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RSSAA - Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor

World Languages

Languages are taught at the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor with two goals – to develop a positive interest and attitude towards other cultures, and to develop a command of the individual language. Through learning another language a student learns to see the world from another viewpoint, and gains access to another perspective on the world. In the ninth grade students choose whether they will study German or Spanish for their High School years.

German

In the High School, students begin studying in ninth grade and work over the four high school years to develop and master the language. Students are evaluated upon entry to the High School and placed into the appropriate language class. Classes range from introductory German classes to advanced classes focusing on essay writing, cultural studies, and reading German literature. An international exchange program is administered through the High School, and a number of students every year take advantage of this excellent opportunity to reach fluency in his or her language of choice. Exchanges are currently taking place with Steiner schools in Austria, Switzerland, and Germany.

Teachers: Bettina Hoops, Britta Keener, Walburga Zahn

Spanish

In the High School, students begin studying in ninth grade and work over the four high school years to develop and master the language. Students are evaluated upon entry to the High School and placed into the appropriate language class. Classes range from introductory Spanish classes to advanced classes focusing on essay writing, cultural studies, and reading Spanish literature. An international exchange program is administered through the High School, and a number of students every year take advantage of this excellent opportunity to reach fluency in his or her language of choice. Exchanges are currently taking place with Steiner schools in Argentina.

Teachers: Melissa Ellsworth, Magaly D. Nagpal, Lisa Sanchez, Joanna Courteau

ESL

English as a Second Language is offered to international and exchange students to support their English skills. As the ESL classes are quite small, they focus on the specific needs of the students, from working on the foundations of the English language to expanding the students’ understanding of colloquial English and American culture.

Teachers:
Ashlea Walton and Gloria Mason