- Placement Test (if required)
- Assessment of your Learning Goals
- Introduction Level - New Learners
- Six Learning Levels - Beginner to Advanced
- Listening and Speaking
- Reading and Writing
- Test preparation
Course books, practice tests and study materials are available. The books used or recommended will depend on each student's aim, and their level of ability.
A1 Level German
A common reason people chose to learn the German language is because they are going to visit Germany. This may be for work, personal reasons or to study abroad.
In some cases a test needs to be passed as a part of the visa application process. The level is referred to as anything from A1 to B1. This is in reference to an international scale of ability. See details below.
German as a Foreign Language
The German language course at PLC School focuses on German as a Foreign Language. There is more time given to speaking, listening and social language practice. This provides useful everyday language, and also helps students who intend to study for the A1 visa test.
New to German Language?
German for New Learners is available at PLC School. Students start with the basics and build vocabulary and language from the very beginning with a Thai speaking native German teacher.
- Build vocabulary
- Speaking and listening practice
- Learn to make simple sentences
New Learner courses focus on language skills and confidence building through use, and include speaking, listening, and role-play activities. Simple grammar is introduced to help to produce accurate language as a new learner progresses. The aim is to prepare and progress to beginner level German language and test preparation.
Finding your Level
If you have studied German language before, it is important to find the level that suits your German language ability. Courses that are too difficult or too easy are not helpful in terms of learning a subject well.
PLC School uses professional placement tests to ensure your level is measured as accurately as possible. Placement test results are used to indentify your CEFR level.
CEFR is short for: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment.
This is an international assessment standard commonly used by universities, publishers, employers and language schools. The German version is referred to as Gemeinsame europäische Referenzrahmen für Sprachen (GeRS)
|A1 - A2||B1 - B2||C1 - C2|
CEFR test scores relate to a scale of six levels (plus a new learner level). Your learning level within CEFR will depend on your test score. Once your score is known, PLC School can then set your course within the correct level as follows: New learner (A0), beginner, elementary, pre-intermediate, intermediate, upper intermediate or advanced.
How many study hours do I need?
The answer depends on how often you study, how well you progress, and what your aims are.
If your aim is to improve your general social German, have fun and understand new language at your own speed, level progression may not be so important to you. In this case, your initial progression in class and through the course book will indicate how many units or subjects you are likely to cover during your study hours.
Tests for visas
German language tests for visas are often more urgent or time sensitive as they are connected to visa application and travel plans. In many cases students are completely new to German language, or are not at the required level. The progression from new learner to A1 level is estimated at between 80 and 200 hours of guided study. This includes practice within the exam format.
The skills expected at each level
Language tests usually include all the language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing)
- A0 - You cannot speak or understand German language
- A1 - Full requirements for this level are as follows:
- You can understand and can answer simple questions
- You can understand and use everyday expressions and very simple sentences
- You can introduce yourself and others
- You can ask and respond to social questions:"Where do you live?" for example
- You can communicate if the person you are speaking to speaks slowly and adapts their language to help you
- A2 - You can take part in everyday conversations
- B1 - You can read and write simple text without errors
- B2 - You are able to take part in discussions and give opinions
- C1 - You can write essays and read newspapers and literature
Courses Prices and Options
Single, Twin or Group Classes
One-to-one classes are available and offer a highly focused learning process for fast progression.
Twin Classes gives two students (at a similar level) the opportunity to learn together. This can help with confidence and friends can support each other during study.
Group Classes can give a more open and social feel that's often associated with larger classes. Time slots are not as flexible, but these classes are ideal if you prefer to learn in a group environment.
Study Hours and Discounts
PLC School offers flexible options for study hours. You do not have to book extensive amounts of time. You can manage your hours and payment by buying blocks of study time to suit your available time or budget.
If you have a friend or friends who also want to study, you can take advantage of discounts by attending as a pair (a twin class) or as small group (three or more people). You can also apply to join an existing group class.
Study hours can be bought in blocks. Discounts relate to the number of students per class (twin or group).
- Example price for 20 Hours
- from 10,900 THB per student
Course books, practice tests and study materials are available but are not included in the course cost. The cost of books and materials can be given once your learning level is known.
Discounts: Study time is available in 10, 20 and 60 hour blocks. Discounts apply and depend on the number of hours or the number of students per class.
Foreign Students: If you require an education visa (6 months or 1 year), a set number of study hours and weekly class attendance is a legal requirement.
Extra Modules and Options
PLC Deutsch Kultur
You can add a 10 or 20 hour German culture course to your language studies for a complete language and culture course. This colourful, multimedia course features eight modules with specific topics including modern social culture, history, towns and cities, transport, currency and much more. Each module has slide presentations, video, quizzes and tests. A certificate is available for the full course.
Full Course Options include:
- German Language (German as a Foreign Language)
- German language and preparation for A1 Visa test
- German Language and Culture (8 culture modules)
- German Culture only (8 culture modules)
Note: German culture can be taken as a certified course if all the modules and module tests and assignments are taken and passed (optional).