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At a Glance

  • Live online course
  • Various levels
  • 2 hours a week
  • Timetabled 18:00 - 20:00
  • 5 or 10 weeks from April to June (depending on the course)
  • Imperial College attendance certificate (T&Cs apply)
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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.

The courses are taught online over 5 or 10 weeks (depending on the course) consisting of one 2-hour session each week.

German Evening Classes Timetable

MondaysTuesdaysThursdays
18:00 - 20:00 18:00 - 20:00 18:00 - 20:00
German Improvers (10 weeks)
Nadine Buchmann
Online course
Traveller's German (5 weeks)
Olia Jantscheva
Online course
German Beginners (10 weeks)
Manuela von Papen
Online course
German Improvers Plus (10 weeks)
Julia Doerfler
Online course
   
German classes timetable

Online Access to Course

This is a taught live online course which means you will be taught alongside other students on the course by a tutor at a specific time on a specific day of the week. To take part in the course you will need a suitably equipped and internet-enabled device. Please find full details and instructions below under 'Course Delivery'.

Attendance Certificate

Those who attend at least 80% of the course sessions will receive an attendance certificate from Imperial College London upon completion of the course.

Course Descriptions

Travellers' German

German image This 5-week course is designed to provide a short, basic introduction to GermanThe course can also be seen as a taster which could lead you to enrol on more in-depth classes in the language and as preparation for travelling to a German-speaking country.

Course Topics

On this course the following topics will be covered. Each topic will include basic vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar. During the sessions you will have the opportunity to practise each topic through pair and group activities.

  • Greetings and personal information;
  • Ordering food and drink;
  • Expressing likes and dislikes;
  • Shopping.

Course Objectives

At the end of the module students will be able to:

  • recognise and use very basic vocabulary, including the words for numbers and common objects and activities;
  • recognise and use very basic vocabulary and sentence constructions to exchange greetings and express likes and preferences;
  • recognise and use very basic vocabulary and phrases that might be helpful in shops, restaurants, cafes and other situations, and use very basic grammar to construct simple sentences and requests.

Beginners

German imageThis is a communicative 10-week 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. They will also  acquire the necessary basic vocabulary to deal with such situations.

The course aims to include the basic structures of German, for example verb forms. sentence structure, declension and cases. 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;
  • mastering shopping situations;
  • talking about and making appointments.

Improvers

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.

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.

Travellers' German

  • Textbook TBA

German Beginners

  • Panorama. Deutsch als Fremdsprache A1: Teilband 1, Kursbuch mit PagePlayer-App inkl. Audios, Videos und Übungen. Cornelsen, ISBN 978 3-06-120472-3
  • Panorama. Deutsch als Fremdsprache A1: Teilband 1, Übungsbuch DaF mit Audio-CD. Cornelsen, ISBN 978-3-06-120561-4

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 Delivery

All our online courses are taught live which means you will be taught alongside other students on the course by a tutor at a specific time. To take part in the course you must be able to attend the online session at the time stated for the course description.

All times stated are British Standard Time.

To take part you will need a computer, or laptop, or tablet computer, connected to the Internet. The device you use will also need to have a camera, microphone and speakers. Most devices now have these built in, but if not you might have to buy them from a computer shop and to connect them to your device.

Zoom

This course will use Zoom as its online delivery method. Zoom is very easy to use and you do not need to set up a Zoom account to use it. Near the date of your first online session you will be sent an email with a web address (or URL) that will allow you to access the course. This is called the Course Link. All you need do is click on the Course Link in the email and you will be asked to enter your name. This is the name that will be seen by your tutor and other students in the class.

Once you have entered your name you might be asked to enter a password to enter the class. The password will be included in the email sent to you. Once you enter the password you will either be taken directly into the class, or asked to wait in a virtual waiting room until the tutor is ready to let you into the class.

We have also produced a Handy Guide to Zoom [pdf] which gives you basic information on how to use it.

All courses lasting two hours have a 10 minute break in the middle.  For one hour courses there is no break.

Course Fees and Rate Categories

The following applies to INTRODUCTION TO GERMAN only:

HoursWeeksStandard RateInternal RateAssociate Rate
10  5  £105 £60 £80
All fee rates quoted are for the whole course     Please note there is no early-bird discount available for the April intake courses

 

The following applies to GERMAN IMPROVERS and IMPROVERS PLUS only:

HoursWeeksStandard RateInternal RateAssociate Rate
20  10  £205 £120 £160
All fee rates quoted are for the whole course     Please note there is no early-bird discount available for the April intake courses

 

Rate 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 should email 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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Members of the London Zoological Society
  • Members of the Kennel Club

Late enrolment

It is possible to enrol on many CLCC Evening Class and Lunchtime Learning programmes after the course has started. For non-language courses this is subject entirely to agreement by the tutor. For language courses it is subject to agreement by the language Coordinator conducting level assessment. 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 Terms and Conditions [pdf] before enrolling on any course.

Term Dates

The following applies to INTRODUCTION TO GERMAN only:

HoursWeeksAutumn termSpring termSummer term
 10  5 n/a n/a w/c 26 Apr - w/e 28 May 2021 (5 weeks)

The following applies to GERMAN IMPROVERS and IMPROVERS PLUS only:

HoursWeeksAutumn termSpring termSummer term
 20  10 n/a n/a w/c 26 Apr - w/e 4 Jul 2021 (10 weeks)

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts 1 March 2021

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

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
  • Questions about your enrolment and payment should be sent to the Programme Administrator, eveningclass@imperial.ac.uk