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During the Winter Term all of our adult German language classes are held ONLINE, with the exception of the in-person class in the Oak Forest area of Houston.  We may offer additional classes from time to time, and will notify everyone by email and on face book. Social distancing, mask, and hygiene guidelines as published by a government agency or by us will still have to be followed.
For all of our out-of-town and out-of-state students – we will continue our online classes for you, even if we will be back to in-person classes.

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GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT OUR ADULT COURSES

Click here to register and pay for all adult courses

Online Classes. All online classes are held via Zoom.  You will need access to a computer, laptop, tablet, or phone connected to the internet.  If you have not downloaded Zoom, you can do so at zoom.us, or if you are outside the U.S., at the Zoom website for your country.

In-Person Classes. We offer in-person classes in the Oak Forest area of Houston.

Proficiency Levels.  We teach all levels of proficiency, corresponding to the Goethe-Institut designations:  A1.1, A1.2, A1.3 – A2.1, A2.2, A2.3 – B1.1, B1.2, B1.3 – B2.1, B2.2, B2.3 – C1 and C2.  The objectives and contents of these courses are based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).  Our students often have different levels of experience in the German language.  In order for proper placement of each student, we determine the level of proficiency during a special testing day or on the first day of a course, and form the classes accordingly.

Instruction Materials We use instruction material used by Goethe-Instituts world-wide, as well as some universities. You may be informed upon registration of any required books or course materials you must purchase, or materials will be made available to you in class. Please be sure to get the correct edition for class.

Discounts. Returning students receive a discount of ten percent for in-person classes, and there usually is an early registration discount for each session (see below).

Cancellation. We reserve the right to cancel a course that does not have the requisite number of students enrolled. If a class is canceled, refunds will be issued to enrolled students.

Corporate Classes.  We also offer classes to your employees at your facilities at your convenience. Please contact Angelika at angelika@germansouthwest.org or 713-822-4257 for more information.

Private Tutoring.  We offer private tutoring from our highly qualified instructors on an hourly time basis in packages of ten hours per purchase.  Please contact Angelika at angelika@germansouthwest.org or 713-822-4257 for more information.

2023 WINTER TERM ADULT COURSES

ONLINE – 2023 Winter Term – 10-Week Standard German Classes for Adults – Jan 9 to Mar 15 (M,W)

Begin your journey with German here, or enroll for an intermediate or advanced class!

All online classes are held via Zoom.  You will need access to a computer, laptop, tablet, or phone connected to the internet.  If you have not downloaded Zoom, you can do so at zoom.us, or if you are outside the U.S., at the Zoom login for your country.

      • Classes on Mondays and Wednesdays
        • 20 classes – 30 hours of German instruction

          • January 9, 11; 16, 18; 23, 25; and 30
          • February 1; 6, 8; 13, 15; 20, 22; and 27
          • March 1; 6, 8; 13 and 15
        • Each class is 1½ hours long and includes two 45-minute teaching units
        • Choice of Morning or Evening Classes (must be selected at time of registration)
          • Morning Classes from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
          • Evening Classes from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
        • Early Registration ends Sunday, December 4, 2022 (you get a $20 discount)
        • Regular Registration ends Sunday, December 25, 2022
        • Late Registration begins Monday, December 26, 2022 (you pay $25 more)
        • Tuition: $520 (Returning students receive 10% discount)
        • NO REGISTRATION FEE
        • REGISTRATION OPEN Click HERE to register

ONLINE – 2023 Winter Term – 10-Week Standard German Classes for Adults – Jan 10 to Mar 16 (T,Th)

Begin your journey with German here, or enroll for an intermediate or advanced class!

All online classes are held via Zoom.  You will need access to a computer, laptop, tablet, or phone connected to the internet.  If you have not downloaded Zoom, you can do so at zoom.us, or if you are outside the U.S., at the Zoom login for your country.

      • Classes on Tuesdays and Thursday
        • 20 classes – 30 hours of German instruction

          • January 10, 12; 17, 19; 24, 26; and 31
          • February 2; 7, 9; 14, 16; 21, 23; and 28
          • March 2; 7, 9; 14 and 16
        • Each class is 1½ hours long and includes two 45-minute teaching units
        • Choice of Morning or Evening Classes (must be selected at time of registration)
          • Morning Classes from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
          • Evening Classes from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
        • Early Registration ends Sunday, December 4, 2022 (you get a $20 discount)
        • Regular Registration ends Sunday, December 25, 2022
        • Late Registration begins Monday, December 26, 2022 (you pay $25 more)
        • Tuition: $520 (Returning students receive 10% discount)
        • NO REGISTRATION FEE
        • REGISTRATION OPEN Click HERE to register

ONLINE – 2023 Winter Term – 10-Week “Stammtisch am Montag”– German Conversation Classes for Adults – Level A1/A2 – Jan 9 – Mar 13 (Mon)

Was ist los? / What is going on? – Catch up on the latest news of the week and review and improve your core vocabulary and speaking skills in German.

