Welcome to the German Language School Society of Calgary.

We provide outstanding German language education to students of all ages and ability levels in Calgary, Alberta.

 

Founded in 1956, the school was once known as the Language School of the German Canadian Club of Calgary. Thousands of students have gone through the program, receiving credits in Alberta high school credit German courses (German 10, 20, and 30), achieving official recognition of German language proficiency with the Common European Framework of References for Languages, and going on to be certified with the German Sprachdiplom I and II.

The school offers programming from pre-school to Grade 12, along with evening and weekend adult courses from beginner to advanced levels.

We are a non-profit organization.

 

Thank you to all the volunteers and parents who made the school’s annual easter egg hunt (Osterfeier) and Bücherklatsch a success!

Financial support is received from organizations such as AGEC (Association for German Education in Calgary), SAHLA (Southern Alberta Heritage Language Association), GCAA (German Canadian Association of Alberta), as well as the German Government by way of grants.

In addition, the school benefits from donations from individuals and corporations. A big thank you to our donors for 2018/2019! Donations ranged from $250 to $500.


Thank you to Kristina and Matthew, for their generous donation to the school!

Matthew and Kristina Greenberg


SVR Laywers

Thank you to the law firm of SVR Lawyers for your generous donation to the school!


Dr. Henry Lam

Thank you to Dr. Henry Lam, of 8 West Dental Care, for your generous donation to the choir!


Aaron and Cara Janzen

Thank you to Cara and Aaron, for their generous donation to the school!


Benefits of Learning German

German is Relevant

English, French and German are the three official working languages of the European Union. In absolute numbers, German is the second most-spoken language on the continent of Europe. However, when it comes to native speakers, German is number one.

German is the sole official language in Germany, Austria, and Liechtenstein, and is a co-official language in Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, and the European Union. Several other countries, including Denmark, Hungary, Italy, and Poland, have German as a national minority language.

German ranks second as the most commonly used scientific language.

The demand for German books is the third largest in the world, after the Chinese and English publishing industries.

Germany is the seventh most visited country in the world, and the German-speaking regions of Europe form a scientific, engineering, economic, and cultural powerhouse.

German is Easier to Learn Than You Think

German and English share the same Germanic root. Consequently, there are many thousands of words which are closely related known as “cognates.” German uses the same Latin script as English, and there is no new alphabet to learn. The language is phonetic (unlike English, with its many exceptions), so once you know the rules of pronunciation, you can pronounce any word by reading it.

German is Fun

Donaudampfschiffahrtsgesellschaftskapitän is just fun to say. German has compound words that can be over 30 characters in length. The language has many great words that have no real equivalents in English, such as ZeitgeistSchadenfreude, and many more.

Knowing a Second Language is Good for Your Brain

Physiological studies have found that speaking two or more languages is a great asset to the cognitive process. The brains of bilingual people operate differently than single language speakers, and these differences offer several mental benefits.

The school has dedicated teachers, most of whom speak German as their first language, and our kids have already achieved their A2 certification in elementary school.

B. van den Berg