German language courses in Frankfurt

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Does anyone know of any weekend German classes in Frankfurt? I've had a search but the only solutions I can seem to find are private tuition.

 

Any advice?

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Hi, I'm new to this forum.

I moved to frankfurt with my fiance in Dec from Sydney Australia for a 12mth posting with my employer.

So far we haven't had the most positive experience living in frankfurt. We recently found this forum and realised other expats have found a lot of the same problems as us..

 

My employer has handled the relocation rather poorly so far. They have suggested the A-Viva language school to learn german based on someones recommendation..

I wanted to know if anyone has experience with this school or could make alternative recommendations.

 

cheers,

Angus

 

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Hi Angus,

 

Welcome to Frankfurt and to the forum.

 

There has already been a few threads on language classes in Frankfurt, such as this one (linked). You can find the other threads by using the forum search box in the upper right-hand corner and putting in appropriate keywords such as language and frankfurt.

 

HTH.

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Sorry to hear your employer hasn't been to helpful. At least you live in the best neighborhood in Frankfurt. (in my opinion!) I cant give an recommendations on language schools, but they are probably all fairly similar. Do you have to pay for it yourself?

 

Anyway, welcome to Frankfurt, it really is a nice place to live once you learn your way around and after the weather gets a little bit nicer. This winter has been extra cold.

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hey, after having a look around the city we thought Bronheim is def one of the nicer areas too.

 

We just expected everyday life would be a little easier than what we have encountered, and generally find the germans quite uninviting. Hence the language classes question... My employer will pay for our language courses so price is not such an issue, I just want to make sure we arent wasting our time..

 

We feel slack for moving to a foreign country and wanting to meet other expats now, but we came here with an open mind and have been sadly disappointed by the german experience so far...

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Cultura Lingua

led by

 

Heinz Balkmann

Benzstr.8b

64546

Moerfelden-W

 

Tel. 06105456600

mobile number is 015127142555

 

H.Balkmann@gmx.de

 

Specialises in people who have just come over from abroad and works in Banks as well as private tuition etc to start people from scratch. Can however, also tutor those with all levels of German.

 

Currently works for a number of Banks and companies who have just employed workers who have little or no German.

 

He also does cultural excursions, tours or lessons if requested.

 

http://www.cultura-lingua.de.vu/

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Hello – I hope all is well today.

 

I am sure this topic has been covered many of times, so I am sorry to repeat. I am looking at taking an intensive course to learn German in Frankfurt.

Can anyone recommend the Lehrerkooperative at all?

 

Also - I have heard about a card you can register for that entitles you to pay only a fraction of the cost of the course, is it available to all expats including from the UK?

 

Thanks in advance for any pearls of wisdom

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I am sure this topic has been covered many of times, so I am sorry to repeat.

Therefore, use the search function to access the numerous threads on here about entitlement to the integration course and the rates you pay, including relevant links. There's been quite a lot of chat recently. Word of mouth is usually the best way to find a good school. The point on the linked thread about picking one near where you live is also good (as it's a big daily commitment).

 

What you call an "intensive course" is actually the "integration course". It's not a light-hearted language dabble for "ex-pats". It's six months solid work (usually 9am to 1pm Monday to Friday and then homework) aimed primarily at full-on immigrants, some of whom come from limited circumstances. I had everyone from African war refugees to highly educated young students and nuns on mine. I was one of the few Westen European EU citizens who'd been anywhere near it at my school.

 

And, if you go down the route of seeking state support, it becomes an obligation for you to attend and do it (and the subsequent Orientation course) and pass the exam. No longer a choice. I have no idea about your "entitlement". I paid the private rate (tax deductible form me anyway) to get on and do it with no connection to the state. It was well worth it for me, though, I loved it. Another point to bear in mind is that the price is pretty much the same whereever you do it.

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Hi everyone,

 

I can recommend the TANDEM zentrum to learn german. It is a private institute located near the Rodelheim Bahnhof, not as cheap as the VHS but not as expensive as others such as Inlingua or the Goethe institute.

 

http://www.tandem-frankfurt.de/

 

I currently attend there and I have had a positive experience overall.

 

Cheers!

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Hi all!

 

I'm resurrecting an old topic to ask if anyone has taken classes at or heard anything about TextKontext language school. I am looking to do an intensive (20 hours/week) C1 and/or DSH test preparation course and I really like the looks of theirs, plus it seems very reasonably priced.

 

Otherwise, does anyone have a better suggestion? I'm currently at B2+ level and am hoping to start studying for my Masters' relatively soon, so the DSH is a necessity. Therefore I'd like to take a test prep course (but in some schools a C1 course would be required first). I don't have a huge budget for this, but obviously want decent-quality teaching.

 

Thanks!

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Goethe Institut is the best I think. I am currently attending their evening courses, and I am pretty satisfied. The price is a bit high though, but you get what you pay for. Plus they are considered to be prestigious, which does matter in Germany.

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I can recommend the Goethe Institut as well. True, the price is quite high, but the standard is higher than any language school I have attended thus far (in Germany and abroad - and I have attended quite a few as I am quite picky). It's true I had to save up for a long time before I could afford an intesive course here, but I believe it is well worth it. Goethe focuses on speaking AND writing and has a standard lesson plan and method of teaching, while Berlitz for me focused more on speaking. VHS was okay but the style of teaching was not consistent (quality was highly dependent on the teacher).

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My employer would like to send me on a German course at the Eifert Language School on Kaiserstrasse in Frankfurt.

 

I would prefer them to pay for me to go to the Goethe Institute, but that will only work if Eifert can't help me.

 

Has anyone heard of, or have any experience of Eifert?

 

Thanks

 

BobD

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I wondered if anyone had any experience with Academia Germanica in Bockenheim? It also has includes a Spanish school, which goes by the name of Vamos.

 

I am mostly interested in it, as it's at the end of my street :)

 

Would love to here from anyone who has taken classes there,

 

laura

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Goethe Institut is the best I think. I am currently attending their evening courses, and I am pretty satisfied. The price is a bit high though, but you get what you pay for. Plus they are considered to be prestigious, which does matter in Germany.

 

Hmm, I am looking for a class right now, and have twice emailed Goethe Institut to ask them the price for the evening course. As yet no reply. Can you tell me how much you paid when you did it? Also, since you were generally pretty satisfied, I am guessing that their typical service is a bit better than that?

 

Thanks for any advice or help!

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Hmm, I am looking for a class right now, and have twice emailed Goethe Institut to ask them the price for the evening course.

They were like €800 when I checked last year. I think they are probably the best evening courses but unless you employer is paying for it, it's a bit of a joke at that price.

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