German: Beginner Level 4

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 at least 35 hours of classroom time in German within the last 2 years, can read very short, simple texts, can communicate in routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar topics, and can use a series of phrases to discuss in simple terms areas of immediate personal relevance. Following the guidelines of the Common European Framework of Reference, students at this level will learn to handle short social exchanges, read short, simple texts, write simple, personal letters, and talk about past events. Instructors include: Diana Erinna, Eillen Schneider



Start Date

September 19, 2019









9 Thursdays, 9:30-11am. Begins Sep. 19

Please note, this course requires the additional purchase of a textbook: Themen Aktuell Lektion 6-10; Glossar (ISBN: 978-3191916909). Please wait with the purchase after attending the first class.

Instructors: Diana Erinna


Diana Erinna

Diana is a German native from then East Germany who holds a degree in German as a Foreign Language. After arriving in the US, Diana enjoyed teaching students at Harvard University followed by leading the German program at Northeastern University Boston. She has developed the German program’s language curriculum and course materials there, and has led several “German Language and Culture” courses to Germany.

“Everyone is different, and we learn in different ways. I pride myself on being flexible, creative, and with over 20 years of experience teaching German. I take into account what your goal is, and what is the right method for you. I integrate what is important to you whether it is business culture, pronunciation, presentation or sentence structure and grammar – the main focus remains on competence in the language, culture and communication.”