01 Aug 2015
August 1, 2015

Innovative German Language Sale

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August Campaign: Too Cool For School Sale

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Brand new audio and video lesson series started on July 6th. As always, several new lessons are published every single week, non-stop, for free (for 3 weeks after publishing). What kind of lessons? Where can you grab them? To learn with the newest lessons for free, check out the “Newest Lessons” page on the site!

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12 Jul 2015
July 12, 2015

Time to Sign Up to a German School

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German Schools for 2015/2016

Just in case you are new in town, here is list:

  1. Lord Kitchener ElementaryVancouver Westside German School


Location: Junior (Tuesdays)
Lord Kitchener Elementary

3455 W. King Edward Ave.,
Vancouver, BC V6S 0C7, Canada

Contact School to find out whether your child would be in the Junior Department or in the Senior Section.  New parent-participation playgroup also offered this year for the first time.

Location: Senior (Wednesdays)

Unless otherwise notifed, it is still at

Carnarvon Elementary

3400 Balaclava St, Vancouver, BC, Canada


  1. Surrey German Language School


Location: Kwantlen Park Secondary

10441 – 132 St, Surrey, BC

Phone (604) 564-0486


  1. German School North Shore


Location: Lynnmour Elementary School

800 Forsman St, North Vancouver

(located off Lillooet Rd behind the Holiday Inn)


  1. North Star German Academy


Location: Lynn Valley, North Vancouver, BC

Claudia Estlin

Ph – 604.988.2425


  1. International House Vancouver


Tel: (604) 739-9836 / Fax: (604) 739-9839

Email: languages@ihvancouver.com

Hours: 2 to 9pm Monday – Thursday, 12 to 6pm Friday

Address: 88 West Pender Street #2001, Vancouver, BC V6B 1R3


  1. Berlitz Learning Centre


1010-789 West Pender Street

Vancouver, BC V6C 1H2

Phone: 604-685-9331

Learning GermanSummer is a time when it is easy to forget German for children who are learning it as a second language. If you have children who would like to attend 1/2 hour sessions once or twice a week, please let me know:
a. Conjugating verbs
b. Memorizing and building on vocabulary
c. Writing short paragraphs
d. Learning one song each session

These classes could be organized on a weekly basis and held here in Kits. There will be a $5 drop-in fee, and your child should bring their water bottle & a snack, as well as a notebook & German dictionary. Ages 8 to 18. Note: this is for children who aren’t native German speakers and need extra help to learn basics. I myself have a “Sprachdiplom 1” and have workbooks and dictionaries here to use. Maximum 10 kids per class.

No need to sign up regularly, as classes will be held on a mutually agreed basis.  First class would be Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 at 11 am, just to get us started, and then we can all discuss the next class at pick-up. If you are away on holidays, you can just contact me to see about next time.
If there is a particular area that your child is struggling with, please let me know and we can build it into the curriculum.



12 Jun 2015
June 12, 2015

Keep Up German in Summer Holidays

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How can I be sure that my child continues to learn?

Deutsch lernenThere are 3 ways to ensure that your child continues to keep up their German language abilities during their 3 months of summer holidays. From the end of May to September 2nd, there is no formal German School and those 12 weeks that can lead to the so-called “brain drain”. To prevent this, it is important to have a plan, and one that will work even while on a plane, train or in an automobile. These are all things you might already know, but may not have implemented yet.

a. Hear German – Ideally, your child should have an opportunity to have a conversation with a native German speaker on a daily basis, but if this isn’t realistic, you can offer them opportunities to watch German Shows on YouTube, such as “Nesthaekchen” (https://youtu.be/SmnCDJkW-nQ), Trotzkopf (https://youtu.be/ify1-7wcrB4?list=PLrNJA6RzlTuvKv4-4JRXIbr2Oww2Bkd58), Hanni & Nanni, (https://youtu.be/3XfK7Uvnv_M) or for younger children, “Die Sendung mit der Maus” (https://youtu.be/1k8GUj_rZGw), or Sesamstrasse deutsch (https://youtu.be/2wk2Q3emUq8). You can also organize playdates with German-speaking children, although this can backfire, and your child child might teach them English instead. There are also a few playgroups here and there who meet at the beach during the summer. As soon as I have some more information about these, I will let you know.

