German: improvers 1

Passmore Edwards Centre, Newton Abbot

Who is this course for?

This is an improvers course for anyone continuing to learn German or returning to learning German following a short or longer break.

It could be for you too if you are a beginner, with some knowledge of German.

“if you don’t continue to use it, you will lose it”

This course is also for you if you are looking for a mental challenge and a friendly, enjoyable and supportive environment in which to learn.

If you travel to German, Switzerland or Austria for business or fun, have German relatives or are part of a twinning association, then this course is for you too.

Learning a language has been proven to enhance mental wellbeing and prevent/lessen the effects of dementia. So why not give it a try.

Course content

You will be taught in a small, friendly and supportive group where you will have the opportunity to gain confidence and make new friends.

You will learn and practise useful language to enable you to buy goods in a variety of shops, to talk about daily routines and to travel around town.

You will learn vocabulary and phrases and the supporting grammar related to the above, such as transport, shops, how to ask questions, how to construct simple or more complex sentences in German.

You will have the opportunity to listen to authentic texts, read short articles, speak about yourself, ask questions and to write about yourself and what you do.

You will revisit/learn numbers, telling the time, finding your hotel, asking strangers for help.

You will practise your language in pairs in small groups as well as with the tutor and whole class.

A range of resources is used, including video clips, authentic listening material for comprehension and the internet.

Support and feedback

You will receive continual support and feedback from your tutor throughout the course and have opportunities to discuss and review your progress.

Progress is visible through your individual learning plan, which the tutor will set up with you at the beginning of the course.

Additional costs and requirements

Ideally learners will have some basic knowledge of German.

However, if you feel you are an absolute beginner, please ask to speak to the Tutor. We can integrate you safely into the course, as basics of German are part of the course when new topics are introduced.

It is not essential to have attended previous courses and there is no initial assessment.

There are no additional costs.

However, the tutor uses the course and activity book Willkommen 1 Beginners Course, Edition 3. You may wish to have your own copy, however copies of pages relevant to each session will be provided.

You might find it useful to have a good German/English dictionary, or to gain access to an online English/German dictionary.

If you can demonstrate that attending this course will improve your wellbeing, you may be eligible for a learner bursary. Eligibility is determined after a short interview with a member of our learning support team. You must be aged over 19 on 31st August 2018 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?


Effective language learning requires regular practise and reinforcement. You will be provided with short homework tasks to extend and consolidate the work done in the weekly session.

The tutor also encourages you to extend your independent learning by using other resources such as the internet.

About the tutor

Daphne Robins has been teaching German for Learn Devon since September 2009 and worked as a PA at Stover School for 8 years.  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 Bachelors’ 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, currently teaches English as a foreign language at an international language school in Sidmouth and is also a private tutor. 

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 gives 150% of herself in teaching German. Dedicated and patient she encourages me in every lesson. A truly superb tutor.”

Start date25 Sep 2019
End date04 Dec 2019
Start time10:00
End time12:00
Concessions not available