German Classes Spring 2016 Open for Registration

Classes Starting Soon

I hope that you are enjoying this holiday break with your families and friends. Our teachers and staff are getting rejuvenated and will be ready to welcome you back on Saturday, January 16th. Speaking as a former teacher, as much as we love and need these breaks, we are excited to get back to the classroom in a little more than a couple of weeks!

New Event Planned

Building on our very successful Gingerbread House Auction at the end of the fall 2015 semester we are again planning another benefit event, this time around a wonderful German Easter-themed custom: decorating Easter eggs! It should be another great experience for everyone!


Registration for the spring 2016 semester is open now – all students must register, including those registered previously. Please go to to securely register online. If you have registered previously, you may fill in “on file” in all fields but name and email address, unless there has been a change, of course.

Happy New Year,
Dierk Seeburg
Director, German School Phoenix

Guest Speaker Julia Feller

On November 7th, 2015 German School Phoenix students and staff were pleased to welcome Julia Feller, recipient of a Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange scholarship to the school. The topic of Julia’s talk was her experience as an exchange student in the US and how life is different here from life in Germany. She also provided students with an overview of the German school system and how it compares to the US school system. For more information on the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange, visit .

Gingerbread House Auction

Phoenix Children's Hospital
Phoenix Children’s Hospital


Germany has a rich tradition of gingerbread house making and our very own local German School Phoenix wants to make some for you! Please join us at German School Phoenix, on Saturday, December 12th starting at 10:00am and watch these gingery houses come to life and benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital by bidding on a sweet treat of a house!


Come watch the students build their houses at three designated times. Houses will then be auctioned off, and proceeds will benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

  1. Gingerbread House construction 1: 10am – 11am;
    Auction 1: 11am – 12pm
  2. Gingerbread House construction 2: 12:15pm – 1:15pm;
    Auction 2: 1:15pm – 2:15pm
  3. Gingerbread House construction 3: 2:30pm – 3:30pm;
    Auction 3: 3:30pm – 4:30pm


Date: December 12
Time: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Cost: $0
Organizer: Dierk Seeburg, M.S., C.L.P.M.
Phone: 1-928-351-7338


German School Phoenix
2085 East Southern Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85282 United States

Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures offers donation to German School Phoenix for Oktoberfest Volunteers

Here’s an opportunity to have a great time at Oktoberfest and also help the German School Phoenix. The Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures, Inc., sponsor of the Oktoberfest in Peoria on October 3rd, has offered a $400 donation to the German School Phoenix in return for clean-up after the event.
Six or more volunteers are needed. Clean-up shouldn’t take longer than an hour since AC4GC will have a clean-up crew roaming the grounds during the event. Volunteers may want to bring gloves, but other supplies will be provided. Please contact the director of the German School Phoenix at if you would like to volunteer.
The 10th Annual Old World Oktoberfest will take place from noon until 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 3rd, at Peoria Centennial Plaza, 9875 North 85th Avenue in Peoria. For more information about the event, please visit – thank you.

Guest Speaker Series: Elke Colliat on the Pfalz

Many thanks to Elke Colliat, who gave an interesting presentation to the advanced and intermediate classes about her hometown in Germany, Neustadt an der Weinstraße in Rheinland-Pfalz. She discussed the typical foods and wines from that area, as well as examples of the dialect spoken there. Elke’s husband, George, is a student in the advanced class.

German School Phoenix Field Trip Spring 2015

IMG_2681Going to a real restaurant would be the best place to practice ordering food in German, so that’s exactly what German School Phoenix did on March 21st, 2015.  All classes were held at the Brat Haus on Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale instead of the regular classrooms at King of Glory Lutheran Church in Tempe. The weather was perfect for practicing conversation skills outdoors, and the day was topped off with delicious food and great German beer. Each class sat together with their teacher at one of the large outdoor picnic tables and reviewed food-related vocabulary as well as how to order in German. The Brat Haus also offers a selection of German beers, which prompted discussions about the different kinds of regional beers in Germany and the glasses typically used to serve each type of beer. For more pictures of the event go to our Photo Gallery.


For the Fall Semester 2014 the German School Phoenix is again offering German classes for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. If you or someone you know is interested in studying German in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, please register now!

Start Date: Sep. 6, 2014
Times: Intermediate: 10am-12pm, Beginner: 12pm-2pm, Advanced: 10am-12pm
Duration: 12 Saturdays, no class during the week of Halloween and Thanksgiving
Tuition: $150 for the entire semester, $140, if registered by Aug.10. Beats college fees, hands down.
Materials: Kontakte (6th ed.). Books available for loan or purchase.
Location: King of Glory Lutheran Church, 2085 E Southern Ave, Tempe, AZ 85282
Instructors: Dierk Seeburg, Arun Ryan, and TBD

Please register online at or send your information to german school phoenix at gmail dot com – we look forward to having you in class!

The German School Phoenix has been serving German language learners in the Valley of the Sun for over 18 years. The German School Phoenix has recently started offering a summer school program in conversational German. We look forward to seeing you in class!


Dear friend of the German School Phoenix,
We could use your help in distributing a job ad for an open position as a part-time German teacher at the German School Phoenix – please post in your network and beyond, thank you!
2 hrs/week, hourly compensation, $25/hr
Starting Date: Sep. 6, 2014
Hours: Saturdays, between 10am to 12pm or 12 pm to 2:00pm
The German School Phoenix is looking for a native/native-fluent German speaker to join the faculty of this well-established German language program. Emphasis will be on engaging adults of all ages in all aspects of German language and culture, all in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.
Applicants should have a college/university degree and some experience teaching adults or children.  A degree in German is desired, but not a requirement.  A background in teaching German as a second language is preferred.
The German School Phoenix has been serving German language learners in the Valley of the Sun for over 18 years.  The German School Phoenix has recently started offering a summer school program in conversational German.
Please apply online at or send your CV and a cover letter to recruiting @ german school phoenix dot org – we look forward to hearing from you!
Dierk Seeburg, M.S., C.L.P.M.
Director, German School Phoenix