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Why German?

German Is Useful For Your Future

Did you know that Germany has been voted the most popular country in the world according to a BBC World poll conducted in 2013? Did you also know that Germany is the economic powerhouse in the European Union with a low unemployment rate of 5.4%? One million people moved to Germany from all over Europe in 2012 alone in search of economic opportunities and better lives. Also, are you aware that a study done by an MIT economist shows that those who study German will have $128,000 advantage in their salaries over 40 years as opposed to $51,000 for Spanish and $77,000 for French learners? Couple that with the fact that German is the most widely spoken mother tongue in Europe, there is no doubt that knowing German will help anyone who is interested in living and working in Europe. German classes at Cape Fear will help you get started, not only in acquiring the language, but also learning about German culture and customs.



You Already Use German

German and English are in the same Germanic language family and have a lot in common. They share many cognates such: school=Schule, name=Name, garden=Garten, bed=Bett, beer=Bier, have=Haben.  As Americans we also use many German words everyday: kindergarten, glitch, shlep, speil, deli, hamster, blitz, nosh.  Or perhaps once in a while: octoberfest, schadenfreude, gestalt, zeitgeist, gestalt, angst, kitsch, klatsch. Hence, German is a lot easier to understand and learn for English speakers than is commonly believed.



Learn German in a Fun Environment

In all German classes at CFCC, students will be fully immersed in German in a friendly and fun atmosphere. Students will learn to think and respond almost naturally in German when prompted by the instructor in German. During the first year, students will learn to understand and speak German in a rich environment, filled with cultural simulations and news of currents events from German speaking countries in all media format. The accompanying audio for listening comprehension in the co-requisite lab class will enhance the classroom experience with supplemental lessons in grammar. During the second year, students will take virtual trips to famous cities in the German speaking world, including Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, and Zurich among others, and learn about each city’s history in the larger context of German history. A comprehensive review of grammar will also supplement students’ learning experience at the second year level.

German speaking countries

German can be enormously fun and rewarding. You can find German at CFCC also on Facebook. Join us at CFCC and embark on an exciting virtual trip and learn all about the language and culture!

German in the CFCC Curriculum

Most students who take a foreign language at CFCC do so because the senior colleges they wish to transfer to, including UNCW, ECU, UNCG, UNCA, ASU, and UNC-CH, require the completion of some foreign language for graduation. The two most popular destinations for CFCC transfer students, UNCW and ECU, require 2-3 semesters and 2 full years respectively. Hence, students wishing to transfer to these schools are strongly encouraged to start with a foreign language during their first year at CFCC.

Other students take a foreign language at CFCC to count toward the Foreign Languages and Global Awareness component of the Associate in Arts degree. Still others take a foreign language because they would simply like to learn a foreign language and culture. Most foreign language courses can also be counted as electives in the AA, AS, and AFA degrees.

Visit the CFCC catalog for more information about how Foreign Language courses fit into the curriculum: CFCC Catalog.