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FAQ

GENERAL INFORMATION

What is Sprachsalon Berlin?

Sprachsalon is a small private Language school in Neukölln, Berlin. Here you can learn German as well as many other languages (Arabic, English, French, Hebrew, Italian, Russian, Spanish).

When is Sprachsalon Berlin open?

We’re open from Monday to Thursday from 10 am to 8 pm and Friday from 10 am to 3 pm.

How do I get to Sprachsalon Berlin?

We’re located at 38 Weichselstr. (in Neukölln) close to the canal Maybachufer and opposite the Weichselplatz park. The easiest would be to take the U7 to Rathaus Neukölln and walk 10 minutes towards the canal. Bus 194 stops around the corner otherwise the following buses stop nearby: M29 and 171.

When does Sprachsalon Berlin close?

We’re available all year round. We’re only closed over Christmas and New Year for about three weeks.

COURSE INFORMATION

What qualifications do the teachers have?

The teachers in our team have degrees in the field of Humanities and experience in language teaching for adults.

How many students are there in one course?

There are on average between 5 – 12 students in a course.

Can I do a trial lesson?

In a course that’s already running, you can gladly do a free trial lesson.

What certificates can I get?

Upon request, we’ll gladly provide proof of registration and/or a certificate of attendance.

What is included in the price of the course and the registration fee?

The fee includes level assessment/placement tests, certificates, invoices, as well as study materials handed out in the lesson (excluding textbooks). Beyond that, there is a tea kitchen for everyone to make use of.

How do I find the right course with the right language level for me?

You can take a free level test with us in the office anytime or take it online on our website.

Is it possible to change course if the level is not suitable?

We will try as best we can to place you at the right level. If the course is still too easy or difficult, you may of course move to a more suitable course.

What happens when I cannot attend a lesson?

Of course, we don’t want you to lag behind! If you can’t come to class, we ask for a short message. In the confirmation email you will receive before the start of the course, we will tell you how to access the corresponding course information (course register/course materials). However, missed classes cannot be refunded or rescheduled.

GERMAN COURSE (DaF)

How many students are there in one course?

There are on average between 6 – 12 students in a course.

How long is one teaching unit?

One teaching unit is 45 minutes.

How many teaching units per week does a course have and how long do I need for one level?

It depends on the course that you select. Right now we have three different course structures.

Here’s an overview:
In an intensive course, you have 4 teaching units per day 4 days a week. That means 16 sessions per week. In 4 weeks you will complete a level in this format (e.B. A1.1).
In a semi-intensive course, you have 3 teaching units per day 2 days a week. That means 6 sessions per week. In 10 weeks you will complete a level in this format (e.B. A1.1).
You attend an evening course 2 times a week with 2 teaching units per day. Here you have 4 sessions per week and need 16 weeks for a level (A1.1).

What textbooks are used in the course?

For levels A1, A2 and B1 we use the textbooks “Netzwerk Neufrom Klett Verlag.
For levels B2 and C1 we use the textbooks “Aspekte NEU” from Klett Verlag. Further details about the textbooks (exact title, ISBN, and price) can be found on our German course pages.
The coursebook is a prerequisite for participation in the course. The books must be purchased by the participants themselves. But we are happy to advise you on where you can buy the books.

Does Sprachsalon Berlin offer exams like TELC, TESTDAF or DSH?

No, currently we don’t offer these services. But our courses do prepare you for these exams.

What language is spoken in the course?

In all courses at all levels, teachers speak in German as much as possible. When necessary the teachers will clarify something in another language, spoken by participants.

What do I need to bring to the first lesson?

Your coursebook, something to write with, motivation, and a good mood.

FOREIGN LANGUAGES (FS)

How many students are there in one course?

There are on average between 6 – 12 students in a course.

How long is one teaching unit?

One teaching unit is 45 minutes.

How many hours per week does a course have and how long do I need for one level?

An evening course takes place once a week and consists of 2 teaching units per session.

How long does a course run for?

An evening course runs for 12 weeks and consists of 24 sessions.

INDIVIDUAL CLASSES (DAF AND FS)

How long is one teaching unit?

One teaching unit is 45 minutes.

How many teaching units do I have to book per appointment?

An appointment always includes at least 90 minutes, i.e. two teaching units. If you are interested, more units per appointment can be booked, but less than 45 minutes are not possible.

What is included in the price of the course and the registration fee?

The fee includes level assessment/placement tests, certificates, invoices, as well as study materials handed out in the lesson (excluding textbooks).

Do I need a specific language level to book individual sessions?

You do not need a specific language level to register, as the individual sessions are tailored to you. Together with your teacher, you decide on the content and pace of the course.

Can I book private lessons for two people?

Yes, this is also possible. You can also book individual sessions for two. In general, you can also register more people for a course. Depending on the number of participants, we then determine the total price and accordingly the price per person. It is only important that all participants have the same language level.

How much does an individual session cost?

A price overview for individual lessons for up to two people can be found on our prices page. For a mini-group course of three participants or more, send us an inquiry via our contact form and we will then send you the price.

Can I book individual sessions for exam preparation (TELC, TEST-DAF, or DSH) or special language lessons?

Yes, our teachers can prepare you for exams and also design special language lessons. There is a small surcharge for these lessons.

How do I register for individual sessions?

To register for an individual session, you can either come to the Sprachsalon during our opening hours or fill out a registration form online via our website. In addition, payment of the entire course fee is required.

When and how should I pay the fee?

In order to confirm the individual sessions, we need the payment for the first appointment at least 48 hours before the session. The remaining amount is then to be paid after the first session. Of course, you can also pay the entire amount before the first appointment. Payment can be made by bank transfer or in cash.

How and when should I cancel an appointment?

Booked appointments must be canceled at least 24 hours in advance by phone or e-mail, otherwise, they will be charged and cannot be made up.

Registration, course confirmation and course postponement

How do I register?

To register you can either come by during office hours to Sprachsalon or fill out a registration form on our website. In addition, the payment of the total course fee is necessary.

Until when can I register for a course?

You can register for a course up until 10 days before the course starts. To do so the payment of the registration and course fees would be necessary. Once the payment of registration and course fees are confirmed a place in the course will be reserved.

How can I pay for registration and course fees?

Payment can either be made in cash in the office or be transferred. We will send banking details upon request.

What happens when there aren’t enough participants registered for a course?

If there aren’t enough confirmed participants by the end of the registration deadline, we have to postpone the start date of the course or cancel the course altogether. For this reason, it’s important for anyone who is interested in doing a course registers in time to ensure the course takes place.

Until when can I cancel my registration for a course?

Registration can be canceled up to 10 days before the start date of the course. The course fee will then be paid back in full via bank transfer. After the deadline cancellation will no longer be possible. Also if the student withdraws from the course a reimbursement of the fees won’t be possible.

When will I know if the scheduled course is taking place or not?

A week before the course starts we’ll always send a confirmation email with all relevant information to all registered students. Should the course be postponed or canceled we will also send an email to all registered students.

What does it mean for me, if the course I registered for is postponed?

Unfortunately, sometimes we have to postpone courses because we don’t have enough students. If your course is postponed you’ll be notified at the latest one week before the start of the course and informed of the new start date.