German: Beginner Level 1

The German language boasts about 120 million native speakers. It is the most widely spoken native language in the European Union. The German-speaking countries are ranked fifth in terms of annual publication of new books, with one tenth of all books (including e-books) in the world being published in German language. Count yourself among its learners in this series of engaging classes, emphasizing spoken production and interaction. All classes are taught by highly educated and experienced native speakers, representing a variety of cultures and accents.This level is for students who have not studied the language before, or have less than 10 hours of classroom time within the last year. Following the guidelines of the Common European Framework of Reference, students at this level will learn to identify common words concerning themselves and their families, read basic vocabulary, ask and answer simple questions in areas of immediate need, and use simple phrases and sentences to describe familiar people and places. Instructors: Petra Bittner, Diana Erinna



Start Date

September 21, 2020









9 Mondays, 6-7:30pm. Begins Sep. 21 No class Oct. 12

This class will meet online using Zoom. The zoom link and information on how to join will be emailed to you.
If you register the day before the class begins or after the first date, please contact for the link. 

Please note, this course requires the additional purchase of a textbook: Themen Aktuell Lektionen 1-5; Glossar (ISBN: 978-3191816902)

Instructors: Petra Bittner


Petra Bittner

Petra is a German native from Berlin who holds a degree in English literature (PhD) and teaching German (MA/Staatsexamen). She lived in Boston from 1998 to 2007, teaching language and cultural studies classes for Boston University, Harvard University and MIT. She spent the last 13 years in Munich where she taught cultural studies and business communication courses for different universities as well as language and literature classes for the adult education center in Munich (MVHS).

Petra loves the cultural diversity in adult education classes as well as the relaxed but dedicated atmosphere in the classroom. Her priority is to cater to the individual needs of learners, so they can attain their goals. In her teaching she focuses on communicative competency and cultural awareness.