German Courses

Our German courses comprise the following components:

  • Communication
  • Speech / pronunciation
  • Listening comprehension
  • Reading comprehension
  • Writing skills
  • Vocabulary and grammar
  • Regional studies of Germany and Europe
  • Exam preparation at levels B1, B2 and C1

On your first course day at IfS School our teachers conduct a grading test to be able to assign you to the correct level. For an initial evaluation of your language ability before your arrival at IfS we recommend you the online grammar-oriented language test of Spotlight. This test can, however, only serve as an initial estimate of your language ability.
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Our courses are aligned with > the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Course overview

Our course descriptions provide an overview of the requirements and contents of our courses.

> Integration courses
> Basic course A1
> Basic course A2

> Intermediate course B1

> Intermediate course B1+

> Intermediate course B2

> Advanced course C1

> Advanced course C2

> TestDaF Crash course

Integration courses

Are you an immigrant to Germany and anxious to learn German? Our integration courses combine German instruction and orientation in Germany.

The full range of integration courses covers 700 to 1000 teaching units and ends with an examination called „DTZ - Deutsch-Test für Zuwanderer“ and a test from the orientation course (Test "Leben in Deutschland"). The individual integration courses are composed of basic and extension courses, each of 100 teaching units. The orientation course (1000 teaching units) is completed at the beginning.

According to immigration law, integration courses are subsidised by federal funds so that the participation fees are usually only 1,95 € per teaching unit. You may, moreover, apply for fee exemption if you draw unemployment benefits I or II.

We will find the right level for you using our grading test. Please contact us to find out more,  no obligation!

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Basic course A1

* 200 teaching units (8 weeks)

For: beginners with no prior knowledge

Prerequisites: mastery of the Latin alphabet

The „Basic course A1“ is aimed at participants with no prior knowledge of German who are, however, familiar with the Latin alphabet. By the end of the course you will be able to understand familiar, everyday expressions and simple sentences and be able to make yourself understood in a simple manner when conversation partners speak slowly and clearly and are prepared to help you.

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Basic course A2

* 200 teaching units (8 weeks)

For: beginners with prior knowledge

Prerequisites: successful completion of level A1 or comparable language ability (IfS grading for A2)

By the end of the course you will be able to understand commonly used sentences and expressions and be able to make yourself understood in simple situations related to everyday life, e.g. personal information (where you come from, your education or work) and family, shopping, the immmediate environment, describing things and such like.

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Intermediate course B1

* 200 teaching units (8 weeks)

For: lower intermediates with solid foundational knowledge

Prerequisites: successful completion of level A2 or comparable language ability (IfS grading for B1)

By the end of the course, you will be able to understand the most important details of many areas of life (such as work, school, family, leisure). You will be able to express yourself simply and coherently on familiar themes and areas of personal interest (for instance about personal experiences, events, dreams, hopes, goals) and substantiate your views.

The B1 language course includes examination preparation for telc B1 / Zertifikat Deutsch.

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Intermediate course B1+

* 100 teaching units (4 weeks)

For: intermediates with almost independent language use

Prerequisites: successful completion of level B1 or comparable language ability (IfS grading for B1.2)

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Intermediate course B2

* 240 teaching units (12 weeks)

For: upper intermediates with independent language use

Prerequisites: „Zertifikat Deutsch“ or comparable language ability (IfS grading for B2)

By the end of the course you will be able to express yourself spontaneously and clearly in everyday situations and be understood. You will be able to express your opinion on advantages and disadvantages, understand the main information and less important details of complex texts as well as write simple personal and official letters.

The B2 language course includes examination preparation for telc B2 / Goethe B2.

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Advanced course C1

* 240 teaching units (12 weeks)

For: advanced students with proficient language skills

Prerequisites: successful completion of level B2 or comparable language ability (IfS grading for C1)

The C1 intensive course is aimed in particular at participants who wish to write the TestDaF or DSH examination. In the C1 course, you will be prepared in specialised units focused on the requirements of these language proficiency exams for admission to higher education.

By the end of the course you will be able to participate in conversations and discussions, understand even rapidly spoken language, express your opinion with sophistication, understand long, complicated texts in detail and summarise them orally or in writing. We will gladly advise you if you wish to write the Test DaF or DSH exmaination on conclusion of the course.

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Advanced Course C2

* 160 teaching units (8 weeks)

For: advanced students who wish to bring their German competence up to or maintain it at the highest level of mastery.

Prerequisite: successful completion of a C1 course or comparable language ability (IfS grading for C2 level).

The C2 intensive course is particularly aimed at participants who want to improve and extend their German competence further at a high level. If you have already been living and working in Germany for some time or attend lectures at a German university, this is most likely the right course for you. The C2 course is taught by qualified advanced teachers.

In the course you will converse about interesting current affairs, learn to introduce appropriate expressions in discussion and to understand and be able to summarise complex factual texts. Writing is also practised by means of written assignments about factual as well as literary texts from novels, narrations and short stories. The writing of reports and homework assignments can be made a central theme of the course, if participants so wish. The teacher will analyse your mistakes and in so doing lead you to recognise your own mistakes independently and develop strategies to correct them.

The programme is custom-made to the interests and needs of the maximum 10 course particpants. If desired, the course can also include preparation for the C2 advanced exam.

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TestDaF Crash Course

* 32 teaching units (3 weeks)

For: advanced students who are aiming to take the TestDaF exam straight after the course and want to train intensively for it.

Prerequisite: successful completion of a B2 course or comparable language ability (IfS grading for C1).

Our TestDaF crash course prepares participants for the TestDaF exam in just 3 weeks and it always runs exactly in the three weeks just before the next TestDaF exam. The course runs over 32 teaching units and is presented by experienced teachers.

In the course we train participants intensively in the four exam sections: reading, listening, writing and oral expression. Focused test strategies are thus conveyed and practised. Besides individual advice and corrections given by the teaching staff, two full trial exams are also included in the course. We'll guide you to a successful TestDaF!

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Enrolment for the Crash Course via Email > Contact

[Please note that enrolment for the TestDaF exam itself is only possible online through the website of the TestDaF Institute. The examination fee is 175,00 Euro. > Online enrolment for the TestDaF examination]

 

TestDaF Online

* Teaching units: according to individual arrangement

For: advanced students who wish to prepare online for the TestDaF or DSH exam, with supervision.

Prerequisite: successful completion of a B2 course or comparable language ability (IfS grading for C1)

Wherever you are in the world and at any time we will help you with your preparation for TestDaF. Our TestDaF experts will correct your essays, answer questions or invite you to do oral training over Skype. We'll gladly put together an individual offer according to your specific wishes. Participation in online exam preparation is possible from 100 € for six months!

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