Why study German?
German is spoken throughout a large area in central Europe. It is the national language of Germany and Austria and one of the official languages of Switzerland, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein.
German-speaking communities can also be found in North and South America, South Africa, and Australia. There an estimated 95–100 million native speakers, making German one of the world’s major languages and the most widely spoken first-language in the European Union. It is also the 3rd most popular foreign language taught worldwide and the second most popular in Europe and Japan, after English.
With its thriving economic and education sectors, Germany is attracting increased international interest. The Japanese, for example, who boast of having the 2nd most powerful economy in the world, understand the business advantages that a knowledge of German will bring them: 68% of Japanese students study German. Furthermore, Germany enrolls the third-highest number of international students in the world; it also ranks 1st place in the amount of financial support it offers them. Learning German thus means greater opportunities and potentially gaining an economic advantage. So why not step in through this door of opportunity? We look forward to seeing you!
Classes are conducted as far as possible in the target language to give students maximum exposure to the new language and culture. During the course, students develop an ability to communicate in German in situations relating to their personal lives.
In addition, students are expected to spend time on self-study preparing for classes and reviewing and consolidating work done in class. Students are also encouraged to develop a repertoire of strategies to promote their autonomy as language learners. At each level, 100% in-course testing is the form of assessment.