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Conversational German

  • Better understand German philosophy, opera, history and the influence of German on the development of English.
  • Enjoy easier travel to Germany, Austria and Switzerland, or be able to express yourself in German.

Gain the skills you need to read, write and speak German by earning this certificate. With a rich history and roots that go back 1,500 years, German is one of the three most studied and 10 most spoken languages. Worldwide, it is translated (in writing) more than any other language. By the program's end, you'll have reached A2 in the grid used by the Council of Europe's Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Some material from B1 will also be introduced.

What You'll Learn

  • Develop your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in German, an official language in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Belgium and the European Union.
  • Gain confidence and skill in German whether you're a traveller, heritage student, lover of language, business person or have married into a German-speaking family.
  • Be able to exchange straightforward information on work and other topics.
  • Understand what people say to you about life, work and family in simple situations.
  • Follow the gist of the news, other media, public announcements and messages.
  • Understand simple advertisements, menus, timetables and personal letters.

Certificate Requirement(s)

You must complete four sequential courses in German within three years of the date you register, earning an overall average grade of A (80-100 per cent) and attending at least 80 per cent of classes at each level. Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is not available for this certificate.

Important: Upon completion of your certificate requirements, you must request your certificate by submitting a Certificate Request Form.

Required Course(s)

Elective Course(s)


In-class courses are offered when enrolment numbers permit. Some courses or sections may be available only in alternate years or by private instruction.