This is an introductory course into the German language and culture for students entering 7th grade. It is taught mostly in German and places emphasis on aural comprehension and conversational skills. Students are encouraged to speak in the target language when practicing various topics including introducing oneself, greeting people, telling time, or talking about school, animals and pets. Learning vocabulary and basic grammatical concepts, as well as developing strong reading and writing skills in German are additional focuses of this class. This is accomplished through a variety of learning tools, such as dialogs, short texts, catchy songs, poems, multifaceted exercises and video clips.