Welcome to the language school „zum Ehrstein“ Freiburg
The language school zum Ehrstein was founded in Freiburg in 1999 and has enjoyed steady growth. The school has two locations in the center of Freiburg; our main classroom facility lies next to a picturesque city square and is only a few steps away from the world-famous Freiburg University.
On average, we offer language instruction every day to between 100 - 150 students from over 40 countries. With its 12 brightly-lit classrooms and 750 sq/m of space, our school offers ample room for language instruction. In addition we offer our students an internet café, a cozy common room and a roof-top terrace garden where they can relax.
Our courses are based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Foreign Languages (CEFR) with levels ranging from A1 - C1. The number of students in our standard courses is limited to a maximum of 12 participants. Our language teachers have long experience with a broad knowledge of the language and the country and make use of a wide range of modern teaching methods. Our instruction emphasizes the communicative and practice-oriented aspects of the language and is geared to meet the demands of students who are highly motivated and have a desire to learn.
In our school we pay special attention to creating a friendly and personable atmosphere. We also offer many additional services to our students such as arranging for private accommodations, an interesting and varied leisure and cultural program, an airport pick-up service, medical insurance, internships in German companies and much more.
Ehrstein is a licensed test center for telc (The European Language Certificates) as well as TestDaF. In addition, we specialize in preparing foreign students for the admission tests (TestDaf, telc C1 Hochschule and DSH) to German universities.
Since February 2016, Ehrstein Language School is member of the worldwide organization of International House language schools and thereby guarantees highest quality standards. Further information can be found here.
Ehrstein has also being working together since 2014 with the German Agency for Work (AZAV) which finances training courses for language students.
Get to know the language, the people and the culture: Our standard German course combines language learning with the pleasant benefits of spending time in Germany so that you become acquainted with the country, the people and can practice German in everyday situations.
Maximal participants: 12 persons
6 language levels in one year
Students with prior knowledge: Begin every Monday
Fixed starting dates for Students without prior knowledge (see below)
Complete course levels between 8 and 12 weeks
Minimum course length: one week
Large, 11-20 students, Medium, 6-10 students, One-to-One, Small, 2-5 students
General 15-25 hrs/wk
We prepare for the following German language exams:
DSH: university entrance test
TestDaF: university entrance test
all telc exams
You can subscribe for telc and TestDaF exams at our school. As official telc and TestDaF exam center these can be sat directly with us.
Our summer courses combine a German course with a large choice of possible activities with a holiday flair.
Current topics, based on authentic texts, will be discussed and new grammar in communicative situations will be practiced. Enhancement of vocabulary, oral expression and new learning techniques will also be part of the course program. Teachers will also offer extra exercises for correct pronunciation.
max. participants: 12 persons
all language levels
start for language students with prior knowledge: every Monday in July and August
for Beginners without prior knowledge of the language, fixed dates for starts (see below).
Large, 11-20 students, Medium, 6-10 students, Small, 2-5 students
Learning German in Germany on your school vacation has a certain attraction for students. Suddenly the language is more real and can be experienced up close and personal.
Our language courses for children and young people (ages 10-13 and 14-17) are offered every July and August.
These Junior Courses are specially tailored to teach German to children and young people. Our practical communicative teaching method ensures that, along with a lot of fun, our young students make optimal progress.
We offer three course levels:
Beginners with prior knowledge (1-2 years of German in school)
Medium knowledge (3 – 5 years of German in school)
Advanced Students ( 6 – 8 years of German in school)
In addition to Language instruction, we organize an extensive leisure activities program for our students. Our youth leaders are very engaged and see to it that right at the very beginning of the courses all of the international students are well taken care of.
In our leisure activities program, we schedule sports, visits to museums and interesting excursions. Some of the more popular excursions include: the Europe Park, a boat ride on the world-famous Titisee lake in the Black Forest, a summer toboggan run and a canoe tour. We also organize a tour of the city of Freiburg, a barbecue evening, a game evening and, naturally, a final party. All this makes language learning a lot of fun and an experience that our students will never forget.
Individual instruction or flexible group instruction are certainly the most intensive ways to learn German. You and your specific aims stand at the center. Do you want to improve your knowledge of everyday German or are interested in working on language for your profession or business and technical vocabulary needed for your profession?
Instruction can be tailored to your individual needs, for example, perfecting your speaking or writing skills. Courses can also focus on comprehension (listening/reading), or concentrate on improving special skills, telephoning, making presentations etc.
You determine the number of hours per day, length of course and pace and content of the course.
You receive the undivided attention of the teacher: You get the best results in the shortest time!
At the beginning of each individual and flexible instruction course we ask in detail about your needs and goals, and we determine you present level of German. On this basis we can develop with you the best individual and tailored training program for your lessons.
The language school zum Ehrstein offers job-related German courses for foreign physicians and health care professionals organized around the following modules:
Communicating with patients and family members
Practice in the writing of medical reports
Everyday hospital language and communication
General German instruction
Preparatory courses for telc tests for care-givers and physicians
The courses are conducted by teachers especially trained for instruction in medical fields.
The language school zum Ehrstein arranges unpaid work placement in well-known German Companies in all branches of business. As preparation (minimally 4 weeks) we arrange for you accommodation and make you fit for the start of the job: We help you compose your curriculum vitae, help you with your applications and suggest what companies you should apply to. And during your work placement we are always ready to help you with any questions or problems.
For an internship you should have at least a good (B2) or very good (C1/2) German knowledge. The length of the preparatory language course depends on your level.
Requirement for participation: minimum 18 years old.
German for Job Seeking
The language school zum Ehrstein has set up courses for special individual training to support foreign specialists seeking work in Germany.
The course consists of the following modules:
- Personal Assessment
- Curriculum Vitae
- Cover Letters and application folders
- Different ways of applying
- Searching for a Position
- The Job Interview
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