I recently completed my third German 10 week evening course in Brighton, and am on my fourth course at the moment. The weeks always seems to pass by so quickly, and having a great group with easy-going classmates and an encouraging, fun teacher always makes me want to continue for another 10 weeks.
I am currently doing Cactus Level 7. I studied German at school for several years, and therefore had covered the grammar before but was looking to brush up on my German. The evening courses are great as refresher classes and for getting some speaking practice in order to not forget what you already know. Our lessons have a strong focus on practising conversational skills, and we often spend the first 30-45 minutes chatting about a range of topics. Even though the conversation often flows freely our teacher keeps an eye on the quality of our German and corrects our pronunciation and grammar, which is just what I want. I am aiming at both being able to speak fluently and to get the grammar right. It doesn’t always feel so easy considering that German grammar, in my opinion, is not the simplest! But ‘Übung macht den Meister’, ‘practice makes perfect’ as my German friend once encouraged me when I was struggling with my homework.
Besides the valuable conversation practice, we also read and translate articles about various topics, give presentations about our home countries, international group that we are, and have little verb tests and grammar tasks every now and then just to see if there is anything we need to brush up on. Every once in a while we also have role plays which teach us some useful vocabulary as we always play situations we might actually get into when travelling into German-speaking countries. The role plays are valuable practice as afterwards we always go over our mistakes and try to learn from them.
Having a nice group and a variety of activities motivates me to go to the class every week, and I’m always looking forward to it. Simply put, we have fun while practising our skills, and learning is so much easier when you enjoy what you are doing. In my class learning is made fun!