starting in September 2018


Small-group conversational language courses led by an experienced local tutor.
New students are welcome at all levels, subject to sufficient places being available.
All classes are ‘conversational’. The aim of every course is to teach people to speak the language. The proportion of conversation to ‘taught’ material increases with each level. Fluency not required - just the willingness to join in a conversation!


Wednesday mornings 10.45 - 12.00 (75 minutes)
Starting 19th September 2018
Autumn term £72 for 12 weeks

Designed for complete beginners, this course will teach you the basics of the language, concentrating on practical spoken German for simple situations. We will cover the basic polite phrases, simple sentence structures in the present tense and vocabulary for the topics covered.
Sample topics: Getting to know people, Eating out, Family Life, Shopping for food, Hotels.


Alternate Thursday mornings 10am – 12pm
Starting 20th September 2018
Autumn term £63 for 7 weeks

Lower-intermediate group suitable for people who are familiar with the basics of German. There will be a mixture of conversation using present and past tenses, and taught material (grammar, vocabulary, reading, listening). Plenty of varied activities, plus opportunities to find out about German and Austrian life.
Sample topics: Guten Appetit!, shopping for clothes, entertainment, directions, city life.


Alternate Thursday mornings 10am – 12pm
Starting 13th September 2018
Autumn term £63 for 7 weeks

An intermediate group suitable for anyone who has studied for a few years, but would like to speak and understand German more confidently, using a variety of tenses. Plenty of conversation, but we’ll also work on more advanced language structures and vocabulary. There will also be reading and listening, using authentic materials. Fluency not required - just the ability to join in a ‘free’ conversation.

NOTE: The two higher German levels are fortnightly: if you’d prefer to study weekly you can attend any two classes, as long as you can cope with the higher level. The cheaper class is charged at 50%.

Courses will continue for 3 terms until summer 2019, as long as there is sufficient demand. Class sizes are normally 6-10. These are leisure courses with no assessments, but there is always an element of effort involved in language learning. Basically you get out what you put in! I usually provide some work for students to do at home: either a written exercise or preparation for a conversation on a particular topic.
Beginners courses assume no prior knowledge of the language at all; for a higher level course, you can try before you commit - attend for two weeks to see if the course is right for you, before signing up for the whole term. Most students are learning for enjoyment and we take things at an easy pace to suit all ability levels. Unless stated, all you need to bring is enthusiasm for the language and a bilingual dictionary.

For more information or to enrol contact Caroline on 01530 270372, text 07813 952055 or email caroline_hakkinen(at)