GERMAN

Why Learn German?

German is a language of global importance and the mother tongue of one of the world’s richest economies, Germany. In Luxembourg, German is a very important language that is taught in secondary schools and used by a wide range of institutions.

GTL Training offers year-round courses of different duration and intensity. Our training center is located in the heart of Esch-sur-Alzette, just a few minutes’ walk from Place de l’Hotel de Ville.

Our highly qualified trainers offer several modules of German courses according to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) for all learning levels, from beginners to highly advanced.

All our students go through a placement test prior to the beginning of any course to ensure that they study in a learning group appropriate to their actual level. Our classes are held in small groups consisting of five and up to a maximum of twelve students per session.

Our German courses prepare students for the linguistic reality of everyday language usage. Our instructors focus on oral and written communication skills, making sure students consolidate and perfect their productive, speaking and writing; and receptive, (reading and listening) skills. Each course date offers groups for levels from A1 to C1.

Our students have the opportunity to complete their courses with an officially recognized language test at their respective language level.

 

The six language levels

The “A” Levels: Basic User

A1 | Beginner

At the A1 CEFR level, a language learner can:

Understand and use very basic expressions to satisfy concrete needs.
Introduce themselves and ask questions about personal details.
Interact simply as long as the other person speaks slowly and clearly.

A2 | Elementary

At the A2 CEFR level, a language learner can:
Understand frequently used expressions in most intermediate areas such as shopping, family, employment, etc.
Complete tasks that are routine and involve a direct exchange of information.
Describe matters of immediate need in simple terms.

II. The “B” Levels: Independent User

B1 | Intermediate

At the B1 CEFR level, a language learner can:

Understand points regarding family, work, school or leisure-related topics.
Deal with most travel situations in areas where the language is spoken.

Create simple texts on topics of personal interest.
Describe experiences, events, dreams, and ambitions, as well as opinions or plans in brief.

B2 | Upper Intermediate

At the B2 CEFR level, a language learner can:

Understand the main ideas of a complex text such as a technical piece related to their field.
Spontaneously interact without too much strain for either the learner or the native speaker.
Produce a detailed text on a wide range of subjects.

III. The “C” Levels: Proficient User

 

C1 | Advanced

At the C1 CEFR level, a language learner can:

Understand a wide range of longer and more demanding texts or conversations.
Express ideas without too much searching.
Effectively use the language for social, academic or professional situations.
Create well-structured and detailed texts on complex topics.

C2 | Proficiency

At the C2 CEFR level, a language learner can:
Understand almost everything read or heard with ease.
Summarize information from a variety of sources into a coherent presentation.
Express themselves using precise meaning in complex scenarios.

GTL Training offers the following German language courses:

The Intensive Course:

The intensive courses are offered year-round at the levels A1, A2, B1, B2 and C1

During these classes, everyday topics are used to teach relevant grammar and vocabulary. All language skills (oral and written communication, grammar, listening and reading comprehension) are strengthened and practiced. The Intensive Course is offered 5 days a week (15 sessions/week).

Group Size:

Our groups consist of at least 5 up to a maximum of 12 students. The small course groups guarantee that all students are trained individually and can actively participate in lessons. These courses also increase one-to-one interaction as well as students talking time.

Evening Courses:

Our evening courses are structured to assist students in dealing with everyday linguistic situations thereby fostering their confidence while using the German language. We offer our students the option of completing their language course with an officially recognized language test.
GTL Training offers evening classes for learners at all levels from A1 to C1. Every course begins with a placement test.

Group Size:

Our groups consist of at least 5 and up to a maximum of 12 students. The small course groups guarantee that all students receive personal attention and can actively participate in lessons.

 Who Is Concerned?

This course targets students and professionals who aim at improving their German language fluency and capacity quickly and efficiently. Most of our participants do not have enough time to study during the day and prefer learning during evenings.
GTL Training offers courses at the rate of 2 to 5 evenings per week depending on the participants’ availability. We also offer the possibility to change through courses depending on the personal situation of the participant.

Conversational German Course:

This course is designed to enhance your conversational abilities, starting from the basics of greeting and introducing oneself up to the advanced skills of making intricate statements. The Conversational Course helps learners maintain great conversations with German speaking counterparts. This course also increases participants’ level of self-confidence in using the German language.

Group Size:

Our groups consist of at least 5 and up to a maximum of 12 students. The small course groups guarantee that all students receive personal attention and can actively participate in lessons.

German Courses per Levels

German Beginner Level 1 Course (BLC01):

This Beginner’s Course covers the first 8 units of the A1 German language book.

Topics & Vocabulary:

 

 Introductions: greetings, saying how you are, where you come from, where you live, what you do, telephone number, marital status, children, etc.
 Introducing professions
 Identifying the alphabet and numbers
 Speaking and writing about family and friends
 Knowing prices and shopping-related vocabulary
 Asking about things and describing things – likes and dislikes
 Telephoning, emails and texting.

