Intensive German Courses in London - Learn German Fast in a Group of 5 Students
German intensive courses with a maximum number of 5 students
Learn German fast and join one of our new German intensive courses with a maximum number of five students per class, taught by an Oxford-educated native German tutor with 20 years of experience in teaching the German language. Due to their small size, the courses are ideal for students who are keen to make rapid progress in the language because every student is given individual feedback in class and plenty of opportunity to practice what they learnt.
The courses are held in Holborn, Central London, and normally take place once a week, on weeknights or weekends. Even though most of our German classes are weekly courses, students normally pick up the language quite quickly and spend an average of two to three hours outside of the class on homework and revision. And for those students who are keen to progress even more quickly, they can join two or more courses a week. Unlike larger language schools where German courses tend to last for a term, our classes run continuously, excluding holidays, which allows new students to join our classes after their official start date. We also offer revision lessons to students who missed a class or two to ensure that they are able to catch up with the class and continue to make progress. In a class of only 5 students, it is important that everyone is at the same level, and our revision lessons help to ensure that the level is maintained. You will find more information on our revision lessons below. If you scroll down, you will also find our latest classes schedule. Let us know which of our intensive German courses works best for you, and get ready to learn German quickly.
Intensive German Courses*
Intensive courses (once a week)
Intensive courses (twice a week)
£40 / 90 mins
£35 / 90 mis
£60 / 60 mins
* including teaching material (most of which we have designed).
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, deposit payments are non-refundable.
Once clients 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. If a student firmly committed to attend the class on certain dates, the contract terminates with the end of the course (i.e. the last date to which the student committed).
The main difference between our normal classes and intensive courses is the pace at which we go through the material and the amount of homework and self-study that is required. In order to keep up a good pace, students are expected to spend at least two hours per week on homework and revision outside of class.
Each class will give you plenty of opportunity to speak German and practice your listening comprehension with your teacher as well as your fellow students. In each session we read and discuss texts on different topics, in order to build your vocabulary range and improve your confidence in using the language. Since grammar is such an important part of learning the language, the course will also cover at least one grammar topic in each class. We normally begin with the basics of German syntax, before we cover the cases, prepositions, and adjective endings.
Fast-paced German courses for rapid progress
Learn German fast- even if you miss a class or two
Everyone in London is busy and juggling work and social life. So we understand that it's difficult for many people to commit to weekly courses. Unlike larger language institutes where you might struggle to follow their courses if you you miss a class or two, we offer revision lessons in which we teach you what was covered in the lesson you missed. These revision sessions are usually one-on-one lessons 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.
Intensive German courses schedule and how it works
So how does it all work? If you have studied German before and you know your current level, you can scroll down to my current schedule. If you're unsure of your level, we should arrange assessment session, in which we are going to check your level and allocate you to the group that is best for you. Our assessments are thorough and include reading, comprehension, speaking and 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 Jens Olesen, the founder of Olesen Tuition, and the fee is £30. The actual group classes will then be at £40 pounds per person per for each 90-minutes class, unless you sign up for two intensive courses per week; in that case, the rate would be £35 for each of the weekly sessions if you attend both classes. The payment for the first class needs to be made in advance. If you're happy to continue, we then require an advance payment of five classes as deposit and ask you to firmly commit to certain dates on which 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.
If you are absolute beginner and have never studied German before, you can simply sign up for one of our beginner courses. Please feel free to email us if you have any questions. You might also check our answers to FAQ below.
If missed the start date of one of our courses, you can arrange revision lessons with us and catch up on what you missed. These revision lessons can be one-to-one sessions or you could split the cost with other new students.
Current schedule of our intensive German courses
A1.1 (Absolute beginner)
Other courses might be added soon. Contact me 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)
Thursdays 5.45-7.15pm NEW Intensive German Course in Holborn (two spots left; join the class by emailing email@example.com)
C2 (Working Towards Fluency)
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.
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.
Unsure which group is right
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
is a lot to choose from ;).
Please don't hesitate to contact us for more information.
FAQ about our Intensive German Courses
1) How many classes does each German intensive course involve?
Our intensive courses do not run on a termly basis but continue for as long as our students like. Students usually progress from one level to another as a group and leave the course when they have reached their goal.
2) Do I need to commit to a certain number of classes?
In order to guarantee that the classes can run as planned, we ask students to firmly commit to five dates on which they want to attend the class in line with their advance payment. One of the classes students committed to 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. Failure to attend the other class means that the full fee will be charged. Students who have signed up for a course they stay enrolled until they inform us of their wish to withdraw from the course and terminate the contract. If a student firmly committed to attend the class on certain dates, the contract ends with the last date to which the student committed.
3) How long does it take to progress from one level to another?
It takes on average three to four months to move up an entire level, for example from A1 to A2. Students in our courses are highly motivated and keen to make rapid progress.
4) Are the courses intensive enough when the class only meets once a week?
While having lessons several times a week would be ideal, our courses are designed in such a way that students learn German fast even when they join a course that is held only once a week. However, there sometimes is a possibility to add a second class a week to our schedule. Just email me and I'm happy to advise.
5) Do I need to buy a book for my course?
No. We 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 in the best for students.
6) What happens if I miss a class?
No problem. Just arrange a revision session with your teacher who will then bring you up-to-date with the course. These revision sessions are £55 per hour, but the cost can often be split with others who also missed the class.
7) Is it possible to switch classes?
Yes, it is possible to switch classes if there is space in the other class.
8) Would I be able to join a class and work with you privately to accelerate my progress?
Yes, it is possible to complement group classes with private lessons. Email me and I'm happy to advise.
9) Would I be able to get a certificate at the end of the course?
While Olesen Tuition does not produce certificates, our students normally perform very well when they sit exams at the Goethe-Institut.
10) What payment methods do you accept?
We accept bank transfer, PayPal and cash payments.
11) 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.