Greenwich High School World Language Department hosts German students

The Greenwich High School (GHS) World Language Department are hosting a group of 15 visiting students from Leibnizschule in Wiesbaden, Germany from Oct. 12-16. Accompanying the students are two English teachers from their school. The visit is designed as part of a sister school program between GHS and Leibnizschule, where students from Wiesbaden will be hosted by GHS German students, and will shadow their student hosts for one week, attending class with them, and experiencing life at GHS.

Later this school year, students of German at GHS will have the opportunity to travel to Germany and Austria during the Spring Recess, from April 8 through April 17, 2016. They will spend a few days visiting Leibnizschule Wiesbaden, shadowing their hosts and attending class. This will be followed by a tour of southern Germany and Austria, including visits to Rothenburg, Munich, and Salzburg.

Leibnizschule is a college-track high school located in Wiesbaden, Germany, which seeks to offer a learning environment combining tradition and modernity, with a scientific and music focus. Leibnizschule is a learning community of approximately 1,000 students and 80 teachers. Leibnizschule maintains relationships with schools in England, France, Ireland, Israel, and the United States, which allow their students to learn first hand about other languages and cultures.

The Greenwich High School World Language Department offers a wide variety of courses to develop students’ communication proficiency in one or more languages other than English. French, German, Italian, Latin, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and American Sign Language are offered, with advanced placement and honors courses available in French, Spanish, Latin, German, and Mandarin Chinese. All proficiency levels are based on the performance guidelines of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

Greenwich High School students typically complete more than three years of a second language, with many students studying two languages. Classes are designed to develop speaking and listening proficiency, followed by reading, writing, and cultural awareness. The target language is used almost exclusively at all levels. The use of technology is an integral part of the curriculum.

The German students arrived at GHS on Monday morning, Oct. 12.

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