The German program at Strathcona High School is unique in the province of Alberta because it is the only public high school site granted the status of an official testing center leading to the German language proficiency diploma certified by the government of Germany. Students in the Language and Culture stream are able to receive the DSD I and receive a diploma certifying their basic level of fluency based on international standards. Students in the Language Arts (bilingual) stream are able to take the German Advanced Placement and DSD II, the German proficiency examination that satisfies the language requirements for studying at German universities. While students develop and hone their language skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking, the ultimate goal is fluent communication in German. Students are exposed to a variety of authentic texts including music, film and VODs. Students are surrounded by new technologies and are encouraged to use them. Students take trips to the German community and enjoy authentic German food and festivals. We are happy to offer an exchange opportunity to Germany through Alberta Education. Students from Alberta are paired with students from the German state of Hessen.
GERMAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE 10, 20, 30
This course is designed for students who have had little or no previous instruction in German. The focus is to be able to develop an ability to communicate and exchange information. Ultimately, students arrive at a basic level of fluency and can communicate with reference to topics that are relevant to their everyday lives. Some students move beyond even this and excel at an intermediate level and are able to provide reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.