      • Classes on Mondays – 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
        • 10 classes – 10 hours of German instruction
          • January 9, 16, 23, and 30
          • February 6, 13, 20, and 27
          • March 6 and 13
        • Early Registration ends Sunday, December 4, 2022 (you get a $10 discount)
        • Regular Registration ends Sunday, December 25, 2022
        • Late Registration begins on Monday, December 26, 2022 (you pay $15 more for the course)
        • Tuition: $175 (Returning students receive 10% discount)
        • NO REGISTRATION FEE
        • Registration OPEN. Click here to register.

This course offers all learners of German, who have completed German classes at least on level A1.3, an opportunity to overcome inhibitions in speaking and to express themselves in German on current topics of erman-speaking countries.

At the beginning of every lesson, participants “open the newspaper” and together read short, simplified reports or articles about late-breaking news , which are discussed in subsequent interactive activities. Participants consolidate and expand their vocabulary in a very inspiring and relaxed learning environment, as they describe and summarize current events, express their own views in the group, and reflect on the opinions of others.

ONLINE – 2023 Winter Term – 10-Week German “Krimirunde” for Adults – Level A2/B1 – Jan 10 to Mar 14 (Tue)

Experience the German fascination with “Krimis.” Did you know that more than 3,000 Krimi novels are published every year? We will read one short German Krimi (Das Auge vom Bodensee by Roland Dittrich, Klett Verlag), review A2/B1 grammar concepts and practice writing and conversational skills.

      • Classes on Tuesdays – 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
        • 10 classes – 15 hours of German instruction
          • January 10, 17, 24, and 31
          • February 7, 14, 21, and 28
          • March 7 and 14
        • Each class is 1.5 hours long and includes two 45-minute teaching units
        • Early Registration ends Sunday, December 4, 2022 (you get a $10 discount)
        • Regular Registration ends Sunday, December 25, 2022
        • Late Registration begins on Monday, December 26, 2022 (you pay $15 more for the course)
        • Tuition: $265 (Returning students receive 10% discount)
        • NO REGISTRATION FEE
        • Registration OPEN. Click here to register.

ONLINE – 2023 Winter Term – 10-Week Advanced German Conversation/Grammar Course – B2/C1 – Jan 10 – Mar 14 (Tue)

This advanced course ( B2/C1) is designed for participants who wish to learn about contemporary Germany and improve their conversation skills, including their listening and writing competencies. We will read from a variety of literary sources including current events from newspapers, short stories, and songs, and listen to podcasts and watch short movies or video clips. Grammar is reviewed on an as-needed basis with the book “Grammatik Aktiv. Deutsch als Fremdsprache B2-C1 Verstehen, Üben, Sprechen” by Cornelsen.

With humor and laughter, we maintain a relaxed atmosphere where students feel comfortable to participate without feeling self-conscious.

      • Classes on Tuesdays – 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
        • 10 classes – 15 hours of German instruction
        •  Each class is 1.5 hours long and includes two 45-minute teaching units
          • January 10, 17, 24, and 31
          • February 7, 14, 21, and 28
          • March 7 and 14
        • Early Registration ends Sunday, December 4, 2022 (you get a $10 discount)
        • Regular Registration ends Sunday, December 25, 2022
        • Late Registration begins on Monday, December 26, 2022 (you pay $15 more for the course)
        • Tuition: $265 (Returning students receive 10% discount)
        • NO REGISTRATION FEE
        • Registration OPEN. Click here to register.

ONLINE – 2023 Winter Term – 10-Week German “Mittwoch Lunch Bunch” for Adults – Level B1/B2 – Jan 11 to Mar 15 (Wed)

Would you like to practice your German but don’t have time to meet twice a week and complete weekly assignments? Have some questions about the German grammar? Interested in improving your listening and reading skills? Join me for the “Wednesday Lunch Bunch”! During the lunch hour on Wednesdays we will read about current topics in Germany, answer your grammar or vocabulary questions and practice conversational skills.

      • Classes on Wednesdays 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.

