In the Englisch lessons, students complete a placement test in order for them to work efficiently in a group corresponding to their level. We encourage the following abilities: oral and written expression, reading and listening comprehension as well as grammar. Using newspaper articles, they discuss and work on current affairs.
Course Description - German as a Foreign Language (DaF)
Students registered for one of our "German as a Foreign Language" courses always take a placement test at the beginning of the Salem Summer School. The test covers the contents of all three levels and usually confirms the course chosen. If the results of the test differ from the original choice, we rely on the expertise of our language teachers and reserve the right to place a student in a course corresponding to the test results.
This is a course for complete beginners with no, or very little, knowledge of the German language. To the extent possible, students will receive support in all four areas of competency (speaking, writing, reading, and listening comprehension). Lessons will also give due attention to vocabulary, grammar, and the region's culture and customs.
In the mid-level German classes we offer a combination of grammar topics, culture and customs, and role-playing conversation with a focus on increasing vocabulary. Our goal is to reach the European language level of A1-A2.
More specifically we will deal with modal verbs, separable verbs, present and past modal verbs, expressions of time, word order, comparatives, accusative and dative pronouns, as well as the most important connectors.
Conversational exercises will involve practice in self-presentation, expressing appreciation, and asking questions. These will be embedded in games, teamwork while exploring German customs, the creation of mind maps as a group project, a quiz and skills rally, as well as in learning contemporary German rap and hip-hop songs.
This class is directed above all at students who already have a high level of competency in speaking and oral comprehension, but still have difficulties with their written skills. Thus the course will focus on writing and reading in order to perfect an already high language level.
We will deal intensively with students' own texts and those of other writers, giving particular attention to word choice, text structure, and grammar.
Participants will have the opportunity to deal with different types of texts (e.g., news stories, fairy tales, short stories) and understand their characteristics. They will also write their own texts, analyze them, and revise them. Attention is centered on the student's own writing skills, supplemented by the analysis of published writings and their stylistic devices.
Prerequisite for enrollment is a diagnostic placement at the European language level A2-B1.
This course is designed especially for talented students with an interest in mathematics. In groups of three, students will learn to solve various problems which engineers deal with on daily basis.
This course is aimed at students who need to do some remedial work. In particular students from other school systems will become familiar with the content and expectations of the Baden-Wuerttemberg curriculum.
After taking a diagnostic test, students will be presented with the relevant areas of mathematics lessons, so that any deficits in this subject can be averted, in case of later enrollment at Schule Schloss Salem.
In Year 7 the curriculum generally deals with the following topics:
- linear equations and functions
- basic arithmetic operations with natural numbers
- solving equations with numerical operations
- algebraic operations with and without variables
- percentage calculations
In the Natural Science and Technics the students get an insight into different scientific processes: paper-making and working on the theme fire are just two examples.