German: Beginner Level 2

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. Beginner Level 2 is for students who have at least 10 hours of classroom time in German within the last year, can ask and answer simple questions in areas of immediate need in German, and can use simple phrases and sentences to describe where they live and the people they know. Following the guidelines of the Common European Framework of Reference, students at this level will learn to identify common words concerning their immediate concrete surroundings, read very simple sentences, ask and answer simple questions on very familiar topics, and write a short, simple note. Instructor: Francesca Ferraris



Start Date

September 18, 2019









9 Wednesdays, 7:45-9:15pm. Begins Sep.19 No class Oct. 9

Please note, this course requires the additional purchase of a textbook: Themen Aktuell Lektionen 1-5. Students are generally asked to wait until after the first day of class to buy the book.

Instructors: Francesca Ferraris


Francesca Ferraris

Francesca is a native Italian. She moved from Rome to Vienna, Austria at the age of six. She completed German and Romance Studies with a Master's degree at the University of Vienna, where she later worked as an academic researcher with a special focus on German literature of the 17th century. For 12 years, Francesca headed one of the Wiener Volkshochschulen -- a renowned adult education center in Vienna. She has been teaching Italian and German classes of all levels for more than 30 years, and enjoys watching how students reach the ultimate goal of language acquisition, namely being themselves in a foreign language. Francesca moved to Boston with her family in 2007 and joined CCAE as German instructor in 2010. She has been CCAE's program manager for languages, history and travel & tours since 2017.