Minimum entry requirements
- Minimum age: 17
- German level: B2: Upper intermediate /
- Length of study: 4 weeks
- Lessons per week: 30
- Maximum class size: 12
- Typical student age: 18-40
Typical student mix:
71% European, 14% Far Eastern, 5% Middle Eastern, 10% North American
Dates and fees
- Start dates:
Tuition fees: 1045.00 EUR
- Our admin fee: 49 EUR
- Exam fee: 175.00 EUR
- Textbooks: 20.00 EUR
- Other expenses:
This German exam preparation course helps you build on the four fundamentals of language learning - listening, writing, reading and speaking. ‘Free’ class discussions, role-playing and conversation help develop verbal expression, vocabulary and good sentence structure.
Grammar is not studied in isolation; rather it is packed in informative and stimulating texts that provide valuable cultural, political and historical background. Some topics covered include: relationships, social life, jobs and labour, history of Berlin, cultural identity.
In the afternoon the focus is on preparation for the exam. In fact the afternoon classes are specifically designed to prepare you for the exam that you want to pass. The courses will "condition" you for your exam - they will not focus on new vocabulary or grammar, but on the specific format of the exam.
Our partner school ‘teaches in tandem’, with two teachers responsible for every class, and alternating at every break. That way students get to hear more than one voice and speaking style. The focus is on the following:
- Communicative approach with teachers encouraging students to speak as much as possible
- Teachers continuously correct students and encourage them to repeat and do better
- German is the only language spoken in class, from the first day onwards
All teachers are native speakers between 26 and 45 and have an academic background with degrees – for example – in German language and/or literature They all have recognised teacher training qualifications and most of them have been with GLS for many years.
The teachers have a reputation for being enthusiastic and give excellent communicative tuition which combines the function of a coach and a teacher.
Many of the school’s teachers have expertise in other fields (photography, journalism, business consultancy etc) which inspire their teaching and make them interesting people to talk to.
Teaching materials for the morning classes
Text books: studio d, Themen aktuell (levels A0 – A2), Aspekte, Mittelpunkt, em (levels B1, B2, C1),Oberstufenbuch (level C2) – GLS constantly monitor new publications and may employ additional text books that seem appropriate.
Hand-outs like newspaper articles, literature etc.
Multimedia-teaching with CDs, OHP, video and video camera
For self study students can borrow books and audio tapes from the library
Books for exam preparation
B1: Fit fürs Zertifikat Deutsch (Hueber), Prüfungstraining B1 (Cornelsen)
B2: Mit Erfolg zum Goethe Zertifikat B2 (Klett), Prüfungstraining B2 (Cornelsen)
C1: Mit Erfolg zum Goethe Zertifikat C1 (Klett), Prüfungstraining C1 (Cornelsen)
C2: Sample tests TestDaF: Fit für TestDaF (Hueber), Prüfungstraining TestDaF (Cornelsen)
The school offers 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. So activities are free. 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 GLS guides take you to Friedrichshain: a young and rather alternative district famous for its nightlife
There are also 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 GLS 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.