German Classes in London and Online With Only 5 Students-
Daytime, Evening, Weekend German Courses
If you prefer to learn German in a group setting but don't like the idea of large classes where the teacher can't provide you with individual feedback, then our small German classes with only 5 permanent students per class might be ideal for you. Our small German language courses are designed for rapid progress in the language and taught by experienced native tutors who know what it takes to learn German fast.
Small German classes*
£40 / 90 mins
£70 / 60 mins
free of charge
Here is why you should learn German with us
our German classes have only five permanent students per course and are taught by experienced native tutors
no advance payment for 10 weeks or more. Instead you pay for the classes you signed up for (see terms below)
no term structure, so our German courses run continuously without long breaks
we offer classes for any schedule-daytime, evening German classes as well as weekend German courses
our German courses are designed for rapid progress
German language courses from beginner level to advanced (A1-C2)
Unlike other language institutes, we offer a lot more flexibility. We do not ask you for a bulk payment for the whole course. Instead, you get to try your first class at our normal rate of £40 for a 90 minute session before you commit to anything. If you enjoy the class and decide to continue, we ask you to pay for 5 classes at a time. We also don't run our German classes on a term basis. Rather, our classes run for as long as our students like (excluding holidays) and they work with us until they have reached their goal. Groups usually progress from one level to another and work with us until they are competent or even fluent in the language.
My name is Jens. I'm the founder and director of Olesen Tuition and I have worked as a German tutor for over 20 years and university teacher for 6 years. I established my company in 2015 with the intention to offer high quality one-to-one tuition and small-group German courses that are more flexible than other language schools. Since then I have taught German courses at all levels, ranging from beginner level (A1) to advanced (C1 and C2), and hired other experienced native tutors who teach some of my German classes and also work at the Goethe-Institut in London. So whether you are an absolute beginner or close to fluency in the language, you will find the right kind of support here to learn the language properly.
How we run our daytime, evening, and weekend German classes
If you have never studied German before, you can sign up for one of our A1.1 German courses for absolute beginner right away. If you are not a complete beginner but you know your current level, you can scroll down to our current schedule and pick the class that suits you best. When signing up for a class, please tell us where you studied German before and up to what level. If you're unsure of your level, we should arrange an assessment to determine your level and allocate you to the group that is best for you. Our assessments are 15-25 minute sessions and include reading, listening comprehension, speaking and occasionally even written exercises, in order to ensure that we find the most suitable class for you. Our assessments are free of charge, but you must commit to at least one of our group classes in order to book it. The actual group classes will then be the rate of £40 for our 90 minute intensive German courses. If you are looking to progress very quickly, it is possible to attend more than one class a week. Check our super intensive German courses for more information.
The payment for the first class needs to be made in advance. If you're to happy to continue, we then require an advance payment of five classes as a deposit and ask you to firmly commit to five dates when you are able to attend the class. One of these classes you committed to can be rescheduled free of charge within one calendar month if cancelled with more than 24 hours' notice. Otherwise, the full fee will be charged. So how does this work? Let's say you want to join a weekly Sunday course from 23rd June and know in advance that you will have to miss class on 21st July. You can then confirm your attendance for 23rd June, 7th, 14th, 28th July and 4th August and use your deposit for those classes. If your plans change and you realise you can't make, say, the class on 14th July after all and you inform us of your absence by email with more than 24 hours' notice, you can reschedule this class for any other Sunday class of your course and occasionally other classes at your level within one calendar month so, say, Sunday 11th August without having to pay for the class on 14th July. With this flexible arrangement, our classes are ideal for professionals. Please take a look at our Terms and Conditions for more information.
Terms and conditions
In order to guarantee that the classes can run as planned, we ask students to firmly commit to a block of five dates at a time that correspond with their payment for five classes. Failure to attend the classes on those five dates means that the full classes fee will be charged. One of the classes can be rescheduled free of charge within one calendar month if attendance is cancelled with more than 24 hours' notice. Otherwise, the full fee for that class will be deducted from the advance payment. Unfortunately, deposits are non-refundable.
Once students have signed up for a course, they stay enrolled until they inform us by email of their wish to withdraw from the course and terminate the contract. Otherwise, their attendance automatically renews in blocks of five classes. The assumption is that students attend all classes unless they inform us otherwise.
What is the format of our German courses?
