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Information at a Glance

  • Evening Class
  • Various levels
  • Timetabled 18:00 - 20:00
  • 20 weeks: October to March
  • Fees from £210
  • Location: Imperial College, South Kensington Campus
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Timetable for German Classes
MondaysTuesdaysWednesdaysThursdays
 18:00 - 20:00  18:00 - 20:00 -- 18:00 - 20:00
German Beginners
Silvia Fischer
CLCC S309 (TBC)
German Beginners
Christine Lattek
SALC 6 (TBC)
  German Lower Intermediate
Manya Elrick 
SALC 8 (TBC)
German Near Beginners
Christine Lattek
SALC 1 (TBC)
    German Lower Advanced
Manuela von Papen
Room (TBC)
German Intermediate
Manya Elrick 
SALC 8 (TBC)
     
German Higher Intermediate
Manuela von Papen
SALC 4 (TBC)
     
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German course descriptions

Beginners

This Beginners course which focuses on both the spoken and written language 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. The language laboratory is also available for further individual study.

Near Beginners

This Near Beginners course aims to extend and consolidate the language skills of students who have followed a Beginners course at Imperial College or elsewhere but would like to revise the basics as well as boost their confidence.

Following a revision of the very basics, students will learn to talk about themselves and their homes in greater detail, to order food and drink in a café and/or restaurant, to describe their work environment, to ask for/give directions, to talk about sightseeing and holiday, to communicate in various shopping situations and talk about health.

The course will cover the following grammatical aspects: word order in moderately complex sentences, prepositions, perfect tense, simple past, cases, adjectives and the imperative.

By the end of the course, students should have reached the A1.2 standard described in the Common European Framework.

Lower Intermediate

This Lower Intermediate course aims to extend and consolidate the language skills of students who have followed a Beginners’ course here or elsewhere, enabling them to use a wider range of vocabulary and more complex grammatical structures and to learn more of the culture and customs of the German-speaking countries.

The focus will continue to be on both the spoken and the written language.

By the end of the course, students should have reached the A1+ standard of the Common European Framework (CEFR), allowing them to join the German credit programme at Level 2.

Intermediate

This Intermediate course introduces a wide variety of topics showing German society in a modern light.

Topics covered include family, food and drink, work, sport, education, culture and customs.

The course aims to help students acquire a wider range of vocabulary and more complex grammatical structures, including subordinate clauses, prepositions, indefinite and reflexive pronouns, passive voice, subjunctive and relative pronouns.

Higher Intermediate

This Higher Intermediate course aims to develop still further all four language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening), with particular emphasis on the development of oral proficiency. Students should have reached A/S or A-Level German or equivalent, e.g. A2/B1 (CEFR) before starting this course.

The course aims to provide a background to German studies through discussion in class of current issues in German-speaking countries.

Supplementary materials in the form of work sheets will be provided for practice and additional videos will cover topical issues.

By the end of the course, students should have reached approximately the standard B1+ (CEFR).

Lower Advanced

The course aims to improve your comprehension skills using written, audio and video material. It revises core grammatical structures and introduces complex features which are then practiced, both orally and in writing. Furthermore it will acquaint you with background knowledge and vocabulary on selected current social, cultural, scientific and technological developments as well as provide opportunities to develop and express personal points of view on these.

Basic linguistic structures will include: conjunctions, relative clauses, passive, comparisons, nouns/verbs/adjectives with prepositions, participles, indirect speech.

The topics we will examine include: languages, work and applications, science and future, history, art, health and fitness. The course also aims to provide a background to German studies through discussion in class of current issues in German-speaking countries.

By the end of this course, students should have reached the B2 standard described in the Common European Framework.

Course Information

Course programme

The course programme follows the details provided in the relevant level description above. Progress through the course and textbook will depend on the group dynamics of the class.

Students are advised not to buy any course books before the start of the course.

German Beginners

Willkommen! German Beginner’s Course (Hodder & Stoughton; 2nd edition, 2012, ISBN: 9781444165159)

German Near Beginners

Studio21 A1-2 (Hermann Funk, Christina Kuhn, Laura Nielsen, Kerstin Rische, ISBN: 978-3065205320, Cornelsen Verlag, 2013)

German Lower Intermediate

Studio21 A2-1 (Grundstufe A2: Teilband 1, Deutschbuch mit DVD-ROM, Paperback, Hermann Funk, Christina Kuhn, Cornelsen Verlag Gmbh, 2014, ISBN: 978-3065205870)

German Intermediate

Studio21 A2-2 (Grundstufe A2: Teilband 2 - Das Deutschbuch, Kurs- und Übungsbuch mit DVD-ROM, Hermann Funk (Editor), Cornelsen Verlag Gmbh, Januar 2015, ISBN: 978-3065205900

German Higher Intermediate

Aspekte neu B1 plus Mittelstufe Deutsch, Lehrbuch (Langenscheidt / Klett ISBN 978-3-12-605016-6)

German Lower Advanced

TBA at the first class

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 you wish to study 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.

If you are still unsure, please do contact the relevant language advisor(s) who will happily advise you on the correct level for you.

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.

Should you wish to receive further details on your tutor's background or teaching qualifications please contact the relevant language coordinator.

Course Fees and Rate Categories

HoursWeeksInternal rateAssociate rateStandard rate
 40  20 £210*   Standard fee: £230 £280*   Standard fee: £305 £360*   Standard fee: £395
*Early-bird fee valid 1 August - 30 September only | Prices quoted are per one whole two-term course
Term dates 1

 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 Friends of Imperial College 
  • Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council staff
  • Harrods staff
  • Historic Royal Palaces staff
  • Natural History Museum staff
  • Science Museum staff
  • 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
  • Local residents (SW3, SW5, SW7, SW10 and W8 postcodes only)

Standard rate

  • Applicable to all who do not qualify for the Internal or Associate Rate.

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 are able to join a course late do bear in mind there might be work you will need to catch up on.

Applicable terms & conditions

Please read the Evening Classes & Lunchtime Learning terms and conditions [pdf] before enrolling on any course.

Term Dates

HoursWeeksAutumn termSpring termSummer term
 40  20 14 Oct - 12 Dec 2019 (9 weeks)* 6 Jan - 19 Mar 2020 (11 weeks) n/a
* Followed by the Christmas break

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts 1 August

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

Although no credits are offered for this very part-time course, an attendance certificate is presented to students who attend at least 80% (16) of the taught classroom sessions.

Any Questions?

Questions regarding the content and teaching of this course should be addressed to the German Coordinator, Dr Felicitas Starr-Egger, f.starr-egger@imperial.ac.uk.