Sunday, July 05, 2020

Language School




Saturday’s at 9:00 a.m to 11:30 a.m
at the Immanuel Christian School
849 Rossland Rd. W, Oshawa


Registration Form

send by email or mail or,
In person at school: Sept. 11th, 2010
Saturday from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m

School Start:

September 11th, 2010




German for Beginners - Adult Course:

The German Language School Loreley has now the opportunity to start up an adult class.  

This course is designed for those with no previous knowledge of German and will provide a comprehensive language education using a modern international language curriculum. We will cover authentic pronunciation, reading, writing, listening and speaking embedded with grammar and cultural awareness of today’s reality in German speaking countries. You will gain basic conversational skills to communicate with confidence during travelling or various social life situations.

Start of Course: October 16, 2010

Classes for Children (Heritage program): zz10266638.jpg


Learn German - Have fun!

Children at beginner or advanced level are taught in accordance to their age group. Beginners are accepted at any age.

Kids Classes:

Level 1 for students of JK, SK and Grade 1

Develop basic literacy by integrating play, music, crafts, including listening and speaking skills. Students are introduced to reading and writing. Children do not need previous exposure to German. We prefer students starting in SK age.

Level 2 and 3 for students of Grade 2 to Grade 4 / 5

Split level for students starting at this age or building on German learned in previous courses.
Students work in groups in accordance to their level 2 or 3. Correct spelling and grammar lead to further development of conversational, reading and writing skills.

Level 4 and 5 for students of Grade 5 / 6 to Grade 8

Split level for students building on German learned in previous courses and advancing to level 4 or 5. This class offers a comprehensive education in German language development with emphasise on communication skills and cultural awareness.

German Language Diploma

Advanced students will be prepared for a test of conversational skills in oral and written communication, reading and listening comprehension. We offer the preparation for the A2 certificate, which is offered by the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of Germany.


The following tuition fees apply for the 2010/11 school year.

Adult Class:

$275 for 25 school days (2.5 hours)

Children Classes (Level 1 to 5):

  • Eldest child $200
  • Second child $180
  • Third and each additional child $160

There is an additional registration fee of $10 per child for each new family

Language Diploma Students:

An extra charge of $50 per student applies.

The German Language School makes any effort to raise donations in order to support families with low income.

Tuition Fees are not tax deductible but only donations will be responded with an official receipt.

Charitable Org Reg # 81166 6940 RR001


Collectively summarized, based on a report by Margret Staeger – founding member of the School.

The mission of the German Language School Loreley (GLS Loreley) is to offer students of the community of Durham Region an opportunity to attend comprehensive German language lessons and develop conversational skills embedded with cultural awareness. Students of any background without previous language knowledge can enrol but student age is currently limited from Kindergarten to Grade 8, there is some provision for students until Grade 12 to enrol.

The German Language School was founded more than 50 years ago. There have been many difficult times in the past. We should be thankful to all the teachers, parents, and students for helping the school during 50 years of history. The professional success of many of our former students demonstrates the importance of our contribution to their development.

After World War II and the terrible destruction of Europe, many immigrants coming to Canada were signed by hardship of the past and tried to find a better life in the new country. Immigrants coming from the German speaking parts of Europe settled also in Oshawa. When they had children, the wish came about to have their children educated in their native language as well as preserving the traditional and cultural values. In May 1955 the Club Loreley in Oshawa was founded. Soon people were hearing in Toronto the children have a German School. The members of the Club Loreley knew now that was exactly what they wanted.

In 1960 on a hot summer's day in the Ukrainian Hall (Bloor / Simcoe St) 35 determined adults, willing to use any means possible established the German Language School in Oshawa but still many things had to be organized until lessons could start. The German Consulate Toronto provided the textbooks and the Oshawa Board of Education allowed to rent out basement rooms of the old King Street School for a small price. In September 1960 started the school with 43 students and 2 teachers.

Already in winter 1961 the school moved to the newly built Club building on Dean Ave.The number of students enrolled grew to 71. Therefore 3 classrooms had been required. Even the Club's kitchen and storage rooms had been improvised to accommodate classrooms.

In 1978 the Board of Education approved the outlines of the German Classes and curriculum of classes was now recognized as per general standards. Growing student enrolment to 115 in 1984 made it necessary for the school to move to the Central Collegiate Institute. For the first time students and teachers could enjoy real classrooms. In 1989 the heritage language program was enhanced by credit classes 10, 11 and OAC.

In 2005 the GLS Loreley was registered as a not for profit charitable organization and has since operated independently at the new location of the Immanuel Christian School in Oshawa. The GLS Loreley continuously improves the quality of teaching, instructors attend regular professional development and continuous education activities. We rely heavily on volunteers to maintain and improve the school and its operations. The school is associated with Canadian Association of German Language School and receives some funding from the German Consulate Toronto. Student registration fees and donations mostly fund the school. Cultural events are part of the curriculum to underline German traditions and awareness such as Christmas, Carnivals and Year End Party

Let's all hope that the German Language School will continue to serve the citizens of Durham for a long time, to keep the German Heritage alive.


Christine Dejan
(905) 576 9065


2010/2011 Children's School Year Schedule
Saturdays from 9:00 a.m to 11:30 a.m
at the Immanuel Christian School
849 Rossland Rd. W, Oshawa
(905) 576 9065

School dates: Special events, or no classes:
Sept. 11,18,25
Registration and start of school: Sept 11th
Oct. 2,16,23,30
No school, Thanksgiving: Oct. 9th
Nov. 6,13,20
No school on: Nov. 27th
Dec. 4

Christmas Party: Sun. Dec 12th

No school - Christmas break: Dec. 11, 18th
Jan. 8,15,22,29
No school - Christmas break: Jan 1st
Feb. 5,12,19,26
Mar. 5,12,26
No school - March Break: Mar. 19th
Apr. 2,9,16,30
No school - Easter: Apr. 23rd
May 7,14

Last day of school & year-end party: May 14th