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Information at a Glance

  • Evening Class
  • Various levels
  • Timetabled 18:00 - 20:00
  • 10 weeks: May to July
  • 2 or 4 hours weekly online taught time across 1 or 2 sessions (depending on the course)
  • Fees from £67/£134 to £117/£230
  • Online course
  • German Improvers Plus still enrolling
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Learning a new language, or continuing studying one, 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 online over 10 weeks consisting of two* 2-hour sessions each week.

German Evening Classes Timetable

Mondays & ThursdaysTuesdaysWednesdays
 18:00 - 20:00  18:00 - 20:00  18:00 - 20:00
German Beginners
Manuela von Papen
Online course
German Improvers*
Nadine Buchmann
Online course
German Improvers Plus*
Manya Elrick
Online course
German classes timetable

* ONE 2-hour session each week for Improvers and Improvers Plus only

German course descriptions


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

Focusing mainly on the spoken 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, order food and drink, discuss their 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 declension of nouns and pronouns, cases and tenses. Throughout the course the approach is a communicative one, using interaction as a tool to practice and consolidate what they have learned. 

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 about 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;
  • talking about food and drink, including ordering food in a restaurant;
  • describing the way;
  • mastering shopping situations;
  • talking about past events;

Technical requirements

The course will be delivered via Microsoft Teams (part of Office 365 or available to download for free). In order to “join” a session, participants will receive an “invitation” to their designated email address.

Participants will need access to a microphone (built in or separate). Headphones generally improve the sound quality and tend to reduce distortion and echo significantly.

The course book is available as an e-book too.



German imageThis 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.


Improvers Plus

German imageThis practical course aims to build on the students’ existing knowledge. It is assumed that the participants will have completed a course either at Imperial or elsewhere up to Intermediate level. We will revise and consolidate grammar skills and build on existing speaking/conversation skills. The emphasis will be on greater vocabulary acquisition and idiomatic language usage. Extra video and audio resources will improve listening comprehension skills.

Topics such as culture, tourism, work environment, society and social customs will be explored, accompanied by vocabulary/expression lists, associated grammar and speaking practice. At the end of the module the students will be able to speak more confidently and use their German more accurately and in a wider range of situations.

The course rests on three main strands – listening, speaking and interaction using innovative methods such as challenge play, enabling learning to happen both inside and outside the virtual classroom.

Before each class, the students will be sent the topic of the day (either a text or a short film/audio), during the first 30mins, we will go through the topic’s new vocabulary and contextual usage, we will then formally address the grammar associated with the unit. After this, the emphasis is on greater interaction between course participants, using quizzes and games.

To aid those who are unable to take part every session, all participants will be given access to challenge play, which is completed either in class or in their own time, with performance indicators for each participant. This feeds back performance metrics to the students and to the course teacher.

Equipment needed for the course

Microsoft Teams and apps available via Microsoft Teams (Quizlet/Stream). Written and illustrated instructions will be provided on how to access the course, how to participate in quizzes/challenge games and how to access Stream.

Proposed syllabus (subject to minor modification)

SESSION 1. Vom Land in die Stadt, city vs. country life, comparisons between Britain and Germany. Vocabulary field: internet access, moving home, neighbours, commute. Video: a short extract from a contemporary German TV show. Grammar: modal verbs in past tense, sentence structures, idiomatic usage. Student interaction: Grammar quizzes. Speaking practice. Challenge game: applied contextual vocabulary.

SESSION 2. Leben in Deutschland. Vocabulary field: family, relationships, life in Germany. Sentence structures with adverbs of time/place. Video: an extract from a contemporary German TV show, vocabulary of stereotypes. Student interaction: vocabulary quiz; speaking practice. Challenge play: reading comprehension, synonyms and comparisons.