b. Read German – I would like to point out that the Vancouver Public Library downtown has a German section on the main floor. The library is located at: 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, B.C. (604-331-3603). There is also the Facebook Page: Germans in Vancouver, where there are over 150 German-speakers connected, that may be able to direct you to where to find German books. The St. Mark’s Church has a major Garage Sale at least once a year, and finally, the German Schools often go through their books and offer sales. There is also the Goethe Institute, but they are located in Toronto and you would still have to pay for shipping, which makes it rather expensive.

c. Experience German – Going directly to Germany, Switzerland or Austria is ideal, but for those who can’t do it, you can “find” local the German Community – there are choirs seeking younger member (Concordia or MGV Lyra), there are still one or two German Churches with German Sunday Schools. There are German Restaurants, such as the Bauhaus and the Vancouver Alpenclub. Finally, you could try to volunteer at the German-Canadian Care Home. Surround your child with German-speaking people. Becoming Intergenerational is the key to your child being immersed in the German Community – so many children of immigrants don’t have their grandparents or extended family living nearby and really miss out interactions with older adults.

When I was young, we had the opportunity to watch German Movies at the Hollywood Theatre in Kitsilano. They would actually get the “reels” mailed in from Edmonton. This way we had the chance to watch fairly “modern” flics. But now, even with YouTube, Netflix and ITunes, there are some movies that have blocked direct access and we just can’t get them from here. So, if anyone is going to Germany, please bring back Hanni und Nanni Part 1, 2, 3. (http://movies.universal-pictures-international-germany.de/hanniundnanni3/)

Otherwise, I would like to offer a “Learn German by Rote Class” where I offer the basic verb conjugations of “Ich will, ich muss, ich darf, ich kann, ich soll, ich werde, ich mag, ich habe, ich bin, ich moechte, along with the past tense variations etc. $5 an hour with a maximum of 10 children for ages 8 to 14.

If anyone has any ideas, or if you would like to sign up, please comment in the space below or call 604 828 8788.  Sometimes the old-fashioned way is the better way to learn. At least in summer time.

Open House Westside German School


For those who can’t “see” jpegs on their computers, this Open House event takes place on Tuesday, April 28th, at 4:30 pm at the Carnarvon School on 3400 Balaclava St.


1.  Meet the principal and learn about their program

2. Open class rooms

3.  Kaffee und Kuchen (by donation)

4.  Check out the German media sale (by donation)

Anyone interested in signing their child up to German School is welcome to attend.

Danke Schoen!

Snowman Arts & Crafts

24 Feb 2015
February 24, 2015

Ziegler Lecture by Claudia Kost

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Developing Critical Thinking Skills

The CENES Department at UBC cordially invites you to the Ziegler lecture by Dr. Claudia Kost, University of Alberta.
“Taking German Outside the Classroom: Integrating Community Service Learning and Blogs to Develop Critical Thinking Skills”

The lecture will take place on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at St. John’s College (UBC, 2111 Lower Mall)
at 5:00-6:00pm (4:45pm refreshments).

Attached find the flyer for further distribution.
Please, share this information with your students.

Brief presenter bio: Dr. Claudia Kost is Associate Professor of German Applied Linguistics and German Language Program Coordinator at the University of Alberta.
Her research interests focus on computer-mediated communication (chat, wikis and blogs), teacher training, and foreign language pedagogy.

Abstract: In an undergraduate German Applied Linguistics course, students had the opportunity to participate in a community service learning (CSL) component which placed them in local schools to serve as assistants and study buddies in German classes. Students wrote weekly blog entries to explore connections between course materials, class discussions and their own personal experiences in everyday life and at their service learning placement as they related to language learning or language teaching. Blogs do not only provide powerful opportunities for increased language practice, they also have great potential to foster reflective and critical thinking skills for students outside the regular classroom which is the focus of the current study.