German for holidays

Passmore Edwards Centre, Newton Abbot

Who is this course for?

You are going on holiday to Germany and you want to ask for a hotel room, a train ticket or a drink in a café.

What do you do?

This is the course is for you!

The course provides you with a few phrases to enable you ask for a drink or food in a restaurant, to ask for information about a train, or to ask for directions.

This is a course for anyone who wants to begin learning German or has already attended German courses. You may also be returning to learning German following a short or longer break.

It could be for you too if you are an absolute beginner, with no knowledge of German or you already have some knowledge of German.

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.

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

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 and phrases to enable you to ask for a hotel room, food or drink in a restaurant, buying a train or bus ticket, or simply asking for directions.

You will learn vocabulary and phrases and the supporting grammar relating to travel, food and drink, directions and hotels and how to construct simple sentences in German.

You will have the opportunity to listen to authentic texts, read short written texts, ask questions and to speak in German.

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

Additional costs and requirements

There is no initial assessment.

No previous experience is required.

There are no additional costs.

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 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 date23 June 2020
End date21 July 2020
Start time14:00
End time16:00
Concessions not available