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October 2018: German Language Treasure

In this German treasure section we are primarily addressing families who speak no or little German at home. Elementary School students from these families often participate in our intensive German language courses, to boost their “German as a Second or Other Language” skills.

This month, our recommendation is:  http://www.amira-lesen.de.

In the reading program you can read or listen to 32 different books free of charge. These books are especially suitable for students for whom German is a second language, because they use simpler language and grammar and there are numerous charming illustrations. The texts are separated in three reading levels. The vocabulary used is Elementary School vocabulary. The contents of the books are of a large variety so that you will find stories with topics such as: sports, everyday life, and fairy tails. In addition, you can read or hear the books in 8 languages other than German: Turkish, Russian, Italian, Arabic, Polish, Farsi, Spanish, and English). This way when a story is not completely understood it can oftentimes be listened to again in the child’s native language. On this website you will also find games and audios with longer stories.

You can also access the website with your smart phone and read or listen to stories that way. It is also possible to download stories and to read them off-line.

The program is financially supported by the German Minister for Culture and by the German Ministry for Families.

If you have any questions, please contact Jasmin Kapustin at jkapustin@giswashington.org.

 

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