Language Classes

German Language
Classes in 2023

Do you speak German? A little bit? Or actually pretty well? No matter – Das Zentrum’s language classes have something on offer to suit your needs.

Our experienced, highly qualified teachers teach in a small group environment (class size 8 to 14 students) to ensure individual attention and to make the most of your ability and potential. Our teachers are either native speakers, or have lived and worked for several years in the German-speaking regions of Europe and have extensive training and experience in both teaching German as a second language, and conveying the cultures of German-speaking societies in Europe.

Not sure what level you are at? Go to this link to take a free German language test that gives you an indication of what level you are at. This will help you find the right class prior to enrolment.

Steps to join a class:

  1. Classes are for members of Das Zentrum, and membership is required if you want to take a class. If you are not yet a member, please sign up for membership by using the link below.
  2. Unless you are a beginner, or continuing with the same teacher, please take this free German language test to help you decide which class would best suit you.
  3. You can find class details below. Contact the teacher to check availability and to sign up.
  4. Please pay the teacher in full for the course prior to class commencement.
Classes meet at Das Zentrum, which is on the first floor of the Griffin Centre in Civic.

Available Classes:

A 1.1 – Beginning German

Are you interested in learning German?

This beginner course is designed for students who have no prior knowledge of German and wish to achieve basic language skills for the purposes of communication, study, travel or enjoyment. You will learn how to use everyday expressions and simple sentences to be able to satisfy concrete needs; ask others simple questions and respond to their questions.

We will meet for 12 sessions of 90 minutes each, starting on 24 July 2023 at 6pm-7:30pm. Course fee: $300.

No classes on 18 September and on 2 October 2023. The last session is 23 October 2023.

We need a minimum of 8 people to be able to run a class. Maximum number of students per class is 16. All students have to become members of Das Zentrum to be eligible for classes. Course fees are only refundable if course gets canceled.

DATES and TIMES: 24 July 2023 - 23 October 2023 6pm - 7:30pm

Please secure your place by booking through Trybooking at:

Date: 24 Jul 2023 - 23 Oct 2023
Time: Monday's 06:00pm - 07:30pm
Location: Das Zentrum
Fee $300 (12 sessions)
Materials: Akademie Deutsch A1+ - digital edition
Contact: Barbara Gatzen (

A 1.2 – Upper Beginning German

This course is a continuation of the Das Zentrum A1.1 classes from Term 1. We will cover a wide range of topics, from setting up home, travelling and navigating public transport to talking about health, wellbeing and plans for the future. The course will follow the EU curriculum for the German A1 level and cover a range of foundational grammar concepts and vocabulary. We will be practicing all these concepts both in book based exercises and through role play and active use of German language in the classroom.

We will continue using Menschen A1 which we used in the first term. In addition, we will use Akademie Deutsch A1+ (digital edition).

Please note that this class is currently only open to existing Das Zentrum students who completed one of the two A 1.1 classes from Term 1. Places are limited and students are encouraged to enrol early to secure their place.

Existing students have been sent an email with their enrolment link. If you are an existing student and did not get your enrolment email, please contact your teacher.

New students: We are currently not able to accommodate new students in this class, however, if additional places become available, we will add a link here.

Date: 27 Jul 2023 - 25 Jun 2020
Time: Thursday's 06:00pm - 07:30pm
Location: Das Zentrum
Fee $300 (12 session)
Materials: Menschen A1 Deutsch als Fremdsprache Kursbuch; Akademie Deutsch A1+ digital edition (Intensivwerk+Zusatzmaterial)
Contact: Barbara Gatzen (

C 1 Upper Intermediate German

We will be continuing with Chapter 7 of Sicher! C1. While we will be working with a C1 textbook this course is still aiming for upper intermediate level. We will be doing lots of revision and - as always - we will also deal with topics or structures as they arise from the class. There is no formal placement test so if you are not sure if this is the right level for you please have a chat to me about it.

Please note: If I am unwell, I might teach a one-off class via Zoom to avoid spreading any germs. 

Just a reminder: You have to be a member of Das Zentrum to do the course.

Please pay for your membership before the course starts. There is information on how to do this on our website. For those of you that are already members, please make sure your membership is up to date.

We are meeting for ten 2-hour sessions on Wednesdays, 6-8pm, starting on 19 July (tbc). Cost is $250.

TEXTBOOKS: Recommended: Sicher! C1.2 Kurs- und Arbeitsbuch mit CD-ROM zum Arbeitsbuch, Lektion 7-12 ISBN 978-3-19-701208-7 This edition combines the second six chapters of both the text and the workbook.

Alternatively: Sicher! C1 Kursuch, Lektionen 1-12 ISBN 978-3-19-001208-4 Sicher! C1 Arbeitsbuch mit CD-ROM, Lektion 1-12 ISBN 978-3-19-011208-1

Feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.

Date: 19 Jul 2023 - 27 Sep 2023
Time: Wednesday's 06:00pm - 08:00pm
Location: Das Zentrum Australian-German Institute, Griffin Centre Level 1, Room 1.03, 20 Genge St, Canberra City
Fee $250 (10 sessions)
Materials: Sicher! C1.1 Kurs- und Arbeitsbuch mit CD-ROM zum Arbeitsbuch, Lektion 7-12
Contact: Susanne Gross (

German Conversation Group

Every Tuesday from 7.30pm to 9pm at Das Zentrum.
Start: Start date for Semester 1 2023 is to be advised
The cost for this popular group is $30 per six months (in addition you need to become a member of Das Zentrum, if you are not already).  You are welcome to attend two or three sessions free of charge before deciding whether this group suits your language needs.