Confirming and cancelling an appointment
Knowing the different times of the day
Talking about abilities
Asking for permission
Making arrangements
Talking about hobbies and leisure time activities – likes and dislikes

Grammar:

Making basic affirmative and negative statements
Asking different types of questions
Practicing verb endings of regular and some irregular verbs in the present tense
Using “You” – formal and informal
Identifying and using basic sentence structure
Using gender and indefinite/ definite articles / possessive articles / negation
Introducing pronouns (Nominative)
Differentiating between the singular and plural forms
Using separable verbs
Accusative case

Skills Development:

Lots of speaking: simulations of situational exercises & interaction
Mastering basic pronunciation rules
Mastering writing basics

German Beginner Level 2 Course (BLC02):

This is the completion of German Beginner 1. This course builds on the previously acquired knowledge and carries on covering a more detailed use of the German language.

Thèmes et vocabulaire :

Talking about food and drink.
Asking for information – getting around town
Talking about past events
Schedules and timetables – daily activities
Dates, months, seasons

Talking about travel
Interviews
Asking and giving directions
Everyday life situations
Giving descriptions and making opinions
Asking for help

Grammar :

Perfect tense
Modal verbs
Accusative and Genitive pronouns

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Adverbs of time
The dative case
Prepositions of place, time and modal

Cultural Content:

Situational exercises & interaction
Revisiting pronunciation rules and numbers
Plenty of listening activities
Writing practice e.g. a simple letter (enquiry), emails, texts, biographies

Skills Development:

Situational exercises & interaction
Revisiting pronunciation rules and numbers
Listening activities
Writing practice: simple letters, emails, texts, etc.

German Beginner Level 3 Course (BLC03):

This course builds on the previous Beginner 2 course and carries on basic language acquisition through a series of activities and fun-filled classes.

Topics & Vocabulary:

Talking about plans and wishes
Naming parts of the body
Giving advice
Making requests and giving orders
Talking about people
Describing activities in the house

Giving explanations
Talking about rules: traffic, etc.
Talking about clothes
Describing the weather
Making invitations
Giving congratulations

Grammar :

Modal verbs
The Past Tense
Usage of Perfect and Past
Conjunctions

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Imperative form
Conjunctive form
Comparisons and Similarities

Cultural Content:

Climate, weather, seasonal activities

Skills Development:

Speaking activities and group interaction
Writing practice e.g. text messages/short e-mails
Listening activities

German Elementary Level 1 Course (ELC01):

This course covers one third of the perquisites of the A2 level.

Topics & Vocabulary:

Describing family activities and events.
Talking about careers
Telling family stories
Giving orders
Using and moving equipment, furniture
Talking about shopping
Making plans together

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Making suggestions and expressing preferences
Giving opinions about travel and tourism
Reading brochures and displays
Describing the landscapes and the natural world
Talking about health, sickness, accidents: Expressing sympathy and hope

Grammaire :

Review of verbs (Past, Perfect, Imperative)
Directional and temporal adverbs
Prepositions of movement and state
Time prepositions
Conjunctions
Conjunctive II

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Adjectives and the indefinite and definite articles
Word-building (verb + -er, -ung)
Subordinate clauses
Verbs plus preposition
Dative-object, dative pronoun and accusative pronoun

Cultural Content:

Travelling
Foreigners in Germany
Health and fitness
School and education

Skills Development:

Speaking activities & interaction
Writing practice
Listening activities

German Elementary Level 2 Course (ELC02):

This course covers the second third of the A2 level.

Topics & Vocabulary:

Describing work-related settings
Expressing importance and interest
Talking about eating out
Ordering, asking about things
Making complaints
Giving thanks and congratulations
Making comparisons
Talking about nutrition, food and drink
Expressing surprise and pleasure
Talking about language learning experiences
Making hotel reservations
Asking for/giving directions & getting around

Grammar:

Revisiting previous level’s grammar
Present passive
Verbs with the dative and accusative
Abject position

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Indirect questions
Adjectives after the “zero” article
Reflexive verbs
Place prepositions

Skills Development:

Speaking activities & interaction        Listening activities
Writing practice

German Elementary Level 3 Course (ELC03):

This course covers the final perquisites of the A2 level.

Topics & Vocabulary:

Planning holidays and travel
Booking online
Talking about money and banking
Talking about the weather
Urging and convincing
Expressing hesitation
Talking and calendar events

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♦ Expressing interest and lack of interest
Reports and descriptions
Giving explanations and reasons
Education and training
Expressing satisfaction and dissatisfaction
Expressing pleasure and disappointment

Grammar:

Verbs with prepositions
Past tense of modal verbs
Question and prepositional adverbs
Question articles
Demonstrative pronouns

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Auxiliary verbs
Conjunctions
Relatives pronouns
The Past Tense

German Intermediate Level 1 Course (ILC01):

This Intermediate course Level 1 covers the first third of the B1 Level.

