Brigitte grew up in Lower Saxony and studied German and English studies in Marburg, Tübingen, Heidelberg and Exeter. For many years, she worked as a teacher at a German secondary school before joining us in 2000. She has worked at Collegium Palatinum – IH Heidelberg for more years than any other teacher and is extremely experienced and competent.
Our German lessons are based on the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment (CEFR) (A1-C1).
A1Duration: 8 weeks
What can you do at level A1? You can speak in very simple sentences about yourself and activities such as shopping and eating and you can describe where you live. You can apply basic grammatical constructions.
A2Duration: 8 weeks
What can you do at level A2? You can communicate in a simple manner about everyday situations. You can correctly apply simple grammar to hold short conversations about familiar topics.
B1Duration: 8 weeks
What can you do at level B1? You can express yourself in coherent sentences in familiar situations while travelling and about your own fields of interest. You can describe objectives, experiences, and give reasons for opinions. You can use the most important grammatical structures correctly.
The B1-certificate proves sufficient German language skills for German citizenship application.
B2Duration: 12 - 16 weeks
What can you do at level B2? You can communicate at an advanced level: you speak clearly and fluently and are able to discuss and negotiate successfully. You have a large command of the vocabulary needed for general topics and your field of specialisation. Your usage of grammar is sound.
C1Duration: very individual
What can you do at level C1? You can express yourself spontaneously and fluently and you can understand challenging texts. You can apply idioms and the correct linguistic style. You speak with correct grammar.
C2Duration: very individual
What can you do at level C2? You speak like a native speaker. You understand everything you read and hear without any difficulty. You can express yourself spontaneously and fluently. You hardly make any mistakes.