How do these courses work?
All our courses are online. After booking you will receive a Zoom Meeting link. At that date you click on this link and your training starts. Alternatively, we can work with any other video messengers if you wish.
The courses are designed according to the requirements of the Common European Framework of Reference for Foreign Languages. With the completion of the course the participants will achieve the skill level.
The teaching materials are tailored according to skill levels and encourage an enjoyable learning experience. We offer the choice between online books or the classic ones.
Who are your tutors?
Our tutors are native speakers and have gained a large amount of experience through many provided online courses and at local institutes. Our background is in the German professional environment.
Is there a minimum amount of units that needs to be booked?
For the acquisition of a language level 72 units of 45 minutes each are required. Nevertheless, our sessions can be booked individually. You decide how much time you want to invest.
What is the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages?
The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment, abbreviated in English as CEFR or CEF or CEFRL, is a guideline used to describe achievements of learners of foreign languages across Europe and, increasingly, in other countries. It was put together by the Council of Europe as the main part of the project "Language Learning for European Citizenship" between 1989 and 1996. Its main aim is to provide a method of learning, teaching and assessing which applies to all languages in Europe. In November 2001, a European Union Council Resolution recommended using the CEFR to set up systems of validation of language ability. The six reference levels are becoming widely accepted as the European standard for grading an individual's language proficiency. (Wikipedia)
Which are the language skill levels?
You can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. And you are able to introduce yourself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where you live, people you know and things you have. In addition, you can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
You can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). And you are able to communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. In addition, you can describe in simple terms aspects of your background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
You can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. And you are able to deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. You can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. In addition, you can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
You can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. You are able to interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. In addition, you can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
You can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning and express yourself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. You are able to use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. In addition, you can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing a controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.