Topics & Vocabulary:

Describing and talking about people
personality traits
Reporting on past events
Talking about statistics
Making complaints
Making Conjectures for the future
Making invitations
Speaking to customers
Talking about stance – strongly or weakly

Grammar:

Adjectives as nouns
The -n declension
The Past
Relative pronouns and relative clauses (dative, prepositions)
Future I
The infinitive with zu

Skills Development:

Speaking activities & interaction
Writing practice
Listening activities

German Intermediate Level 2 Course (ILC02):

This course covers the second third of the B1 level.

Topics & Vocabulary:

Sports, Wellbeing, Nutrition: giving presentations
Expressing disappointment: If only …
Everyday breakdowns
Everyday happy moments
Good and bad luck – talking about feelings.
Letters and emails – invitations, cancellations, commitments
Operational events

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Talking about misunderstandings
Asking for clarification
Making suggestions
Planning further development
Job applications and interviews
Youth experiences: stories and reacting to stories
Memories and relationships

Grammar:

Comparative and Superlative
Past subjunctive
Past-of-the-past
The Genitive
Cause and result conjunctions and adverbs
Present and past participles as adjectives
Two-part conjunctions

Cultural Content:

Relationships, customs and habits

Skills Development:

Speaking activities & interaction
Writing practice
Listening activities

German Intermediate Level 3 Course (ILC03):

This course covers the third and last part of the B1 Level.

Topics & Vocabulary:

Life stories
Art and Painting
Politics and Society
Discussions and expressing considered opinions
Countryside and Tourism
Giving presentations
Fielding questions
In the mountains

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Booking in
Discussing dos and don’ts
Concerts and Events
History and the Past
Consultation, approval, indifference
Expression conviction

Grammar:

Expressions with es
Two-part conjunctions

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Place and time preposition-particles
Passive Present of modal verbs

Cultural Content:

German history and current affairs

Skills Development:

Speaking activities & interaction
Writing practice
Listening activities

German Upper Intermediate Course (UIC):

This course covers the requirements of the B2 Level.

Telling personal experiences.
Describing personal experiences and feelings.
Giving different opinions.
Having controversial discussions with friends and family.
Having everyday conversations.
Describing problems, discussing solutions.
Discussing with others and making joint plans.
Negotiating compromise.
Seeking and offering advice or help
Making arrangements.
Describing things and people.
Summarizing and giving specific information
Making presentations
Telling a personal experience.
Describing personal experiences and sensations.
Representing one’s own area of interest.
Conducting everyday conversations
Describing problems, discuss solutions
Planning something together.
Participating in formal discussions.
Negotiating compromises.
Seeking and offering advice or help.
Briefly describing something or someone.
Summarizing and give specific information.
Giving a short lecture.

Grammar :

Conjunctions
adverbs
Adjectives: declinations, comparison, transformation into nouns
Temporal conjunctions
Past tenses
Generic use of es and das

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Indirect speech
Temporal prepositions and adverbs
Final conjunctions
Reflexive verbs
Word construction: verbs and adjectives

Cultural Content:

Social life: friendship, online dating, etc.
Current affair
German Media and Politics

Skills Development:

Speaking activities & interaction
Writing practice
Listening activities

German Advanced Level Course (ALC):

This course covers all the requirements of the C1 Level.

Topics & Vocabulary:

Explain a meaning context
Highlighting differences and similarities
Giving reasons for something
Describing something interculturally
Explaining something by example
Explaining a term to argue controversially
 ♦Arguing directly in controversy
Reflecting upon one’s own expectations
Relating something
Requesting/rejecting assistance
Weighing something spontaneously
Canceling something at short notice
Responding to a short-term cancellation
Making/responding to a complaint
Making spontaneous reactions to a decision

Making reactions with different intentionsGiving advice
Formulating tolerance
Expressing incomprehension/compassion
Describing/explaining a statistic/graph
Commenting, rating, suggesting something
Presenting statements by an author
Rendering arguments from texts
Expressing unfulfilled expectations
Contributing/commenting in a discussion
Talking about something very unusual
Discussing all speech intentions
Taking the floor
Finding an agreement
Justifying a decision

Grammar:

Questions with information
Conjectures with and without subjunctive II
negation
noun-verb connections
nominalizations
Speaker signals: Well, well, as I said …
Present in context
Nominalization: meaning variants
Article by name
Quantities
Become: past participle I
Limitations: impersonal speech

Location information by attribution
Exaggerations and generalizations
Past participle I as an adjective
Negation: prefix
The place before the verb
The post after the end of the sentence
Relative clause
Attribution
Quantities
Become: past participle I
Prepositions of the written language
Sentence & text structures

Cultural Content:

Social life: friendship, online dating, etc.
Current affairs
German 20th century history
♦  Traditional celebrations in German-speaking countries
German Media and Politics

Skills Development:

Speaking activities & interaction
Writing practice
Listening activities

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