AP German

[German I],  [German II],  [German III],  [German IV],  and [AP German] courses are available.
Our university has offered this online AP German course for high school students since 2002 (since 2007 approved through the College Board audit) with good results: usually 80 to 100% of the students who take the course pass the AP Exam with a score of 3 or better. This course is offered as a 5th-year German course to students who have had 4 years of high school German or have had an equivalent experience. The course is conducted almost entirely in German. The AP German Hybrid course will meet weekly from 4:00 – 5:00 pm Central Standard Time for synchronous group sessions, with an instructor to student ratio of 1:5. Sessions will be held on Mondays and Tuesdays and students may specify which session they would like to join upon interviewing for the course, though our instructors reserve the right to rearrange students based on abilities. Students must complete the AP German interview and essay prompt prior to admission to the course. The course cost is $1000 and includes 40 hours of synchronous instruction and 150 hours of asynchronous instruction.
The course instructor communicates with the students through group tutoring sessions. Instructional materials are created or selected by the course instructor and include a variety of authentic resources, such as audio and video recordings, podcasts, newspaper and magazine articles, and literary texts. The material is grouped into six units which address all six of the themes listed in the AP German Language Guide (Global Challenges, Science and Technology, Contemporary Life, Personal and Public Identities, Families and Communities, Beauty and Aesthetics). Each theme is presented through authentic materials and is geared towards development of cultural understanding, communication strategies in both formal and informal situations and in different modes (interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive), and vocabulary development. In connection with the units we review different aspects of grammar as they are needed for the communicative tasks. There are both formative and summative assessments for the different tasks. Students do not specifically work towards the AP exam, but they learn about exam expectations in connection with skills and strategies practiced in the different units. The learning objectives at the beginning of each unit are formulated to complement the ones listed in the “AP German Language and Culture” course description.
The distance learning situation poses special challenges for both instructor and student by requiring students to take ownership of their learning and to work independently. As such, it is an excellent preparation for the challenges students encounter at the college level. Personal contact between instructor and students is maintained through weekly tutoring sessions which are conducted entirely in German. These are intensive sessions, where the instructor meets with each student individually using Skype video conferencing. In the hour-long session, we review students’ written answers, elicit oral answers, practice conversation in different communicative situations, hear students’ oral presentations, and give individual help with grammatical or other problems.

AP German Language and Culture Course Overview

Our course consists of 6 units. The themes for the six units are taken from the College Board's 'AP German Language and Culture - Course and Exam Description, Fall 2020'.

Learning Objectives for the Course

Students identify the main ideas and relevant details of print texts and charts.

Students identify audience, purpose, and point of view of print texts and charts.

Students identify the theme or the moral of a text.

Students summarize the content of a text.

Students infer the meaning of words or phrases based on context.

Students identify and describe content and connections among cultural topics.

Students describe how the data in a table or chart illustrate cultural phenomena.

Students use the information of texts and charts to describe cultural topics or phenomena.

Students explain and compare cultural products, practices and perspectives.

Students demonstrate their knowledge of the culture of a German-speaking region by comparing their social environment with a German-speaking region.

Students interpret and choose examples for an argumentative essay.

Students connect content to interdisciplinary themes.

Students apply appropriate register, elaboration, and communication strategies to interpersonal speaking and writing.


Students study authentic sources such as written texts (articles, literary texts, advertisements, web pages, instructions, formal letters and emails), charts, audio and video texts to familiarize themselves with aspects of the culture of German-speaking regions.  These sources are grouped around the topics of Families, Personal and Public Identities, Beauty and Aesthetics, Science and Technology, Contemporary Life, and Global Challenges.

Students use t-diagrams to describe main points and supporting details of a written text.

Students analyze written and audio/video texts and answer questions, both multiple-choice and content questions.

Students write hashtags for the paragraphs of a text.

Students identify the speaker, audience, main idea, occasion, purpose, and tone of a text.

Students study German phrases to express an opinion.

Students use Venn diagrams to compare different sources, showing where these sources differ and what they have in common.

Students use t-diagrams to note ‘pro’ and ‘contra’ of different issues with arguments based on a chart, a video or audio text, and an article.

Students study the format of an argumentative essay and write several essays based on three sources.

Students activate prior knowledge by brainstorming about different aspects of German culture, e.g. the German school system.

Students answer multiple-choice questions about video clips, articles, and charts.

Students study the elements of a formal letter and email and compose formal emails and answers to emails.

Students study the elements of an informal conversation and practice circumlocution for unknown words.

Students individually conduct conversations with the tutor, using the informal register.

Students study the elements of oral cultural comparison and prepare t-diagrams comparing their own community to a German-speaking community.

Students prepare a written cultural comparison of the students' community and a German-speaking region.

Students create oral presentations where they compare their own community with a German-speaking region with a thesis sentence and examples. They present these comparisons during their tutoring sessions.

