Guest Speaker Schedule Announced

The German School Phoenix is pleased to announce that special guest speakers will be visiting the beginner, intermediate and advanced classes during the fall 2014 semester. The first visit will take place on September 20th, with two more guest speakers in October and another four in November. Here is the list of speakers and the dates for their visits:

  • September 20th – Dr. Jerry Wood, the former director of the former Deutsch Amerikanisher National Kongress (DANK) school
  • October 11th – Dr. Wolfgang Klien, the Austrian Honorary Consul
  • October 18th – Dr. Sara Lee, the premier German ASU scholar on bilingual education
  • November 1st – Dr. Helge Jordan, the German Honorary Consul
  • November 8th – Christine Colley, the organizer of the Phoenix Oktoberfest
  • November 15th – Dieter Bollmann, the president of the AZ Center for Germanic Cultures
  • November 22nd – Ingeborg Mack, the organizer of the Phoenix German Weihnachtsgottesdienst


On Saturday, September 13th, Dierk Seeburg, Director of the German School Phoenix, announced to a gathering of students from all classes that a new scholarship had been established. The scholarship is made possible through support from the Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures (AC4GC), and is named in honor of Merle & Helen Pipho, the founders and current administrators of the school who supported and nurtured it since its beginning in 1995.

Scholarship recipients will be selected by the German School Phoenix teachers and management based on student scholastic ability, leadership, and service. The initial award ceremony will take place on the last day of classes for the fall 2014 semester, December 6th.

Why Learn German?

Why do it? Why spend time studying German instead of watching TV or just chilling out? Why is learning German important? Some answers might be obvious, but if you do what people do now with important questions – ask Google – these are some of the reasons you’ll find:

  • Business Advantage – Being bilingual can give a job applicant a competitive edge in an increasingly global economy.
  • Brain Exercise – Studies show learning another language enhances listening skills, boosts creativity, improves memory, and can even stave off Alzheimer’s and dementia for some people.
  • Enhance Travel – Learning German can help make the most of travels not only in German-speaking countries, but also in many other countries where German is widely spoken.
  • Language Proficiency – Focusing on the structures of another language can help you better understand your own language.
  • Meet People – Not only can you meet people when you travel and experience their culture, but you meet classmates and share the language learning experience.

There are many excellent reasons to learn German, and there are at least three excellent reasons to learn German at German School Phoenix:

  • Atmosphere – The teachers at German School Phoenix are warm, friendly and encouraging.
  • Quality – Though the class atmosphere is relaxed, the instructional standards are high.
  • Value – German School Phoenix provides the most “bang for the buck” of the options I explored while searching for a German class.

So come join us and have some fun learning German at German School Phoenix!


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
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