What to expect when you learn German in Berlin or Munich

Hallo! Willkommen. We’re assuming you’re here because you’re ready to learn German. Or maybe you can already speak German and want to brush up on your language skills a bit.

Either way, a German language holiday is a great chance to immerse yourself in the language and progress to the next step.

But how can you know if studying German in Germany is the right way for you to learn? It’s perfectly normal to think this and we imagine you have a lot of questions. Will we only learn the grammar? Won’t there be too many people in the lesson for me to practise? What if I don’t understand anything?

Well fear not! We spoke to Nico who works for our German language schools in both Berlin and Munich and he told us what you can expect when you learn German in Germany.

What do students do during a typical language lesson?

We use a variety of activities to teach German and to make sure the 4 core language skills are covered – reading, listening, writing and speaking.

So this could mean working with the book (reading), watching videos (listening), practising dialogues in pairs or groups (speaking), tasks and games to use the new vocabulary, and much more.

What learning techniques seem to help students learn the most?

Through many years of teaching, we have found that repetition and active participation with help of communicative methods (group work, pair work, mind maps, discussions, games, etc) are the best ways to activate vocabulary and help it stick in the student’s brain.

So what’s the breakdown of classroom techniques in your school?

I would say probably about 50% teacher to students, 15% solo work, 15% pair work, 20% group work.

We try to keep the focus on communication but this can vary according to the language level and group dynamic in the class.

German language students drinking beer in Munich beer garden

As a language teacher, what are some of your preferred class activities?

I’ve always loved activities that involve a mixture of playing and learning; group games, role plays, but also natural communication through free speaking practice and presentations with mutual feedback.

The key is repetition and frequency. I would also suggest listening to German music while reading the lyrics, watching German movies with German subtitles, reading easy literature and writing, writing, writing!

How much can students expect to learn in a week?

It really does depend and we always recommend staying longer than a week but we usually focus on one topic per week, which includes approximately 40 verbs and 100 words in total.

What are some of the extra cultural activities your school offers to help people explore your city and meet other students?

We always aim to combine fun, socialising and education.

The school offers 3 – 4 guided activities per week, including museums, exhibitions, city events and group activities such as billiards, bowling, karaoke, etc.

This German language school offers a range of courses and durations in the centre of Berlin and Munich. Click the links to see their full range of courses in each destination.

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