German Classes in London | Evening & Weekend German Courses with Only 5 Students
If you prefer to learn 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-group German classes with only 5 students per class might be ideal for you.
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 lessons. Since then I have taught classes with up to 5 students at different levels of German, ranging from beginner level (A1 and A2) to advanced (C1 and C2), and hired other experienced native tutors who teach some of my small 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.
Small German classes*
£40 / 90 mins
£60 / hour per
Learn German with us
our classes have no more than five 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 courses run continuously without long breaks
our courses are designed for rapid progress
* including teaching material (most of which I have designed myself).
Terms and conditions
In order to guarantee that the classes can run as planned, we ask students to firmly commit to certain dates. Failure to attend such classes 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 (that is, decided to continue after the first class), they stay enrolled until they inform us of their wish to withdraw from the course and terminate the contract. The assumption is that students attend all classes unless they inform us otherwise.
German language courses for beginner, intermediate and advanced students
Due to their small size, our group lessons give you plenty of opportunity to practice your conversational 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.
What is the format of our London German courses?
If you are not a complete beginner, there will be an assessment session, in which I'm going to check your level and allocate you to the group that is best for you. My assessments are thorough and include reading, listening comprehension, speaking and occasionally even writing exercises, in order to ensure that all participants in the group have the same level of German. This assessment session for students who know some German is a 15-25 minute one-on-one lesson with me and the fee is £30. The actual group classes will then be the rate of £40 for my 90 minute intensive German courses. If you are looking to progress very quickly, it is possible to attend more than one class a week.
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 deposit and ask you to firmly commit to certain 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 then 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.
Unlike other language institutes, we do not ask for bulk payments for the whole course or run our courses on a termly basis. Instead, students work with us until they have reached their goal and classes run for as long as our students like. Groups usually progress from one level to another and work with us until they are competent or even fluent in the language.
If you have never studied German before, we will only need to know a bit about you before we get started; for instance, whether you have studied foreign languages before and up to what level, and then we will put you in a group with students of a similar background.
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 syntax, 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.
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.
What are the advantages of learning German in a small group?
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, or they act as a 'support network' when we hit one of the many challenging grammar topics in German. 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.
Our classes take place at quiet cafes in Holborn, Barbican, the City or in South Kensington. We don't run our classes on a termly basis. Instead, our classes run for as long as our students like (excluding holidays). So just sign up for one of our groups by emailing us (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 email@example.com 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 below.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Please note that, due to COVID-19, all our classes are held remotely via zoom until further notice. The app is free of charge to our clients. Just contact me if you have any questions.
A1.1 (Absolute beginner)
Mondays 7-8.30 NEW Intensive German Course (start date 6th of July; taught by my colleague Andreas who also teaches at the Goethe-Institut in Hamburg. Sign up now as spaces are limited to five students per class)
Wednesdays 6.30-8pm NEW Intensive German Course (start date 8th of July: taught by my colleague Andreas who also teaches at the Goethe-Institut in Hamburg. Sign up now as spaces are limited to five students per class)
Thursdays 7.30-9pm NEW Intensive German Course (start date 9th of July: taught by my colleague Andreas who also teaches at the Goethe-Institut in Hamburg. Sign up now as spaces are limited to five students per class)
Spaces in the courses listed as "currently full" might become available and other courses might be added soon. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
If you are an absolute beginner, you can join any of our A1.1. or A1.2 classes after one or more revision lessons at £60 per hour. The cost of these could be split with other students or booked as one-to-one tutorials with me. Just email me to find out more.
