German for reading and research (Beginners)

This course is aimed at people who want to learn German for reading and research purposes. Lessons focus on developing reading and text interpreting skills, allowing a fast pace progress. If your language level ranges from beginners to lower intermediate, you are welcome to join.

Key Information

  • Session information: TBC
  • Timeline: TBC
  • Term 1:TBC
  • Fees: Term 1 - £120. Term 2 £120. Full Course £240.

This course will be taught in a group size of a minimum 7 and maximum 11 students. Course fee includes all tuition, access to VLE (virtual learning environment), handouts and any tests/exams, but not a textbook.

DUE TO COVID-19 this course will begin online.  If there is an opportunity for us to resume face to face classroom teaching on campus we will do so providing all learners can access the campus. 

This course will start in TBC and run for 20 weeks (4 week break over Christmas), lessons will resume in January 2021. It comprises 60 learning hours over two terms. Lessons are two hours long and take place once a week.  When enrolling you are committing to the full 20 weeks.  There is the option to pay for the full course in one payment or two instalments.

Entry level

No previous knowledge of German is required. Although it would be beneficial, the course is suitable for absolute beginners.

Course content

This German for reading & research purposes course aims to take learners from a basic level towards independent reading of authentic texts in German. Each session will focus on fundamental aspects of German grammar, including both morphology and syntax and vocabulary. As the course progresses, your tutor will find out the genres and periods most appropriate to the interests of each student and will tailor readings accordingly. You will also develop dictionary skills and practise reading strategies to interpret and translate texts in German. In addition, you will begin reading texts immediately and building a working vocabulary, thereby increasing the amount and level of your German knowledge with every session.


The tutor will supply the necessary handouts and resources.

Our approach

The course takes place at an accelerated pace to enable you to read German texts from a wide range of sources and time periods. Reading skills are developed by systematically working through short texts and focusing on the recognition of key grammatical structures (verbs, tenses, sentence patterns and word order, negation, nouns, connectors, pronouns, adjectives, prepositions, the passive, idioms, etc.). Students will be encouraged to seek opportunities to learn and practise outside the classroom taking advantage of learning resources provided by tutors and the programme. Group numbers are limited to 12 students and planned to allow intensive interactive practice with individual feedback and advice on progress.

Progression route

Upon completing this Beginners level for Reading & research purposes (1A), you can progress onto the Intermediate level Reading & research purposes (2A).