SESSION 3. Ein schoenes Land. Typisch deutsch? Vocabulary field: perceptions and trends. How to respond to statements and discuss ideas. Grammar: forming adjectives, question tags welcher/wer.  Contextual vocabulary. Student interaction: Grammar quizzes, speaking practice: beschreiben/definieren. Challenge play: Marzipan/Stollen/Wurst.

SESSION 4. Kultur erleben. Vocabulary field: culture, visits to the theatre. Theaterbesuch organisieren. Grammar: speaking about the past, referring to habitual action/one-time events. Video: an extract of a recorded theatre performance in Germany. Student interaction: vocabulary/synonyms quiz. Speaking practice: Was wollen wir unternehmen? Challenge game: Hobbies, contextual vocabulary.

SESSION 5. Kulturelle Interessen. Vocabulary field: Literature/museums. Differences in spoken and written language. Subordinate clauses with als, simple past tense, difference between German and English usage. Student interaction: grammar quizzes, speaking practice: your cultural awareness. Challenge game: Museumsbesuch ganz entspannt, online.

SESSION 6. Arbeitswelten. Vocabulary field: applying for jobs, CVs. Lebenslauf, Ueber Berufsbiografien sprechen. Grammar: sentences with denn/weil. Giving reasons for your actions. Student interaction: Grammar quizzes. Audio: following up on a job application. Speaking practice: Arbeitsroutine. Challenge game: Job ads.

Session 7. Stellenanzeigen verstehen, telefonieren, Hoeflichkeit, Bewerbung. Vocabulary field: professional life. How to be polite in German. Grammar: use of werden, introducing haette/koennte, nominalised expressions in German (lesen/das Lesen). Audio: a telephone conversation. Student interaction: contextual expressions quizzes, idiomatic word usage. Challenge game: Qualifikationen.

SESSION 8. Emotionen ausdruecken, einen Film zusammenfassen. Vocabulary field: how to describe and summarise things. Grammar: indefinite pronouns, genitive. Grammar quizzes. Video: an extract from a contemporary German film. Student interaction: phrases/expressions quiz. Speaking practice. Challenge game: Blindheit/Gehoerloesigkeit.

SESSION 9. Ueber Erfindungen sprechen. Vocabulary field: science and discovery. Grammar: sentences with um… zu/damit. Produkte und Erfindungen. Vorgaenge beschreiben. Grammar quiz. Video: extract from a contemporary German TV


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

  • Panorama: Kursbuch A1 (Gesamtband), published by Cornelsen Verlag GmbH, ISBN 10: 3061204822 / ISBN 13: 9783061204822
  • Panorama: Uebungsbuch A1 mit Audio-CDs DaF, published by Cornelsen Verlag GmbH, ISBN 10: 3061205608 / ISBN 13: 9783061205607

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.

German Improvers Plus

  • Materials will be provided by the tutor

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  £230
Details for German Beginnersonly: TWO SESSIONS PER WEEK
Term dates 1
HoursWeeksStandard RateInternal RateAssociate Rate
20  10  £117
Details for German Improvers and German Improvers Plus onlyONE 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 w/c 11 May - w/c 20 Jul 2020 (10 weeks)
Details for German Beginners only
HoursWeeksAutumn termSpring termSummer term
 20  10 n/a n/a w/c 11 May - w/c 13 Jul 2020 (10 weeks)
Details for German Improvers and German Improvers Plus only

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts 1 March

Enrolment and payment run through the Imperial College eStore. Please click on the blue booking link on the relevant course page noting below instructions:

  • Our rate categories are explained on the course page and your applicable rate 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 are sent
What is sentWhen is it sentWhat does it contain
1. Payment confirmation Instantaneously following submission of your online application
  • Confirms payment, payment date, order number and course title
  • Should not be treated as a course-enrolment confirmation which is only sent later
2. Enrolment confirmation Sent in due course but likely not before the end of March. Please treat your payment confirmation as confirmation that your applicant details and payment have been received
  • Re-onfirms your course choice
  • Shows your course's 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 online 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