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Join us to learn German with the experts!

At a glance

  • Evening Class
  • Various levels
  • Timetabled 18:00 - 20:00
  • 10 weeks: April to June
  • 2 or 4 hours taught time across 1 or 2 sessions per week (depending on the course)
  • Fees from £115/£230 to £200/£395
  • Location: Imperial College, South Kensington Campus
  • BOOK FROM 1 MARCH
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Learning a new language is one of the most rewarding activities you can do. Not only does it open up new possibilities for travel and employment, but it can lead to new insights into cultures from all over the world.

Learning a language is enjoyable too, with new friendships formed at our classes bringing together people from a wide variety of backgrounds with a shared interest in the language you are studying.

With our expert tutors on hand to guide you, you will soon find yourself developing new language skills that will open up a world of possibilities.

Each course is taught over 10 weeks with students attending two* evening sessions each week.

German Evening Classes Timetable

Mondays & ThursdaysTuesdays
 18:00 - 20:00  18:00 - 20:00
German Beginners
Manuela von Papen
Room TBA
German Improvers*
Nadine Buchmann
Room TBA
German classes timetable

* ONCE per week for German Improvers only

German course descriptions

Beginners

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This is an intensive communicative course for absolute beginners giving an introduction to the everyday language spoken in Germany and Austria.

Focusing both on the spoken and written language, the course aims to equip students with the skills needed for everyday situations in a German-speaking environment. Students will, for example, learn how to introduce themselves and others, shop for and order food and drink, make travel arrangements, discuss the daily routine, ask questions and express opinions, and will acquire a good basic vocabulary.

The course aims to include the basic structures of German, for example the present and past tenses of the verb and the declension of nouns and pronouns. Throughout the course the approach is a communicative one, using role play, interviews etc., so that students can practise and consolidate what they have learned. Our Centre’s language laboratory is also available for further individual study.

By the end of the course, students will be able to cope in a number of practical situations, such as:

  • introducing and giving simple information on oneself or someone else;
  • talking about one’s daily routine, one’s family, and one’s leisure activities;
  • expressing preferences;
  • talking about where you and others live;
  • ordering food in a restaurant;
  • booking a hotel room;
  • describing the way

Improvers

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This communicative course is for students who have some basic knowledge of German that is equivalent to level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference, have completed our Beginners course, or equivalent learning experience.

The course aims to further develop the students’ skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in a range of predictable situations, consolidate previously learned grammar structures and vocabulary as well as introduce new topics, structures and lexis. The course materials will also broaden the students’ understanding of the culture and daily life in the countries where the language is spoken. The focus of the class activities is on improving the communicative skills through role-plays, discussions and practical tasks.

Following a revision of basic structures, students will be introduced to a range of more complex ones, including the subordinate clauses, reflexives as well as cases such as the dative and genitive. Additional focus will be on personal pronouns, word order, indirect questions and modal verbs.

By the end of the eight weeks students will be able to:

  • talk about events and personal experiences in the past
  • talk about family, relations and friends
  • arrange travel and accommodation
  • be able to order food and drink in a restaurant
  • express an opinion and assumption
  • express emotions
  • talk about hobbies and interests
  • give reasons
  • analyse and talk about simple graphs

By the end of the course, students are expected to have completed the A2.1 standard described in the Common European Framework.

Course Information

Course Materials

Students are advised not to buy any course books before the start of the course. Progress through the course and textbook will depend on the group dynamics of the class. 

German Beginners

  • The course will be based on the book Willkommen! 1 German Beginner’s Coursebook (Hodder & Stoughton; 3rd edition, 2018, ISBN-13: 978-1473672659), supplemented by additional materials.

German Improvers

  • The course will be based on the book studio21 A2-1 (Grundstufe A2: Teilband 1, Deutschbuch mit DVD-ROM, Paperback, Hermann Funk, Christina Kuhn, Cornelsen Verlag Gmbh, July 2014, ISBN-10: 3065205874, ISBN-13: 978-3065205870), supplemented by additional materials.

Level advice

Choosing the right language level is very important and we aim to make the process of deciding which is the right course level for you as simple as possible.

If you are a complete beginner you should, of course, enrol on a Beginner's course.

If you have some experience in the language please first review our course descriptions to try to identify the course level which should be most suitable for you. Especially if you are out of practice in a language or have been out of formal education for a while please be reasonably sure and realistic about your level of proficiency prior to proceeding with enrolment.

For course-level advice please contact our German Coordinator: Dr Felicitas Starr-Eggerf.starr-egger@imperial.ac.uk

Your Tutor

All tutors on our language programmes are native speakers with a great deal of experience in teaching languages to beginners and the more advanced. Tutor contact details are provided in the programme pack which will be emailed to you just prior to the start of term.

