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German Texans Heritage Society

Address: 
507 East 10th Street
Austin , TX , 78701
Phone: (512) 467-4569
30° 16' 12.3708" N, 97° 44' 10.9932" W
Contact name: 
Manuela Markley - PROGRAM DIRECTOR & SOCIAL MEDIA
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Located in the heart of the Red River Cultural District you will find one of Austin’s best kept secrets, a historical building and terraced gardens. The German Free School was built in 1857 and today is Austin’s 3rd oldest building. After having served as German based school for about 30 years in the mid-1800s, today it comprises the headquarters of the German-Texan Heritage Society (GTHS). GTHS is a nonprofit organization committed to the preservation of the history and heritage of German-Texans with an eye towards present day German culture and language. It is known for its festivals and programs. Per the Austin Chronicle 2018 - “the German-Texan Heritage Society certainly brings the most authentic Oktoberfest game in town”. Want to learn more German words? GTHS can help. We offer German language programs for both adults and children based on worldwide recognized standards set by the Goethe-Institut, Germany’s cultural institute. Join us for OKTOBERFEST in the fall and get to know its Little Sister, MAIFEST, in the spring. Come back in winter and enjoy some Glühwein and real German holiday cheer at our - CHRISTMAS MARKET. All events are held on the grounds of our historical German Free School. Wander back in time and experience live music, food, and Gemütlichkeit in our beautiful gardens. Gemütlichkeit, you ask? It’s a German word used to describe a state of belonging, warmth, and friendliness.

-Looking for some fun inspired by Texas German past and present? Look no further. The German-Texan Heritage Society (GTHS) located in the heart of the Red River Cultural District offers the most authentic German events in the Austin area. Yearound. Join us for OKTOBERFEST in the fall and get to know its Little Sister, MAIFEST, in the spring.  Come back in winter and enjoy some Glühwein and real German holiday cheer at our - CHRISTMAS MARKET. All events are held on the grounds of our historical German Free School. Wander back in time and experience live music, food, and Gemütlichkeit in our beautiful gardens. Gemütlichkeit, you ask? It’s a German word used to describe a state of belonging, warmth, and friendliness. Want to learn more German words? GTHS can help. We offer German language programs for both adults and children based on worldwide recognized standards set by the Goethe-Institut, Germany’s cultural institute.

- Looking for Summer Camps for you little ones ages 3-13 years of age? We offer three camps during the summer starting in June, July and August.

- We know offer homeschool classes as well as online classes for German Language.

- Want to know more about who we are and what we do? Visit our website at www.germantexans.org or come visit us in person at 507 E. 10th Street in downtown Austin, every Wednesday and Thursday from 11am-4pm (closed on holidays).

Open hours: 
Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 12:00 pm-3:00 pm
Thursday: 12:00 pm-3:00 pm
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
We offer beginning, intermediate and advanced German Language lessons for ages 3 – 5 (who are potty trained) up to 13 years of age. Our native German teachers playfully teach your children through arts and crafts, simple lessons, guided play & more.

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Title Description Cost
German-Texan Heritage Society, Austin, TX: German Language Classes
PUBLISHED

Classes generally meet once per week for an hour and a half. Courses at GTHS are aligned to the levels of proficiency, FitA1 – C2, as described by the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). Courses are offered during a 16-Week Fall and Spring semester. Due to cover-19 we will offer shorter classes. We offer Homeschool and Kinder classes. Our Kinder Advanced classes (ages 8 – 14) are for children who can already read and write in their native language. These courses require an amount of time outside of class as homework is assigned weekly. Following the completion of Kinder – Advanced, interested participants who keep up with coursework and participate in class are prepared for the Fit in Deutsch A1 Goethe Institute exam for teens. The courses follow chapter 1 – 6 of Logisch! neu – A1 course book and workbook in the Fall and chapters 7 – 12 in the Spring. No worries, your teacher will give you all the details. Note that the texts required for the course are not included in the tuition. Please order your (2) books online. Descriptions are under the registration links.

Academic - General
Late Elementary School
Middle School
High School
Adults
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