A1.2 (Beginner with some prior knowledge)
Sundays 11.30-1pm Intensive German Course in Holborn (one spot left; taught by my colleagues Peggy und Katja who also work at the Goethe-Institut in London)
Mondays 7.40-9.10pm Intensive German Course (one spot left; taught by my colleague Katja who also teaches at the Goethe-Institut in London)
Tuesdays 8-9.30am NEW Intensive German Course (one spot left; taught by my colleague Andrea who also teaches at the Goethe-Institut)
Tuesdays 7.30-9pm NEW Intensive German Course (one spot left; taught by my colleague Anja who also teaches at the Goethe-Institut in London)
Sundays 11.30-1pm NEW Intensive German Course in Holborn (one spot left; taught by my colleagues Peggy und Katja who also work at the Goethe-Institut in London)
Mondays 6-7.30pm Intensive German Course (one spot left; taught by my colleague Anja who also teaches at the Goethe-Institut in London)
Tuesdays 6-7.30pm NEW Intensive German Course (one spot left; taught by my colleague Anja who also teaches at the Goethe-Institut in London)
Sundays 3-4.30pm NEW Intensive German Course in Holborn (one spot left; taught by my colleagues Peggy und Katja who also work at the Goethe-Institut in London)
Mondays 6-7.30pm Intensive German Course (one spot left; taught by my colleague Katja who also teaches at the Goethe-Institut in London)
Sundays 1.15-2.45pm Intensive German Course (one spot left; taught by my colleagues Peggy und Katja who also work at the Goethe-Institut in London)
Thursdays 7.15-8.45pm NEW Intensive German course in Holborn (two spots left; taught by Jens)
Thursdays 7.15-8.45pm NEW Intensive German course (taught by my colleague Andrea who also works at the Goethe-Institut)
Sundays 4.45-6.15pm NEW Intensive German Course (one spot left; taught by my colleagues Peggy und Katja who also work at the Goethe-Institut in London)
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.
German Classes Schedule
Unsure which group is right
Then let's meet for an assessment and consultation session where I advise you on the various options I can offer you. My assessments include reading, comprehension, speaking and writing exercises, in order to determine your current level of German. These sessions are 15-25 minute lessons with me and the fee is £30. Contact me here and book your session now.
Are there certain grammar topics that you never learnt properly? No problem. Email me and I'll tell you when my group classes cover the topic you want to revise or learn about. Cases, prepositions, pronouns, adjective endings, word order etc. There's a lot to choose from ;).
FAQ about my German classes
1) How many lessons does each class involve?
We don't run the classes on a term basis. Instead our small group German classes run for as long as our students like. So join one of our classes until you have reached your goal.
2) Do I need to commit to a certain number of classes?
Yes, we want to make sure that classes can run as planned, so we ask students to firmly commit to certain class dates. Failure to attend such classes means that the full classes fee will be charged. However, 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.
3) What happens if I miss a class?
Unlike larger language institutes where you might no longer be able to follow the course if you miss a class or two, we are happy to see you for 'catch-up' lessons, in which we revise what was covered in the lessons you missed. These revision sessions are usually one-on-one lessons with us at £60 per hour, but of course it's possible to split the cost with other students if they also missed the class. After the revision session, you should be able to follow the next group lesson with ease. Normally, two group lessons equal one private lesson.
4) How long does it take to progress from one level to another?
Due to their small size, our students progress quickly. On average, our weekly classes move up an entire level every four months, e.g. from A1 to A2. With most classes just being held once a week, that's very fast.
5) Do I need to buy a book for my course?
It depends on the level. We usually work with a combination of our own material and texts and exercises from various sources. There is no such thing as the perfect text book and there is no material that suits everyone, so this strategy is usually best for students.
6) Is it possible to switch classes?
Your timetable might have changed and you're hoping to join a class at the same level just on a different day. No problem. Provided there is enough space in the other class, it's possible to switch. Unlike larger language schools where you automatically progress from one level to another, we carefully monitor our students' progress and recommend a change of class whenever that's in the interest of my students- either because they picked up the language more quickly than their classmates or because they need more time to digest what they learnt. Everyone learns in their own pace and that's how it should be.
7) Would I be able to join a class and work with you privately to accelerate my progress?
Yes, it is possible to combine group classes and one-to-one lessons. However, as you would progress more quickly than the others in the class you originally joined, you might need to move to a higher level course when you have reached that level. Email us and we are happy to advise.
8) Would I be able to get a certificate at the end of the course?
While we don't produce certificates, our students perform very well when they sit exams at the Goethe-Institut. Email us and we are happy to advise. Of course, we are happy to produce letters confirming your attendance in class and progress reports.
9) What payment methods do you accept?
You can pay us by bank transfer, PayPal, or in cash. The payment for the first class needs to be made in advance. If you're then happy to continue, we require an advance payment of five classes as deposit.
10) My employer pays for my classes. Do you produce invoices?
Yes, of course. Just let us know that you need an invoice and we are happy to email it to you.