German: Beginners

Passmore Edwards Centre, Newton Abbot

Who is this course for?

*This course will run through the half term for a session on Thursday 15th February*

This is the next step for Beginners who have completed one or more Beginners courses in German, or for those who have some knowledge of German and who wish to continue building their knowledge. Learners will have the opportunity to extend and your practise their German. The course will enable learners to consolidate their language learning and build their confidence.

If you don’t continue to use it, you will lose it.

Learn basic grammar and add to your vocabulary.

Course content

You will learn and practise simple useful language such as:

Talk about family and free time and how often you do things.

Talk about eating and shopping, e.g. asking and giving prices

Talk about preferences.

Simple grammar, e.g. genders and articles, verbs in the present tense, verbs with vowel changes, possessive adjectives, plurals of nouns, the accusative case, the imperative

Understand and take part in short conversations.

Exchange information with others.

Learn about the language and culture of the country/countries

You will :

Practise and improve your listening, speaking and reading using authentic materials

Work individually, in pairs and in small groups, as well as with the tutor and the whole class

Use a range of resources including video clips, listening material for comprehension and the internet

Support and feedback

You’ll complete an individual learning plan (ILP). There is initial assessment and a variety of activities to assess your progress throughout the course. There’s discussion and written feedback with your tutor. This should be noted on your ILP.

Additional costs and requirements

At the start of the course your tutor will advise you of any course book that might be required. Please don’t purchase anything before the course.

You’ll need a pen, paper and a ring-binder for storing notes, hand-outs and homework

You may like to bring a drink or refreshments.

You may be eligible for a learner bursary if you can demonstrate that attending a course will improve your wellbeing. Eligibility is determined after a short interview with a member of our learning support team. You must be aged over 19 on 31st August 2017 and your household income below £15,276 to access this fund. Contact your local centre for more details.

Will I have to do anything outside of the session?

Yes. You will learn more effectively if you are able to practice and revise between the sessions. Your tutor will give you short homework tasks to help consolidate and extend the work done in the weekly session.

You will also be encouraged to make use of other resources such as internet websites for self-study activities.

About the tutor

• Daphne Robins has been teaching German for Learn Devon since September 2009. Daphne lived in Germany for 27 years, until April 2000, working for international companies as a PA, as she is bilingual in German and English. Daphne has dual citizenship in both Germany and Great Britain.
• Daphne has a Bachelor Degree in Education and Training from the University of Plymouth and a PGCE in Secondary Modern Foreign Languages. Daphne has recently been teaching German at secondary schools in Devon, English as a foreign language at an international language school in Sidmouth and ESOL as Learn Devon. Daphne also teaches privately, having supported students through GCSEs and A Levels in German.
• Daphne has a deep knowledge of German, German culture and everyday life in Germany. She is particularly skilled at introducing the intricacies of German to the novice learner. Her enthusiasm and specialist knowledge are just two of the many ingredients that make her lessons interesting and lively.
• “I simply love teaching. I am passionate about anything German, and particularly the language, and I really enjoy seeing learners progress through the stages of learning German, from complete Beginners through to Improvers. Learning a foreign language enables adults to engage with their native language, enhancing their literacy skills, as well as becoming more involved in the wider world community, for example, when travelling, or in twinning associations”.
• Quotes from learner
• “Learning German at Learn Devon has enabled me to not only book a table at a restaurant, but also to have the confidence to cancel the reservation again”.
• “I always thought German grammar would be so difficult, but Daphne has really helped me to make sense of it!”
• Daphne Robins, German and ESOL Tutor, Learn Devon

Start date11 Jan 2018
End date01 Mar 2018
Start time19:00
End time21:00
Concessions not available