German: Improvers

The Mansion, Totnes

Who is this course for?

This is the next step for learners who have completed the previous Improvers German classes or have lower intermediate knowledge of German. This is an opportunity to practise and consolidate your language learning and build your confidence. If you have lived in a German speaking country, or previously done A Level German, this may be the place to come to keep your German speaking skills fresh and up-to-date.

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

Get to grips with German grammar and extend your vocabulary.

Course content

You will learn and practise useful language such as:

Describing items of personal appearance;

Saying what clothes you like or don’t like wearing;

Discussing appropriate clothes and gifts;

Offering help and advice;

Talking about past holidays;

Reporting weather conditions;

Discussing health;

Reporting on aches and pains;

Grammar: Adjectival endings 2, direct and indirect objects, personal pronouns in the dative, prepositions and places, modal verbs, “wenn” clauses.

Understand and take part in conversations

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 will complete an individual learning plan (ILP). There is initial assessment and a variety of activities to assess your progress throughout the course. There is 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 find a bi-lingual dictionary useful.

You may like to bring a drink or refreshments

Will I have to do anything outside of the session?

Yes, effective language learning requires regular practise and reinforcement. You’ll be provided with 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 date25 April 2018
End date20 June 2018
Start time19:00
End time21:00
Concessions not available