German, Arts and Culture

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Evening language courses at the University of the Arts (UAL) Language Centre in London. Learn to speak German and explore German arts and culture, with classes ranging from beginner to intermediate.

During this 8 week course, you will be exposed to authentic language through listening and reading activities with an emphasis on functional and practical uses. The classes focus on speaking, pronunciation, and on reading and written communication.

Over the course of the programme, you will explore a variety of interesting topics such as architecture, design, fashion and society, at the same time as improving your ability to interact in the language.

The weekly classes take place at our High Holborn location, 3 minutes' walk from Holborn station in central London. Classes are from 6pm to 8.30pm 1 evening a week.

There is also a termly cultural experience in collaboration with the UAL Social Programme which will be built into your language development.

See the course details section below for the full syllabus, overview and outcomes for the course.

German dates and fees

Term 1DatesPriceBooking and availability
German Beginner Part One

Wednesday 18 October 2017

Wednesday 25 October 2017

Wednesday 1 November 2017

Wednesday 8 November 2017

Wednesday 15 November 2017

Wednesday 22 November 2017

Wednesday 29 November 2017

Wednesday 6 December 2017


Please note, this course is now fully booked.

We'll be running more courses from 29 January 2018.

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German Beginner Part One course details

Course overview and outcomes

Over the 8 weeks of the German Beginner One course, you will:

  • listen to simple dialogues and be introduced to how to greet others and introduce yourself
  • learn to make simple requests including ordering food and drink and making your way around town
  • explore vocabulary for each of the topics above and practice dialogues to use the language and activities associated with each
  • be given the opportunity to read simple texts and write your own. Through these text and listening tasks you will be introduced to the structure of the language
  • learn numbers, days of the week, professions, countries, colours and other expression relating to your surroundings
  • learn noun and adjective forms including the impact of gender, and present, past and perfect tenses
  • learn about German cuisine, artists, culture, fashion and architecture

There is a focus on oral communication and pronunciation as well as using the language for functional and practical purposes.

You will be able to take part in Social Programme events which will be announced on a termly basis, in line with the topics in the syllabus and your chosen language of study.

Course details:  

Week no. Session topicLanguage contentArts and culture content*
1Introduction to Language, Arts, and Culture

Introductions, asking for and giving personal information
Country names
The alphabet and numbers

Overview of course
Quiz on German language, art and culture

2Cuisine and CultureOrdering food and drinks
Asking for the bill
Accusative case

German cuisine

3Art and Politics

Verb conjugation Sg 3. Person
Describing your favourite artist

German artists

4Urban SpacesPlaces in the city
Prepositions of place
Adverbs of frequency
Leisure and entertainment in Germany
5Movement and Time

Telling time
Days of the week
Responding to an invitation

Punctuality in Germany

6ModernismActivities in a city
Likes and dislikes
Verb conjugation
Planning a weekend
Modern living in Germany 
7Fashion and SocietyDescribing clothes
Adjective declination 
Fashion in Germany
8Design and ArchitectureDescribing your area/ your home 

German architectural styles, Housing
Living in Germany

*Note: These are some possible topics you will cover, and they may differ according to student needs and interests