German for Beginners

Are you interested in finding out more about German culture? Do you enjoy holidaying in Germany or German speaking countries, and want to learn the language? Do you have family or friends who live there? This course is perfect if you have little or no previous knowledge of the language.

By the end of the course, you will be able to communicate with sympathetic native speakers, ask for and understand information using basic phrases and be able to express opinions in a variety of everyday tourist situations.

You will have the opportunity to develop your conversational skills around a theme each week, e.g. food, travel, restaurants and cafés, as well as focusing on your listening, reading and writing skills in German.

The January course is for continuing students. Those who joined us for the September term or those who already have good basic German knowledge. Please contact us if you are unsure if this is the class for you.

Unfortunately, these classes have now finished, please register your details and we will inform you as soon as more classes become available.

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What topics are covered?

You will continue to work with lots of the below themes whilst adding in new topics

Greetings, titles and introductions


Talking about family and personal possessions

Asking for and giving directions

Making enquiries about places and things

Booking hotel accommodation

Ordering a snack and a drink

Ordering a three-course meal in a restaurant

Making a complaint in a restaurant/hotel

Shopping (quantities and prices)


Describing an illness

Talking about leisure interests

Buying tickets

Saying how you are feeling and describing symptoms

Describing people and what they look like

Describing a property

Expressing your opinion and making comparisons

Asking the way and following directions

Talking about holiday plans and the weather

and many others

How will I learn?

As communication is the main objective of this course, students work in pairs or groups to practise speaking and listening. Recorded material, such as CDs and authentic listening texts/videos will also be regularly used to improve listening skills. Understanding written French will be based on everyday items such as notices, leaflets and signs. French will be the medium of instruction as far as possible.  There is no formal testing, but homework will be given each week.

What do I need to bring?

Notepad/paper and a pen.

You are of course welcome to bring bottled water or filled travel mugs with you should you wish.

Any additional costs

This class may use a textbook which you would need to buy separately.

More details of this to come

What else do I need to know?

No prior knowledge of the language is assumed. This course is suitable for students who have never studied German before or who studied the language years ago and want to go back to the basics.

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