German is one of English's closest cousins. You might not understand "Mein Vater hat einen Hund" yet, but after you've studied German for a while, you'll start to see the similarities (mein and my, Vater and father, hat and has, einen and a/an, Hund and hound), and you'll know that my father has a dog. Many of the most common words in English are very similar to (or even identical to) their German equivalents.
Apart from English, German is just about the most useful language for travel in Europe. There are over 80 million German speakers in Germany itself, but there are millions more in Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg. And there are millions of other people who speak German as a first or second language in other European countries.
Group German Courses in Toronto
Hansa offers three levels of group German classes. These eight-week programs are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, and focus on German spoken in Germany. Books and materials are included in the course fee. Payment and registration must be received before the registration deadline.
Our introductory German course (level A1) is ideal for students without any prior knowledge of the language. You will cover units 1 through 5 of Themen Aktuell 1 (included in your course fee), an excellent textbook that includes a workbook and both an audio CD and a multimedia disk. You will learn words and structures for the following themes: first meetings, the home, eating and drinking, free time, and daily life. Grammar topics include: questions, imperatives, accusative case, present-tense conjugations, articles, negation, possessives, modal verbs, and pronouns.
The second level course continues with units 6-10 of Themen Akteull 1. The themes explored in these units are: health, everyday life, getting around a city, shopping and gift-giving, German language and culture. Grammar topics include: possessives, more modal verbs, singular and plural nouns, perfect tense, prepositions, comparatives, dative case, comparative and superlative forms, and genitive case.
Our third level course (A2) begins with a review of the grammar and vocabulary covered in the first two levels. The textbook is Themen Aktuell 2 (included in your course fee), and lessons 1-5 are covered. The themes explored in these units are: appearance and personality, school and professions, conversation and television, industry and business, family and personal relationships. Grammar topics include articles, preterite forms of modals, reflexive structures, relative clauses, Konjunktiv II, passive voice, comparatives, and the infinitive.
Please note: material will be covered at the pace of the class; some of the above topics may not be covered, as the course will be geared towards the needs of the class as a whole. Some of the curriculum may be modified at the instructor's discretion.
Comments from former students:
"Everything I'd hoped for"
"Everyone had the opportunity to participate"
"Just enough of a challenge"
"Makes difficult topics seem easy"
"Extremely knowledgeable and passionate about teaching"
"Lots of opportunities to practise the language"
"The course was top-notch"
Private German Language Programs:
Please note: All German lessons are held at Hansa's 2160 Yonge Street campus. For private classes held off campus, within Toronto, an additional 35% surcharge will be added to the course fee.