Students record themselves delivering a two-minute oral presentation about this cultural comparison.

Grammar Practice in the Context of the Lessons:

Students complete exercises practicing the difference between ‘das’ and ‘dass’.

Students review and practice the use of the dative case.

Students review and practice the use of the genitive case.

Students review and practice German adjective endings.

Students review and practice the German subjunctive.

In addition to the practices above, individual students are directed to practice grammar issues with which they struggle.


Unit 1 - Families in Different Societies

Themes: Family Structure, Self-Image, Travel and Leisure, Economic Issues



Article Wie Familien in Deutschland leben, www.deutschland.de

Chart Familien in Deutschland, Bundesministerium für Familie 2017

Information on Elternzeit, http://familienportal.de

Chart Immer mehr Väter nehmen Elternzeit, statista.de

Article and Chart Väter und Elternzeit, Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Pressemitteilung 2019

Interview Video Elternzeit für Väter, http://dw.com/de/elternzeit-für-väter/l-42772713

May Ayim, Poem vatersuche

Scene from the Film Good-bye Lenin

Application for Elternzeit, www.briefwechsel.de

Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin, Ad Faszination Geschichte, Angebote für Familien, www.dhm.de

Chart and Article In jeder fünften Familie wird nie vorgelesen, de.statista.com/



Unit 2 - The Influence of Language and Culture on Identity

Themes: Personal and Public Identities, Beauty and Aesthetics, Contemporary Life, Science and Technology



Excerpt of novel ‘Goldelse’ by Eugenie Marlitt

Images Self-Portraits of Albrecht Dürer, Angelika Kauffmann, Max Liebermann, Franz Marc, Käthe Kollwitz, Quint Buchholz

Article Excerpt 1 Die Suche nach der eigenen Identität, Deutschlandfunk.de 4/2/2015

Poem sein oder nichtsein, May Ayim in: Weiter Gehen

Text on Street Sign May-Ayim-Ufer

Article Wie zeitgemäß sind Europas Denkmäler? Tagesschau.de 6/14/2020

Poster (1993) Dein Christus ein Jude

Article Excerpt 2 Die Suche nach der eigenen Identität, Deutschlandfunk.de 4/2/2015

Video Höchststand bei der Zuwanderung, Statistisches Bundesamt, Tagesschau 3/21/2016

Chart Sorgen bezüglich Zuwanderung, pollytix 2019

Video Faktencheck Migranten in Deutschland, Deutsche Welle 4/14/2020, dw.de

Text Sabines Erfahrungen als Immigrantin, 2020

Text Sprache ist der Schlüssel zur Integration, Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge, 6/14/2019

Chart Welche Sprache Zuwanderer zu Hause sprechen, zeit.de/wirtschaft/2015-08/zuwanderung-muttersprache-migranten

Audio Migranten und die deutsche Sprache, p.dw.com/p/15gg9


Unit 3 - Influences of Beauty and Art

Themes: Beauty and Aesthetics - Architecture, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Cultural Perspectives

Personal and Public Identities - National Identity, Stereotypes, Gender Identity

Contemporary Life - Current Events, Entertainment, Travel, Leisure



Video Excerpt (3:02) Warum Schönheit uns glücklich macht, funk.de, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpkzT-AeVZU

Images + Photos Hundertwasser Picture and Architecture

Video Hundertwasser, Deutsche Welle 2015, dw.de

Text Chronik Haus Hundertwasser, www.hundertwasserschule.de

Scenes from Movie Cleo

Text Cleo, Excerpt Filmheft Vison Kino, https://www.visionkino.de/fileadmin/user_upload/publikationen/FilmTipp_ZOOM/Viki-Filmtipp-ZOOM-Cleo.pdf

Text Ad Radarstation Teufelsberg, www.teufelsberg-berlin.de

Video UNESCO Nominierungsfilm Deutsche Theater- und Orchesterlandschaft, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18wx_gWZvPg

Text ‘Der Spitzel’, Scene from Bertolt Brecht ‘Furcht und Elend des Dritten Reiches’, 1938

Video Fake News, Tagesschau.de 2016

Chart Beruflicher Status der Bühnenbesucher, www.kulturmanagement.net

Video Rap gegen den IS, Tagesschau.de, 6/30/2015


Unit 4 – How Science and Technology Affect Our Lives

Themes: Science and Technology - Ethical Considerations, Transportation, Social Impacts; Global Challenges - Economic Issues, Geography;

Contemporary Life - Current Events, Social Customs and Values, Youth Culture



Audio Neue Medien – ja, aber nicht in der Schule? Deutsche Welle https://www.dw.com/de/neue-medien-ja-aber-nicht-in-der-schule/a-18085036Video