For any questions relating to your tutor's background or teaching qualifications please contact our German Coordinator: Dr Felicitas Starr-Eggerf.starr-egger@imperial.ac.uk

Course Fees and Rate Categories

HoursWeeksStandard RateInternal RateAssociate Rate
40  10  £395
£230
£305
These are the details for the German Beginners course: TWO SESSIONS PER WEEK
Term dates 1
HoursWeeksStandard RateInternal RateAssociate Rate
20  10  £200
£115
£155
These are the details for the German Improvers course: ONE SESSION PER WEEK
Term dates 1

Fee Categories and Discounts

Standard Rate

  • Applicable to all except those who fall under the Internal Rate or Associate Rate category, respectively.

Internal Rate

  • Applies to current Imperial College students and staff (incl. Imperial NHS Trust, Imperial Innovations, ancillary & service staff employed on long-term contracts at Imperial College by third-party contractors).
  • Current Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication (CLCC) staff, current CLCC PhD students, Science Communication (Sci Comm) postgraduate students, and students enrolled on an Imperial College 'Language for Science' degree programme should email evening eveningclass@imperial.ac.uk before completing the online enrolment form.

Associate Rate

  • Students (non-Imperial College)
  • Alumni of Imperial College and predecessor colleges and institutes
  • City & Guilds College Association members
  • Members of the Friends of Imperial College
  • Francis Crick Institute staff, researchers and students
  • Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council staff
  • Harrods staff
  • Historic Royal Palaces staff
  • Natural History Museum staff
  • Science Museum staff
  • South London Botanical Institute Members
  • Victoria and Albert Museum staff
  • Royal Geographical Society staff
  • Royal College of Art and Royal College of Music tutors and other staff
  • Santander Bank staff (Imperial College Walkway branch only)
  • Austrian Cultural Forum staff
  • Staff of Exhibition Road Cultural Group (Discover South Kensington) organisations
  • Lycee Charles de Gaulle staff
  • Tutors and other staff of other universities and higher education institutions
  • Tutors and other staff of institution members of the Association of Colleges
  • Residents of postcodes SW3, SW5, SW7, SW10 and W8
  • Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Members of the South London Botanical Institute (SLBI)

Late enrolment

It is possible to enrol on many CLCC Evening Class and Lunchtime Learning programmes after the course has started, subject entirely to agreement by the tutor delivering the course. If you want to join a course late do bear in mind there might be work you will need to catch up on, particularly in language courses.

Applicable terms & conditions

Please read the  before enrolling on any course.

Term Dates

HoursWeeksAutumn termSpring termSummer term
 40  10 n/a n/a 27 Apr - 6 Jul 2020 (10 weeks)
These are the details for the German Beginners course
HoursWeeksAutumn termSpring termSummer term
 20  10 n/a n/a 27 Apr - 6 Jul 2020 (10 weeks)
These are the details for the German Improvers course

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts 1 March

Enrolment & payment are through the Imperial College eStore. Please use above booking link noting below instructions:

  • Our rate categories are explained on this page and your applicable category must be selected on the eStore
  • First-time eStore users please create an account by entering an email address and password. These credentials should also be used for future bookings. Imperial College users please note the eStore is not a single-signon College system
  • The booking process involves entering payment details before your course choice and applicant details are queried on an in-built questionnnaire which completes the process
  • The following email notifications will be sent
What is sentWhen is it sentWhat does it contain
1. Payment confirmation Instantaneously following submission of your online application
  • Confirms your payment, date of payment and order number
  • Should not be treated as a course-enrolment receipt and therefore does not show your course however these details are sent to us via the system
2. Enrolment confirmation Sent in due course but likely not before the end of September. Please treat your payment confirmation as confirmation that your applicant details and payment have been received
  • Confirms your course choice
  • Shows the programme your course is part of as well as the term dates
  • Confirms your course' day of the week & time
3. Programme information Usually sent Friday late afternoon the week before term starts
  • Contains further course details incl. classroom location and teacher contact information
  • Provides further general programme details
If you need further help with the above information please ring 020 7594 8756

Certificate of Attendance

Our adult education evening and daytime classes do not offer academic credits, but we do offer an attendance certificate to those learners who attend at least 80% of the taught classroom sessions. Eligible learners receive their certificate by email after the end of the course.

Any Questions?

For any questions regarding course content, delivery and materials please contact our German Coordinator: Dr Felicitas Starr-Eggerf.starr-egger@imperial.ac.uk