German: improvers 3

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.

Imagine you are visiting Germany, Austria or Switzerland and you want to find your way around, talk about houses and homes and about what you have done in the. This is the course is for you!

This course offers you the opportunity to learn or extend your German to cope in everyday situations when travelling in a German speaking country.

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 continue to practise to describe activities and events in the past and useful language to enable you to describe houses and homes in different countries.

You will learn vocabulary and phrases and the supporting grammar related to the above, such as describing homes, towns, giving opinions, giving preferences, writing letters, choosing hotels, how to ask questions, how to construct simple and more complex sentences in German in the present and past tenses.

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

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.

By the end of the course you will able to talk about events in the past and describe your town and home, becoming more confident in speaking, listening, reading and writing German.

You will have extended your vocabulary to describe your home, deciding on a hotel and giving preferences about town or countryside including adjectives, tenses and opinions.

You will have unravelled some of the complexities of German grammar and gained a greater understanding of word order in German, using adjectives as comparatives and superlatives.

You will be able to understand further aspects of culture and festivals in German speaking countries and be able to use some colloquial expressions.

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 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.

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

Your tutor will be Daphne Robins. Daphne started working for Learn Devon in 2009 and teaches various German and ESOL courses in Newton Abbot and Exmouth. Before joining us, Daphne was a PA at Stover School, and prior to that a PA in Germany where she lived for 27 years and worked in international companies. She is totally bilingual in German and English with dual citizenship in both Germany and Great Britain.

When Daphne is not in the classroom, she enjoys gardening, walking her dog and catching up on reading in German and English and watching German and English films.

Daphne has a BA in Education and Training from the University of Plymouth and a PGCE in Secondary Modern Foreign Languages. Daphne has taught German at secondary schools in Devon and Somerset and currently teaches ESOL and German at Learn Devon and TESOL at Sidmouth International School in Sidmouth.

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. This skill translates into her understanding the difficulties learners might have learning English and her ESOL lessons, which benefit from Daphne having lived in Germany and having travelled for extended periods to numerous countries (Syria, Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, India, Thailand, Mexico, Belize).

Her enthusiasm and specialist knowledge are just two of the many ingredients that make her lessons interesting, engaging and lively. She is passionate about helping learners progress and achieve their goals. Her priority is to make sure learners have an enjoyable and pleasant learning experience and that they always have the support they need available to them.

Start date22 April 2020
End date08 July 2020
Start time10:00
End time12:00
Concessions not available