Digitalpakt, Tagesschau.de 2019

Video Schule zuhause, Tagesschau.de, March 2020

Text Jugend forscht,  http://jugend-forscht.de

Map of Germany with places taking part in the ‘Jugend forscht’ events, http://jugend-forscht.de

Video Jugend forscht Erklärfilm, http://jugend-forscht.de

Video Jugend forscht Bundeswettbewerb 2019, tagesschau.de

Video Klimafreundlich leben – Ein Familienexperiment, Hessischer Rundfunk December 2019, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FT-gdUhLdzg

Video Selbstgemachte Zahnpasta, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMaTU-v3Ye4

Article Polarstern Expedition Polarstern zurück aus dem Eis, tagesschau.de, 10/12/20

Chart Veränderung der PKW-Neuzulassungen nach Kraftstoff-Arten, Kraftfahrtbundesamt October 2020

Article Was bringen E-Autos? tagesschau.de, 06/24/19

Article Digitale Revolution - Die sieben wichtigsten Technologietrends der nächsten Monate, Handelsblatt 12/6/2020

Scene from movie ‘Das Leben der Anderen’, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kYNK5PjoZ0

Video Bundesarchiv übernimmt Stasi-Akten-Behörde, tagesschau.de, 11/19/2020

Article Alfred Nobel und die Erfindung des Dynamits, https://www.ndr.de/geschichte/Alfred-Nobel-und-die-Erfindung-des-Dynamits,alfrednobel104.html

Chart Digitalisierung kostet Arbeitsplätze, de.statista.com/infografik/8480/auswirkungen-der-digitalisierung-auf-den-arbeitsmarkt/

Email Ad Eine App für alles! Deutsche Bahn 12/9/2020

Article Digitalisiert besser durch die Krise, tagesschau.de 10/26/2020

Video Harald Lesch, Dürfen selbstfahrende Autos töten? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUnL7crKqk4

Article Autonomes Fahren: Digital entspannt in die Zukunft, ADAC.de, 11/20/2020

Chart Vor- und Nachteile autonomen Fahrens, d25d2506sfb94s.cloudfront.net/cumulus_uploads/inlineimage/2016-07-18/ chart_autonom_posinega.png

Video Michael Lauster im Interview zu technischer Autonomie, http://youtu.be/CWDDdTzJ0aE


Unit 5 – Factors That Impact the Quality of Life

Themes: Contemporary Life – Education and Career; Social Customs and Values; Current Events; Health and Well-Being

Global Challenges – Communication; Geography; Philosophical Thought and Religion

Science and Technology – Ethical Considerations; Health Care and Research; Personal Technology

Beauty and Aesthetics – Language and Literature, Cultural Perspectives



Poem Ich saz uf eime steine, Walther von der Vogelweide

Video Gut leben in Deutschland, Bundesregierung 2015, http:// www.gut-leben-in-deutschland.de

Excerpt Verständnis der Bundesregierung von Lebensqualität, Prinzipien der Sozialen Marktwirtschaft + Lebensqualität als Leitbegriff,  Report ‚Gut leben in Deutschland – Was uns wichtig ist‘, http:// www.gut-leben-in-deutschland.de

Excerpt Verständnis der Bundesregierung von Lebensqualität, Prioritäten wandeln sich, Report ‚Gut leben in Deutschland – Was uns wichtig ist‘, http:// www.gut-leben-in-deutschland.de

Excerpt Declaration of Independence (in German), http://usa.usembassy.de

Graphic Wichtige Faktoren für ein gutes Leben in Deutschland, www.gut-leben-in-deutschland.de

Video Glücksatlas 2020, Deutsche Post, www.dpdhl.de/gluecksatlas

Chart Lebenszufriedenheit und Gewissenhaftigkeit beim Einkauf, Glücksatlas 2020, Deutsche Post, www.dpdhl.de/gluecksatlas

Chart Verantwortung für Abschwächung der Folgen des Klimawandels, Glücksatlas 2020, Deutsche Post, www.dpdhl.de/gluecksatlas

Video Clip Klimafreundlich – Einleitung (00:41), Klimafreundlich leben – Ein Familienexperiment, Hessischer Rundfunk December 2019, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FT-gdUhLdzg

Video Clip Klimafreundlich – Paula (1:47), Klimafreundlich leben – Ein Familienexperiment, Hessischer Rundfunk December 2019, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FT-gdUhLdzg

Video ‘Wir sind hier’, Tagesthemen, tagesschau.de 3/15/2019

Text Erich Kästner, Pünktchen und Anton, Inhaltsangabe, https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pünktchen_und_Anton

Text Pünktchen und Anton, 1998 Film Inhaltsangabe, Filmernst-Begleitmaterial „Pünktchen und Anton“, https://www.yumpu.com/de/document/read/38594246/punktchen-und-anton-deutschland-1998-regie-filmernst

