fun, it just shows that I kept with what I really enjoyed. So, my piece of advice: Do what you love!