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Language courses

Alpadia proposes an extensive selection of courses at each school

Our adult language courses are taught using a dynamic and interactive learning style, encouraging you to actively participate in classroom discussions on diverse themes, group exercises, debates and role play activity. This methodology allows you plenty of opportunity to apply your newly acquired German or French communication skills, helping you build your confidence in the language.

We offer various language course types adapted to varying requirements and different learning objectives. Starting from our minimum recommendation of 20 lessons per week, we also propose intensive, premium, exam preparation and private classes. Or you can combine different classes to create your own customised structure. University pathway and work internship programmes are also available, merging language learning with professional development

To view a sample weekly schedule, please click here

Intensive 25

25 lessons per week

The Intensive 25 course differs form the Standard 20 course in that it offers a more in-depth study of the language thanks to five additional lessons per week dedicated to oral communication. You’ll be then able to practice and improve your communication skills through role-plays and simulation exercises. The minimum duration for A1* absolute beginners is two weeks. *Specific start dates for absolute beginners > A1.

  • Levels

    Beginner to advanced A1* > C1

  • Duration

    1 to 48 weeks

  • Lessons

    25 per week
    Standard 20 + 5 oral communication

  • Start dates

    Every Monday, all year round*

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Standard 20

20 lessons per week

An excellent choice if you want to improve your general linguistic communication skills and still have free time. Classes usually take place in the morning, so that you can make the most of your time off in the afternoon and take part in the organised activities, perfect for exercising your new language skills! The minimum duration for A1* absolute beginners is two weeks. *Specific start dates for absolute beginners > A1.

  • Levels

    Beginner to advanced A1* > C1

  • Duration

    1 to 48 weeks

  • Lessons

    20 per week

  • Start dates

    Every Monday, all year round*

More information Free online quote

Exam Prep 30

30 lessons per week

Ideal for students wishing to intensively prepare for a French or German language exam. With two daily preparation lessons, in addition to the Standard 20, to study the specific content of the chosen exam, the class size is limited to six participants to guarantee the best results.

  • Levels

    Intermediate to advanced B1 > C1
    see Certificates

  • Duration

    4 weeks

  • Lessons

    30 per week
    Standard 20 + 10 exam preparation in mini-group

  • Start dates

    According to exam date

More information Free online quote

Premium 30

30 lessons per week

Suitable for motivated students wishing to make rapid progress. The sixth daily lesson added to the Intensive 25 course is focused on writing skills organised in a mini-group with a maximum of 6 participants. This is a quick and effective option to improve your oral and written communication skills. The minimum duration for A1* absolute beginners is two weeks. *Specific start dates for absolute beginners > A1.

  • Levels

    Beginner to advanced A1* > C1

  • Duration

    1 to 48 weeks

  • Lessons

    30 per week
    Intensive 25 + 5 written communication in mini-group

  • Start dates

    Every Monday, all year round*

More information Free online quote

Combi 5 & 10 courses

25 or 30 lessons per week

Designed for students who wish to combine a group course with private lessons to acquire a deeper knowledge of the language. Additional one-to-one tuition mixed with group classes allows you to make the most of the course and ensures maximum progress. The minimum duration for A1* absolute beginners is two weeks. *Specific start dates for absolute beginners > A1.

  • Levels

    Combi 5: Beginner to advanced A1* > C1
    Combi 10: Beginner to advanced A1* > C1

  • Duration

    1 to 48 weeks

  • Lessons

    25 or 30 per week
    Standard 20 + 5 or + 10 private

  • Start dates

    Every Monday, all year round*

More information Free online quote

Private

Intensity and duration based on your needs

Tailor-made to meet your individual objectives. With your private teacher, you will work specifically on the skills you wish to develop and progress according to your needs, at your own pace. Specific topics covered include culture, business, finance and healthcare, preparing you for situations you may encounter in your field of activity.

