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Foreign Language Programs

The Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center has an extensive collection of German language books and manuscripts as well as Pennsylvania German art and artifacts. We offer guided tours, family and homeschool German classes and workshops, and school tours related to the German Language.

German and Latin Lessons 2018/2019

Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced German and Latin classes will be offered again from September through May for homeschoolers between 8 and 16 years old. Our calendar is based on the local academic calendar, but children may start our program at any time in the academic year.

Students in German learn vocabulary and some listening, speaking, reading, and writing in German. Latin students learn vocabulary, reading, and writing. Beginning students learn language skills through activities such as crossword puzzles, search-a-word puzzles, scrabble, other games, music, and art projects. Intermediate and advanced students use textbooks as well as some puzzles and games.

These are group lessons made up of children with various skill levels. Lessons are held on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:30 to 11:30 am and from 1:30 to 2:30 pm. Students may attend from one to four lessons per week. The cost of each lesson (1 hour) is $10. Monthly and semester rates are available. For additional information and registration, contact Allen Viehmeyer, 215-679-3103 or email,

December, 2018: 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21
January, 2019: 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30
February, 2019: 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27
March, 2019: 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29
April, 2019: 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26
May, 2019: 1, 3, 8, 10, 22, 24, 29, 31

School Programs

Foreign Language Students

Tour the Heritage Center with a German-speaking guide. Learn about the Schwenkfelders and other German immigrants. Go behind the scenes for a special tour of our archive. As part of your visit, we'll arrange a German meal at a local restaurant. Foreign Language Standards: 1.1, 1.2, 3.1, 3.2, 4.2, 5.2 Contact Museum Educator, Alyssa McQuirns for information.

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