German: beginners 3

Kennaway Centre, Exmouth

Who is this course for?

This beginners’ course is for anyone continuing to learn German, returning to learning following a break or for an absolute beginner, with no knowledge of German.

You could be looking for a mental challenge within a friendly, enjoyable and supportive learning environment. Learning a language has been proven to enhance mental wellbeing and prevent/lessen the effects of dementia.

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.

So why not give it a try.

Course content

The course is taught in a small, friendly 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 talk about yourself and find your way around town through learning

Vocabulary, phrases and the supporting grammar relating to town, shops, work and study, how to ask for directions and how to construct simple sentences in German.

There will be the opportunity to listen to authentic texts, read short written texts, speak about yourself, ask questions and write about yourself and what you do.

You will learn or revisit numbers and extend these to over 100. You will also learn to ask for directions.

Language practise is in pairs, small groups and the whole

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 be more confident when introducing yourself and asking questions in German. You will be able to talk about work, study, ask for and give directions in a town in a German speaking country.

You will have learnt vocabulary around towns, work and study and some more colloquial phrases. You will be able to use numbers to a billion and know how to make an emergency call in Germany.

You will have learnt some basic German grammar.

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

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

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

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 19 or over on 31st August 2019 and your household income below £16.009.50 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 learning by using other resources such as the internet.

About the tutor

Daphne Robins has been teaching German for Learn Devon since September 2009. She lived in Germany for 27 years, where she worked as a PA for international companies. She is totally bilingual in German and English with dual citizenship in both Germany and Great Britain.

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 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. Her enthusiasm and specialist knowledge are just two of the many ingredients that make her lessons interesting, engaging and lively.

“I simply love teaching. I am passionate about anything German, particularly the language, and I really enjoy seeing learners progress through the stages of learning German. 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 learners:

“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”.

Start date15 Jan 2020
End date25 Mar 2020
Start time14:00
End time16:00
Concessions not available