  • Levels

    Beginner to advanced A1 > C1

  • Duration

    Tailor-made

  • Lessons

    Intensity according to set objectives

  • Start dates

    Throughout the year
    except in July and August

More information Free online quote

Official certificates

Improve your language skills and return home with an official diploma

We offer a wide range of exam options and exam dates. Enjoy maximum flexibility to take the exam of your choice at the time that fits your schedule.

For information on the examination dates, please consult the "Dates & fees" section found on each of our adult language school pages.

DELF/DALF

Diploma in French Studies

The DELF (A1 to B2) and DALF (C1 and C2) are official diplomas awarded by the French National Ministry of Education in order to certify skills in French as a Foreign Language. They are made up of six independent diplomas corresponding to the six levels of the CEFR. Students have the possibility to enrol directly for the exam of their choice. At each level, four skills are assessed: writing, speaking, reading and listening. A version designed for teenagers is also available.

Officially recognised in more than 150 countries, the DELF/DALF diplomas are in high demand in academic and professional fields. These exams are offered three times a year on fixed dates in the regional exam centres located within direct proximity of our schools in Montreux and Lyon. We offer DELF/DALF preparation courses for the levels: B1 / B2 / C1.

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TCF

Test in French language skills

The TCF is part of the new wave of modern “thermometer” exams. A simple, fast and efficient evaluation gives you a professional validation of your level of French. The TCF is a multiple-choice questionnaire. After the DELF/DALF, the TCF has become the most taken exam in French language schools. Based on the CEFR for foreign languages, it has already achieved high recognition. Our schools in Montreux and Lyon are official TCF exam centres and offer monthly examination dates.

TELC

The European Language Certificates

TELC GmbH is a branch of the German Adult Education Association, which is the largest provider of continuing education in Germany. TELC offers German exams for levels A1 to C1, which correspond to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) and are worldwide recognised as proof of achievement. Our Berlin and Freiburg schools are TELC-accredited and offer monthly TELC exam preparation courses for levels B1 / B2 / C1. On request, our accredited examiners come to our exam centres in order to coach students and conduct the exam.

Goethe-Institut

Promotion of the German language and culture abroad

The Goethe-Institut was created by the German federal government to promote the German language and culture abroad. Goethe-Institut exams are internationally recognised by employers and continuing education institutions as proof of achievement. German exams offered by the Goethe-Institut correspond to the range of levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) from A1 to C2. These exams are offered on fixed dates in regional testing centres located within direct proximity of the Berlin school.

Every month, Alpadia Berlin offers Goethe Zertifikat preparation courses for levels B2 & C1.

TestDaF

Test of German as a foreign language

The TestDaF examination is obligatory for students wishing to enter our University Pathway Programme in Germany. Comprised of a listening comprehension section, a reading comprehension section, a writing section, and an oral test, this exam takes place five times per year at our Berlin school.

Every participant receives a personalised certificate and gets separate marks for each of the four sections, which gives a more detailed picture of your language skills. The exam was developed on behalf of the Deutscher Akademische Austauschdienst (DAAD) (German University and College Exchange Commission) and the Hochschulrektorenkonferenz (HRK) (Conference of University and College Rectors) by a consortium made up of the FernUniversität in Hagen, the Seminary for Language Research at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, the Goethe Institute e.V. Munich, and the Carl Duisberg Centres GmbH in Cologne.

European standards

Progress on a European level

Our course structure and level testing are based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), which constitutes the European standard framework for foreign language teaching.

After many years of research, the official Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) document was published in 2001 by the Council of Europe. It helps determine the candidate’s language level in terms of their knowledge in various skills groups.

Six different language levels were defined and serve as a reference in the language learning and teaching sector. An EU Council Resolution recommended the use of this Council of Europe grid to establish systems to determine language ability. Nowadays, it is an essential reference document.

Click here to view the table summary of the CEFR grid. It shows you the language level that you can achieve during your stay as well as the level required for the official French or German exams offered at our schools.

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