Video Pünktchen und Anton, U-Bahn Lied, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IA-H6Tn6nc8

Audio Text Altersarmut bei Frauen, tagesschau.de, 10/29/2019

Chart Tägliche Aktivitäten von Senioren, de.statista.com/statistik/daten/studie/729268/umfrage/ taegliche-aktivitaeten-von‐senioren-in-deutschland/

Video Loriot: Hermann & Beate ‐ Was machst du gerade? youtube.com/watch?v=ToEyauHWd9w

Text Excerpt Der Leseteufel, in: Siegfried Lenz, So zärtlich war Suleyken

Video Raul Krauthausen über Barrieren im Alltag, youtu.be/DDTp4PH8jUY

Video Excerpt (5:38) Interview mit Tan Çaglar, youtu.be/YITk5Wb7Gq8

Podcast Lehrerin in Bayern (1:34)

Chart Bildungsmobilität zwischen Eltern und Kindern 2016, in: Report ‚Gut leben in Deutschland Was uns wichtig ist‘, http:// www.gut-leben-in-deutschland.de

Chart Entwicklung der Lebenserwartung bei Geburt, in: Report ‚Gut leben in Deutschland – Was uns wichtig ist‘, http:// www.gut-leben-in-deutschland.de

Chart Länderdaten Lebenserwartung, https://www.laenderdaten.info/lebenserwartung.php

Chart Wann die Deutschen mehr Sport machen würden, de.statista.com/infografik/12719/wann-die-deutschen-mehr- sport-machen-wuerden/


Unit 6 – Environmental, Political, and Societal Challenges

Themes: Global Challenges – Environmental Issues; Geography; Philosophical Thought and Religion

Contemporary Life – Current Events

Science and Technology – Ethical Considerations; Social Impacts; Inventions and New Technology

Families and Communities – Community Service



Chart Die wichtigsten Probleme Deutschlands, Europäische Kommission, Eurobarometer Oktober 2020, also in: https://de.statista.com/statistik/daten/studie/2739/umfrage/ansicht-zu-den-wichtigsten-problemen-deutschlands/

Video Clip Klimafreundlich – Botschaft (2:31), in: Klimafreundlich leben – Ein Familienexperiment, Hessischer Rundfunk December 2019, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FT-gdUhLdzg

Chart Globale Temperatur-Anomalien, Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Chart Arbeitsunfähigkeitstage aufgrund von Hitze und Sonnenlicht, Quelle: Bundesregierung auf Anfrage der Linkspartei

Video Clip Klimaneutral leben (3:04) Erklärfilm Umweltbundesamt, http://umweltbundesamt.de/klimaneutral-leben

Article Angst vor der großen Inflation, tagesschau.de 05/14/2020

Article Inflation auf Vier-Jahres-Tief, tagesschau.de 01/06/2021

Video Clip Trailer Besuch der alten Dame, Staatstheater Cottbus, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o872rVgvxKI

Chart Bundeshaushalt 2020, Die Verteilung der Ausgaben, https://www.bundesregierung.de/breg-de/suche/bundeshaushalt-2020-beschlossen-1640494

Chart Aufkommen einzelner Steuern im Jahr 2015, https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steueraufkommen_(Deutschland)#/media/Datei:Steueraufkommen_2015.png

Chart Einnahmen und Ausgaben des deutschen Staates, https://de.statista.com/statistik/daten/studie/164032/umfrage/einnahmen-und-ausgaben-des-deutschen-staats/

Chart USA: Haushaltssaldo von 2001 bis 2019, https://de.statista.com/statistik/daten/studie/165796/umfrage/haushaltssaldo-der-usa/

Chart Städte wachsen – Dörfer schrumpfen, Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung

Video Vom Land in die Stadt, zdf.de TiVi Logo, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0YeRqdBWcM

Chart Wo würden Sie am liebsten wohnen?, https://business-user.de/team/digitale-zusammenarbeit-soll-deutschland-vor-landflucht-bewahren/

Audio Excerpt (3:42) Keine sozialen Medien? Tagesschau.de, Mal angenommen, https://www.tagesschau.de/multimedia/audio/podcast-mal-angenommen-social-media-101.html

Audio Excerpt (1:31) Keine sozialen Medien? Zusammenfassung, Tagesschau.de, Mal angenommen, https://www.tagesschau.de/multimedia/audio/podcast-mal-angenommen-social-media-101.html

Article Jugendliche bekommen oft Falschnachrichten, tagesschau.de, 12/9/2020

Video Verschwörungstheorien, tagesschau.de, 2018

Video Holocaust Gedenken, tagesschau.de, 01/27/2021

Article Excerpt Augenzeugen, die vorgeben, nichts gesehen zu haben, tagesschau.de, 01/27/2020

Video Stolpersteine, arte.de, 10/2019, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEscPMvANak


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