Due to their small size, our German classes give you plenty of opportunity to practice your spoken German and listening comprehension with me and the other participants. In each session we read and discuss texts on different topics, in order to build your vocabulary and grow your confidence in using the language.
Since grammar is such an important aspect of the language, we also cover at least one grammar topic in each class. We usually begin with the fundamentals of German word order, before we teach the cases, prepositions, and adjective endings. Our grammar training has been so effective through the years that my students are often complimented on their German. Take a look at our German language blog for examples of our grammar explanations.
In order not to interrupt the flow in speaking, we tend to give hand signals to indicate grammatical errors, which allow you to correct yourself. This might sound silly at first, but it's a very effective way to achieve grammatical accuracy in speaking German without undermining your confidence in speaking German. Language learning should be good fun yet thorough at the same time- and this is the experience we're aiming to provide.
What are the advantages of learning the language in a small German class?
The main advantage of learning the language in small groups is that you learn not just from us but also from your fellow students. Their contributions and questions might clarify aspects of grammar that you had not fully understood. They also act as a 'support network', since you will see that they struggle with challenging grammar topics in German just like you. Often, our groups also meet outside of our classes to practice their German further. So small groups can be a great way to learn German quickly without feeling left behind in a large classroom.
Where and when are your German classes held?
We offer German language courses for any schedule. Whether you have time to spare before work, prefer to join a class during the day, in the evening or on the weekend- we have the right course for you. So just sign up for one of our classes by emailing us today and learn German with us. We will then get back to you to confirm your spot in the course, check with you which dates you won't be able to make, and ask for the payment of the first class to secure your place in the class. If you're happy with the first class, we ask for an an advance payment of five classes that we keep as a deposit.
If you're interested to join one of our German courses a few weeks after it started, you can arrange revision lessons with us and catch up on what you missed. These revision lessons can be one-to-one sessions with us or you could split the cost with other new students. If you're interested, just get in touch by email or use our contact form and we'll give you more details on times and location.
Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions about me or my classes. Also check my answers to FAQ.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Why you should sign up for a German course with us
✅ Our German courses are taught by excellent native tutors with many years of teaching experience who know how to teach the language properly.
✅ With only 5 permanent students, our classes offer the ideal setting to learn German quickly.
✅ Our German classes offer flexibility: try the first class and if you enjoy it, you commit to just 5 classes at a time on dates when you are free to attend the class.
✅ We offer German courses for any schedule- before or after work, during the day, and on the weekend.
German classes schedule- daytime, evening, and weekend German courses
To sign up for, or get more information about, any of our current German classes please email us or use our contact form. You will find a detailed description of what our German courses normally cover here. On our German language blog, we also explain the difference between the levels from A1 to C2.
Sundays 12-1.30pm NEW Intensive German Course (taught by my colleague Andrea. Three spots left. Sign up for this new online A1.1 German course now)
Mondays 7.40-9.10pm NEW Intensive German Course (at the Barbican; taught by my colleague Anja. Sign up for this new in-person A1.1 German course now. Only two spots left)
Did you miss the start date of one of our new courses? No problem. We have arranged joint revision lessons where you can split the cost with other new clients and catch up on what you missed. For our Sunday class, you only need one revision lesson, whereas for our Monday course you need three, provided of course you have no prior knowledge of the German language. Please get in touch if you're interested to find out more.
Wednesdays 6.30-8pm NEW Intensive German Course (start date 7th of September; taught by my colleague Uta. Three spots left. Sign up for this new A1.1 online German course now)
Thursdays 6-7.30pm NEW Intensive German Course (start date 22nd of September; taught by Jens. This class can be joined in-person at our office in Hampstead or remotely via Zoom. Sign up for this new A1.1 online German course now)
Spaces in the courses listed as "currently full" might become available and other courses might be added soon. Contact us to find out more.
If you are an absolute beginner, you can join any of our A1.1 German classes after one or more revision lessons at £70 per hour. The cost of these could be split with other students or booked as one-to-one tutorials with us. Just email us to find out more.