        • 10 classes – 10 hours of German instruction
          • January 11, 18, and 25
          • February 1, 8, 15, and 22
          • March 1, 8, and 15
        • Early Registration ends Sunday, December 4, 2022 (you get a $10 discount)
        • Regular Registration ends Sunday, December 25, 2022
        • Late Registration begins on Monday, December 26, 2022 (you pay $15 more for the course)
        • Tuition: $175 (Returning students receive 10% discount)
        • NO REGISTRATION FEE
        • Registration OPEN. Click here to register

ONLINE – 2023 Winter Term – 10-week German Grammar Classes for Adults – Strictly Grammar – Level B2+ – Jan 11 – Mar 15 (Wed)

Did you ever scratch  your head over a German grammar concept or are you enjoying solving puzzles? Well, look no further this grammar class is your opportunity to get into every detail the German language. We will be reviewing and practicing grammar concepts for level B2/C1 with the book “Grammatik aktiv. Verstehen. Ueben. Sprechen. B2-C1,” Cornelsen Verlag

      • Classes on Wednesdays – 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

        • 10 classes – 10 hours of German instruction
          • January 11, 18, and 25
          • February 1, 8, 15, and 22
          • March 1, 8, and 15
        • Early Registration ends Sunday, December 4, 2022 (you get a $10 discount)
        • Regular Registration ends Sunday, December 25, 2022
        • Late Registration begins on Monday, December 26, 2022 (you pay $15 more for the course)
        • Tuition: $265 (Returning students receive 10% discount)
        • NO REGISTRATION FEE
        • Registration OPEN. Click here to register.

ONLINE – 2023 Winter Term – Get Ready for Your Goethe Exam – Exam Preparation for Adults  – All Levels – Meets 4 Times by Arrangement

Are you planning to take one of the prestigious Goethe Exams (A1 – A2 – B1 – B2 – C1 – C2)? Practice and learn strategies for success with your private tutor in all four parts of the exam – reading, listening, writing, and speaking. By practicing model tests and simulating real exam situations, you will review important study content and become familiar with the demands of the exam and the procedures of your specific test.

      • Classes by Arrangement

        • 4 classes – 6 hours of German practice and instruction
        • Early Registration ends Sunday, December 4, 2022 (you get a $10 discount)
        • Regular Registration ends Sunday, December 25, 2022
        • Late Registration begins on Monday, December 26, 2022 (you pay $15 more for the course)
        • Tuition: $275 (Returning students receive 10% discount)
        • NO REGISTRATION FEE
        • Registration OPEN. Click here to register.

IN-PERSON – 2023 Winter Term –  Introductory Offer for In-Person A1 Beginning German Classes in the Oak Forest Area – Dec 13 – Feb 21 (Tue)

This pilot project is a collaboration between the German Institute for the Southwest and HLK for in-person German language classes in the Oak Forest area in Houston. This beginning German class introduces the learners to the German language and the daily lives of people in the German-speaking countries using both prepared and authentic materials with theme-related vocabulary and appropriate grammar that leads to fast, sustainable learning success.

The course is designed to offer a stimulating learning environment: the real-life content and tasks motivate the learners and make them speak quickly. They will also have the opportunity to practice listening, reading, and writing in German through a variety of engaging class activities.

      • Classes on Tuesdays – 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
        • 10 classes – 15 hours of German instruction
          • December 13, and 27
          • January 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31
          • February 7, 14, and 21
        • Each class is 1.5 hours long and includes two 45-minute teaching units
        • Early Registration ends Sunday, November 13, 2022 (you get a $10 discount)
        • Regular Registration ends Sunday, November 27, 2022
        • Late Registration begins on Monday, November 28, 2022 (you pay $15 more for the course)
        • Tuition: $265 (HLK Members receive a 10% discount)
        • NO REGISTRATION FEE
        • Registration OPEN. Click here to register.

IN-PERSON – 2023 Winter Term –  Introductory Offer for In-Person A1 Advanced Beginner German Classes in the Oak Forest Area – Dec 13 – Feb 21 (Tue)

This pilot project is a collaboration between the German Institute for the Southwest and HLK for in-person German language classes in the Oak Forest area in Houston. The advanced beginner German class introduces the learners to the German language and the daily lives of people in the German-speaking countries using both prepared and authentic materials with theme-related vocabulary and situationally embedded grammar that leads to fast, sustainable learning success.

The course is designed to offer a stimulating learning environment: the real-life content and tasks motivate the learners and make them speak quickly. They will also have the opportunity to practice listening, reading, and writing in German through a variety of engaging class activities.

      • Classes on Tuesdays – 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
        • 10 classes – 15 hours of German instruction
          • December 13 and 27
          • January 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31
          • February 7, 14, and 21
        • Each class is 1.5 hours long and includes two 45-minute teaching units
        • Early Registration ends Sunday, November 13, 2022 (you get a $10 discount)
        • Regular Registration ends Sunday, November 27, 2022
        • Late Registration begins on Monday, November 28, 2022 (you pay $15 more for the course)
        • Tuition: $265 (HLK Members receive a 10% discount)
        • NO REGISTRATION FEE
        • Registration OPEN. Click here to register.

