When we can communicate in another's language, we've removed a barrier to understanding.
GERMAN I IS A YEAR-LONG COURSE FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 7-12.
German I will introduce the student to the basics of German grammar and vocabulary. Not only do more citizens of the EU speak German than any other language, but for centuries, German has been one of the key languages of academic scholarship, particularly in the fields of science, theology, and literature. In addition to vocabulary drills and exercises, students develop a foundation in German grammar and gain further insight into English grammar as well. Real German texts, such as the Luther Bible, fairy tales, and contemporary, popular music, familiarize students with German culture and literary history. German I is available in Live Online format.
The Veritas Approach to Modern Foreign Languages
The old joke asks, “What do you call someone who speaks three languages?” Trilingual. “Someone who speaks two?” Bilingual. “And what do you call someone who speaks only one?” American.
The joke works because it pokes fun at a deficiency in American education. Many believe there’s no use, no benefit, to learning more languages than one—English. Veritas aims to dispel that notion and retire the crack’s humor. Those who receive a Veritas education will never be the butt of that joke.
Students study a modern foreign language (MFL) for different reasons.
All these reasons are valid; all have their place.
The world’s home to about 7,000 languages. Like any education that teaches modern foreign languages, Veritas has to be selective. We currently offer courses in four key languages: Spanish, French, German, and Mandarin.
Each has a rich history. Each will be useful for years to come. German, French, and Spanish are “founding languages” of the modern West. Mandarin hails from China, and about a billion call it their native tongue.
Regardless of why someone learns an MFL, doing so enriches both the student and the world. Learning another people’s language is learning something about them. And learning about them can lead to better communication and greater understanding.
We recommend students study MFLs after they’ve had Latin and, hopefully, some Greek. Consequently, most Veritas students are taking MFLs in their high school years.
Veritas wants to equip students to exchange ideas with others. When we can communicate in another’s language, we’ve removed a barrier to understanding. If we can do that, we may be able to make the world a little more peaceful place. And that aim is nothing to laugh at.