A1.2 (Beginner with some prior knowledge)
Mondays 7-8.30pm Intensive German Course (taught by my colleague Annika who previously taught at the Humboldt Institute and the Goethe Institute in Santiago de Chile. Only one spot left. Sign up for this online A1.2 German course now)
Tuesdays 7-8.30pm NEW Intensive German Course (taught by my colleague Annika who previously taught at the Humboldt Institute and the Goethe Institute in Santiago de Chile. Sign up for this new online German class now. Just one spot left)
Sundays 7-8.30pm NEW Intensive German Course (taught by Andrea. Book your spot in this new online A2.1 German course now)
Mondays 6.30-8pm NEW Intensive German Course (taught by my colleague Uta who previously taught at the Goethe Institut in London. Sign up for this online A2.1. German class now. Three spots left. Sign up now)
Wednesdays 6-7.30pm NEW Intensive German Course (taught by Annika. Book your spot on this new online A2.1 German course)
Sundays 1-2.30pm NEW Intensive German Course (start date 18th of September: taught by Jens. This class can be joined in-person at our office in Hampstead or remotely via Zoom. Sign up for this new online B1.1 German course now)
Mondays 6-7.30pm Intensive German Course (taught by my colleague Anja. Currently full)
Wednesdays 7.30-9pm NEW Intensive German Course (Only two spots left. Sign up for this new online B1.1 German course now)
Sundays 2.30-4pm NEW Intensive German Course (start date 18th of September; taught by Jens. Sign up for this new online B2.1 German course now)
Mondays 6-7.30pm NEW Intensive German Course (taught by Katja. Sign up for this new online B2.1 German course now)
Tuesdays 7.30-9pm NEW Intensive German Course (Sign up for this new online B2.1 German course now)
Mondays 7-8.30pm NEW Intensive German Course (start date TBC. Just email us if you're interested in this German course)
Thursdays 7.30-9pm NEW Intensive German Course (start date TBC)
Sundays 1-2.30pm NEW Intensive German Course (start date 18th of September. Contact us to sign up for this online C1.1 German course now)
Tuesdays 7-8.30pm NEW Intensive German Course (start date 6th of September; taught by my colleague Sylvia. Contact us to sign up for this online C1.1 German course now)
Wednesdays 6.30-8pm NEW Intensive German Course (taught by my colleague Uta. Sign up for this new C1.1 online German course now)
Sundays 5.30-7pm Intensive German Course (taught by Jens; One spot left. Sign up for this online C1.2 German course now)
Sundays 5.30-7pm NEW Intensive German Course (TBC. Just email us if you'd like to know more about this course)
If you are unsure of your level or which class might be suitable for you, just send us an email and we are happy to advise. It's always possible to join classes later on, if we meet for a catch-up lesson or two (details of which you find below). New classes start regularly, so if none of these times work for you, drop us a message to get the latest update on my schedule.
Please note that the times of our German courses are in British Summer Time (BST).
Unsure which level is right
Then let's meet for an assessment and consultation session where we advise you on the various options we can offer you. Our assessments include reading comprehension, speaking, and writing exercises, in order to determine your current level of German. These sessions last for 15 minute and they are currently free of charge, but you must commit to at least one group class to book them. Contact us here to book yours now
Is there a grammar topic that you never learned properly? No problem. Attend one of our classes on a one-off basis to learn about that topic. Just email us for further information.
Jens is an amazing teacher, very passionate and enthusiastic, and always happy to answer your questions. I started the course 3 months before moving to Berlin and I am now using everything we have learned, it has been so useful!
Attended the group classes for about a year before moving to Berlin and it was the best decision ever. I'm now able to find my way around and I can easily build on the knowledge I already have. Doing evening classes can be tough sometimes but it was always fun with Jens as he has a great attitude towards teaching and he always has his inventive ways how to exlain the grammar. Thanks, Jens!
Jens is a brilliant teacher. Knowledgable yet funny, professional yet easygoing. He actually makes learning German fun! I only had lessons for a few months before moving to Germany. However, in that time Jens helped me build a solid foundation in German. If my next tutor is half as good as Jens I'll be happy.
If you’re interested to learn more about the German language, check out our German Language Blog "Auf Deutsch, bitte!". There we also have posts on the most beautiful German words, false friends in German and English, give you tips on how to avoid the most common mistakes in German and how to quickly improve your German, you learn about adjective ending rules in German, the German cases, German word order, and many other topics. We also have posts suitable language learners more generally, such as a comparison between online dictionaries like Linguee, dict.cc, dict.leo and Collins, and a review of the apps Duolingo, Memrise, Babbel, Busuu, and Quizlet. So check out our blog.