Minimum entry requirements
- Minimum age: 18
- German level: C1: Advanced /
- Length of study: From 2 weeks
- Lessons per week: 30
- Maximum class size: 12
- Typical student age: 22-55
Typical student mix:
71% European, 14% Far Eastern, 5% Middle Eastern, 10% North American
Dates and fees
- Course starts eachMon
Tuition fees: From 1310.00 EUR
Tuition length options
- Our admin fee: 49 EUR
- Other expenses:
Our partner school in Berlin is certified by IH (International House) and offers both courses that prepare students for the IH Certificate for Teaching German as a Foreign Language (IHC German) as well as a shorter two week course that allows students to study some of the IHC modules.
These courses are specifically aimed at non native teachers of German who are keen to fine-tune their German and update themselves on recently published specialised literature and the great variety of materials designed for teaching German. Visits to educational institutions in Berlin can also be arranged.
One of the key objectives is to offer teachers of German professional support and give like minded people the opportunity to exchange information on the development and new uses of German in the world of education.
Students are encouraged to join in discussions and debate regarding the current cultural, political, social and economic situations in Germany as part of the overall programme.
Students have the option to take either the four week IH (International House) Certificate for Teaching German as a Foreign Language (IHC German) course or the shorter two week course that allows students to study some of the IHC modules.
IH Certificate Course
The IHC Teaching German as a Foreign Language course is a 4 week programme and is available to applicants who speak German on a native-speaker level (i.e. advanced C2).
The IH Certificate is equivalent / similar to the CELTA certificate in teaching English and enables those holding it to teach German as a foreign language in the private sector in Germany and abroad.
Two Week Course
The shorter two week course offers non native speakers a customised teacher training programme, that requires knowledge of German on level B2/C1 level
Teacher Training Topics
- Organisational skills: Lesson planning, classroom management, social interaction, teacher- and learner talking time
- Teaching skills: Communicative teaching, presentation-practice-production, test-teach-test, guided discovery of language
- Student focus: Improving reading, listening, writing, pronouncing skills
- Materials: course books, extra material, recycling materials, smart boards and blended learning
Students who successfully complete the two week teacher training course receive a school certificate documenting your participation in a teacher training course containing IH-certified modules.
Students on the longer four week course are awarded the IHC German certificate (equivalent to the UK CELTA).
- One-to-one: 20, 30 or 40 lessons à 45 minutes per week | all levels | start every Monday
- Private mini-group: Bring up to 5 friends or colleagues on the same level and split the cost | 20, 30 or 40 lessons per week
- Combination of group plus one-to-one: 30 or 40 lessons per week = 20 group lessons (max. 12 participants) + 10 or 20 individual lessons. The group lessons offer General German training and the individual lessons Business German.
The school offers students a daily activity programme to complement and enhance your language studies. Each week there is a list of activities available, posted in the student common room. Some activities are free for others there is a small charge.
Activities include such things as a boat trip around Museum Island or a bike tour along the Berlin wall.
At night school guides take you to Friedrichshain: a young and rather alternative district famous for its nightlife
There are also optional trips on offer to see "Kunstwerke", one of the best addresses for independent art in all of Europe - the cafe there has good cakes! Your author of this masterpiece has eaten far too many cakes at this wonderful cafe and is now on a diet!!
At the week end the school gives you the opportunity to go on full day excursions (extra cost), with a school guide to places such as Potsdam, or to Sachsenhausen, a former concentration camp. Every second week the school arranges excursions to places further away like Dresden, Hamburg or Leipzig.