IN-PERSON – 2023 Winter/Spring Terms – “Literaturkreis” – Level C1/C2 – Meets 4 Times a Year

Interested in reading and discussing a German boo? The Literaturkreis will meet four times a year on Saturday morning for 90 minutes. We will read and discuss books from the reading list of the Goethe-Institut C2 Pruefungsliste.  We will read Weitlings Sommerfrische (German edition) by Sten Nadolny, Piper Verlag. The first meeting will be on Saturday, January 7, 2023, from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Location to be announced.

      • Classes on Saturdays – 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

        • 4 classes – 6 hours of German instruction and discussion
          • January 14
          • April 1
          • Classes 3 + 4 by mutual agreement
        • Early Registration ends Sunday, December 4, 2022 (you get a $10 discount)
        • Regular Registration ends Sunday, December 25, 2022
        • Late Registration begins on Monday, December 26, 2022 (you pay $15 more for the course)
        • Tuition: $85 (Returning students receive 10% discount)
        • NO REGISTRATION FEE
        • Registration OPEN. Click here to register.

IMPORTANT DATES – ADULT GERMAN CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS 2023 – 2025

2023 WINTER TERM

Winter Term 2023:  January 9 – March 16, 2023
Early Registration:  November 14 – December 4,  2022 (except certain in-person classes)
Regular Registration: December 5 – December 25, 2022
Late Registration Begins:  December 26, 2022

2023 SPRING TERM

Spring Term 2023:  March 20 – May 25, 2023
Early Registration:  January 16 – February 12, 2023
Regular Registration:  February 13 – March 5, 2023
Late Registration Begins:  March 6, 2023

2023 SUMMER TERMS

Summer Term I 2023:  June 5 – August 10, 2023
Early Registration:  April 10 – April 30,  2023
Regular Registration:  May 1 – May 21, 2023
Late Registration Begins:  May 22, 2023

Summer Term II – Intensive 2023:  August 14 – 25, 2023
Early Registration:  June 19, 2023 – July 9, 2023
Regular Registration:  July 10 – July 29, 2023
Late Registration Begins:  July 30, 2023

2023 FALL TERM

Fall Term 2023: September 11 – November 16, 2023
Early Registration:  July 17, 2023 – August 6, 2023
Regular Registration:  August 7, 2023 – August 27, 2023
Late Registration Begins:  August 28, 2023

2024 WINTER TERM

Winter Term 2024:  January 8 – March 14, 2024
Early Registration:  November 6 – November 26, 2023
Regular Registration:  November 27 – December 17, 2023
Late Registration Begins:  December 18, 2023

2024 SPRING TERM

Spring Term 2024:  March 18 – May 23, 2024
Early Registration:  January 22 – February 11  3, 2024
Regular Registration:   February 12 – March  3, 2024
Late Registration Begins:  March 4,  2024

2024 SUMMER TERMS

Summer Term I 2024:  June 3 – August 8, 2024
Early Registration:  April 8 – April 21, 2024
Regular Registration:  April 29 – May 19, 2024
Late Registration Begins:  May 20, 2024

Summer Term II – Intensive 2024:  August 12 – 23, 2024
Early Registration:  June 17 – July 7, 2024
Regular Registration:  July 8 – July 28, 2024
Late Registration Begins:  July 29, 2024

2024 FALL TERM

Fall Term 2024: September 9 – November 14, 2024
Early Registration:  July 15 – August 4, 2024
Regular Registration:  August 5, 2024 – August 25, 2024
Late Registration Begins:  August 26, 2024

2025 WINTER TERM

Winter Term 2025:  January 6 – March 13, 2025
Early Registration:  November 11 – December 1, 2024
Regular Registration: December 2 – December 22, 2024
Late Registration Begins:  December 23, 2024

2025 SPRING TERM

Spring Term 2025:  March 17 – May 22, 2025
Early Registration:  January 20 – February 9, 2025
Regular Registration:  February 10 – March 2, 2025
Late Registration Begins:  March 3, 2025

2025 SUMMER TERMS

Summer Term I 2025:  June 2 – August 7, 2025
Early Registration:  April 7 – April 26, 2025
Regular Registration:  April 27 – May 18, 2025
Late Registration Begins:  May 19, 2025

Summer Term II – Intensive 2025:  August 11 – 22, 2025
Early Registration:  June 16, 2025
Regular Registration:  July 7 – July 27, 2025
Late Registration Begins:  July 28, 2025

2025 FALL TERM

Fall Term 2025: September 8 – November 13, 2025
Early Registration:  July 14 – August 3, 2025
Regular Registration:  August 4, 2025 – August 24, 2025
Late Registration Begins:  August 25, 2025