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Join us to learn German with the experts!

At a glance

  • Evening Class
  • Timetabled 18:00 - 20:00
  • 20 weeks: October to March
  • 2 hours taught time per week
  • Various levels
  • Fees from £210 to £395
  • Location: Imperial College, South Kensington Campus

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.

German Evening Classes Timetable
 18:00 - 20:00  18:00 - 20:00 -- 18:00 - 20:00
German Beginners [NOW FULL]
Silvia Fischer
German Beginners [NOW FULL]
Christine Lattek
  German Intermediate (merged)
Manya Elrick 
German Near Beginners
Christine Lattek
    German Lower Advanced
Manuela von Papen
CLCC 316
German Higher Intermediate
Manuela von Papen
Italian classes timetable

German course descriptions


German imageThis 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. This course is for absolute beginners.

The course aims to include the basic structures of German, for example the present and past tenses of the verb, some cases, prepositions, word order 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.

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

Please note both Beginners courses are now full

Near Beginners

German imageThis 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.

Students should have reached A1.1 (CEFR) or equivalent before starting this course.

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.

Intermediate (merged)

German imageThis Lower Intermediate / Intermediate level course will start with a general revision of core grammar (e.g. irregular verbs in present/past tense, cases/pronouns/adjectives, word order etc.) and then move on to topics and structures pertinent to A2 (CEFR). Additional grammar content/vocabulary practice will be personally tailored to individual student needs.

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

Higher Intermediate

German imageThis 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 and grammatical accuracy.

Students should have reached A2 (CEFR) or equivalent before starting this course.

The course covers a number of current issues in the German-speaking countries, as well as global topics such as culture, tourism or the environment.

In addition, a number of grammar aspects will be addressed. Extra video and audio resources will help improve listening skills.

By the end of the course, students should have reached approximately the standard B1 (CEFR) described in the Common European Framework.

Lower Advanced

German imageThe Lower Advanced 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.

Students should have reached B1 (CEFR) or equivalent before starting this course.

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

The topics examined include: education, the world of work and identity.

By the end of this course, students should have reached the B2 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

  • Willkommen! German Beginner’s Course (3rd edition, 2018, ISBN: 9781473672666)

German Near Beginners

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

German Intermediate (merged)

  • Willkommen 2 Coursebook (John Murray Learning, 2017, ISBN-10: 9781471805158, ISBN-13: 978-1471805158, ASIN: 1471805158)

German Higher Intermediate

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

German Lower Advanced

  • Erkundungen B2, Kompakt, mit CD, 162 Seiten, 2., veränd. Aufl. 2016 (Schubert Verlag, ISBN 978-3-941323-26-1)

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.

Contact details for course-level advice: Dr Felicitas Starr-Egger (German Coordinator), f.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.

Contact details for questions relating to your tutor's background or teaching qualifications: Dr Felicitas Starr-Egger (German Coordinator), f.starr-egger@imperial.ac.uk

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  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?

Contact details for questions regarding the content and teaching of our German courses: Dr Felicitas Starr-Egger (German Coordinator), f.starr-egger@imperial.ac.uk