German Syllabus



    This is the German I course syllabus. 
    If I update the syllabus during the semester, I will also update this file.  


    German I

    Mrs. Bailey

    Room 406

    Extension 1827


    Course Description
    In this course students will learn; listening and speaking skills including understanding and responding to simple directions, expressions of courtesy, and questions related to daily routines; reading and writing skills including words and phrases used in basic situational contexts; beginning understanding of German-speaking cultures.

    Welcome to German! My name is Mrs. Bailey and I will be teaching you German this year. I think you have made a great choice. German does not generally have the reputation of being an easy language to learn. You will find yourself challenged daily in learning German and I hope you have carefully based your choice on your ability. Please remember no book or teacher can do it alone. The motivated learner is an essential part of the equation. Because you have chosen to take this foreign language class, it will be your responsibility to make sure that you keep up with all the assignments, project due dates, and practice outside of the classroom on a regular basis. I like lots of interaction in my classes and occasionally it can get a little loud, but at all times you will be expected to follow all of the classroom rules, those in the student handbook and the guidelines set forth by the Muscle Shoals Board of Education.


    The following items are required for daily use:
    1. blue or black ink pens (work completed in any other color will earn no credit)
    2. one red pen or pencil for correction purposes
    3. a large three-ring binder with pockets (save some room in one you already have)
    4. loose-leaf notebook paper

    The following items are not required — only recommended:
    1. German/English paperback dictionary (you will be learning how to use an online translator later in the class)
    2. Glue
    3. Scissors
    4. Ruler 
    These craft items will come in handy because I want you to be able to complete your projects and homework in class.


    •  It is your responsibility to keep track of your work and your scores that way you will know where you stand and what you need to work on. All of your course work and your progress can now be accessed on line, through INow and our new textbook website. 

            45% Major Tests (Chapter Tests)

            30% Minor Tests (Vocabulary quizzes, etc.)

            25% Daily Grades (Homework/Class work)

    • Progress Reports are distributed after fourth week of each nine-week grading period. This report will provide you and your parents with an approximate average in class at that point.
    • A final exam will be administered. The school board's exemption policy applies to German.

    Above all, German will be taught during class time. Disruptions of any kind will not be tolerated. This course moves very quickly and much material is covered during every class meeting. Disruptions hamper learning and thus will be dealt with immediately and appropriately. Remember, you ELECTED to take a foreign language; this should be evident in your daily attitude. Please adhere to the following rules when in German class.


    1. Be on time. Be seated in your assigned seat BEFORE the tardy bell BEGINS to ring. Time is provided for you to use the bathroom between each of your classes and during lunch. (exceptions: illness, medical condition)
    2. Be prepared for class. Have all materials from the above supply list with you when you arrive. You will not be allowed to return to your locker to retrieve materials.

    3. Be courteous and attentive. Your teacher has prepared class for you each day; what has been planned is important, so respect and courtesy are expected.
    4. Do not bring consumable items (GUM, DRINKS, AND FOOD) into the classroom. (Bottled water with a top is allowed.)
    5. Students are not permitted to use the telephone in the classroom or their personal cell phones without the teacher's express permission.
    6. Backpacks are not allowed in classrooms.
    7. All purses and anything that will not fit in the desk or stay in the desk must be placed on the counter in the back of the room. NO ONE IS ALLOWED TO TOUCH ANYTHING ON THIS COUNTER DURING CLASS. Please do not bring anything that you cannot afford to lose to class, the teacher is not responsible for anything missing or stolen.

    8. All handbook rules and Muscle Shoals Board of Education Rules will be strictly adhered to in the German class.

    9. Sleeping is never allowed in class.

    10. Students are not allowed to line up at the door at the end of class or any other time. 

    11. Stay seated at all times there is not enough room in the classroom for you to be moving around. 

    The following consequences will be enforced if the above rules are not followed.

    1. teacher/student conference and after-school detention

    2. teacher/student/parent conference (telephone) and after-school detention

    3. teacher/student/administrator conference and office punishment

    4. students will immediately be removed from the classroom if severe disruptions occur

    Make-up Work
    Make-up work is the responsibility of the student.
    If you are absent, IMMEDIATELY upon your return to class you must do the following:

    1. check with the teacher and/or STI for any work missed

    2. complete the work, label as MAKE-UP and turn it in within three days of your absence*

    3. any class work not turned in at the end of class time while the student was present may not be made-up

    4. get class notes from a classmate

    *time will be provided in class every Friday to make-up all missed tests, quizzes and classwork

    I look forward to teaching you German this semester, seeing you work harder than you ever have and watching you reap the rewards of a job well done. After this class, you can laugh derisively at Mark Twain’s disheartening comment that a gifted person ought to be able to learn English (excluding spelling and pronunciation) in 30 hours, French in 30 days, and German in 30 years. In fact, very soon you will be able to tell your friends — in German —just how far off the mark Twain was!

    Frau Bailey



    Please sign and return this form to me as soon as possible, thank you. The Electronic Signature Form Link for both parent/guardian and student is located at the bottom of this page.

    I have received, read, and understand Mrs. Bailey’s German I course outline and expectations.

    Signed_______________________________________________________________ (parent/guardian)

    Signed ______________________________________________________________  (student)


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