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Goethe-Institut Berlin

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Maarten Bisseling

Nijmegen, Netherlands


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Maarten Bisseling does not recommend Goethe-Institut Berlin.

The course (intensive 4, C2) in itself was good and the teacher dedicated. Nevertheless, the speaking skills of several of my classmates was B2 rather than C2, dragging down the level of the course a bit. Considering the fact that I had to pay 980 Euros for three weeks (usually what you have to pay for 4 weeks), I had at least expected that the Institute would have paid more attention to get students of a comparable level in one class. In comparison, at ¨Die Neue Schule¨ (also in Berlin), I paid 960 Euros for a 3-week course which had 180 minutes of group classes as well as 90 minutes of private classes every day. The course at the Institute was a general course, and was not suited to prepare for the Goethe certificate or anything specific.

Separately subscribing for the C2 exam, which I did 7 months later, was a tedious experience. I read in the terms and conditions that I had to provide a confirmation of payment, when subscribing. So I expected that I would get a receipt, or some sort of pdf, after paying for the exam, that I would then have to send back, together with the filled in forms. However, it seems like they misinterpreted their own procedures: they asked me to send them a screenshot of the transaction on my online bank-account, in order to ¨confirm¨ the payment. I found this very strange but I complied in order to get the job done. Nevertheless, I still did not receive a confirmation of my enrollment, so I eventually sent them an angry mail. In their response, they just said that everything was alright, and I should not worry about anything. Still, I had to email and call them again, in order to get the exact time and location of the exam. Apparently, subscribing to the exam separately is a process that is not smoothly organized at the Institute. Here, they could really learn from the British Council, where I did my English C2 exam: they provided all the right information at once (and I did not even have to follow an expensive course to receive this kind of service).

The Goethe C2 exam, 7 months later, was taken in an overly crowded classroom in a very noisy part of the building. Someone in the next room started using the copier during the hearing test, and also the tapping of shoes on the wooden floor just outside the classroom was louder than the spoken text of the test.

Afterwards, my C2 certificate was sent to me per regular mail, with the risk of getting lost. In comparison, the British Council FedExed my English C2 certificate.

All in all, considering the price, I am not too impressed with what the Goethe Institute in Berlin has offered me in terms of quality and service. The luxury of airconditioned classrooms, a library where you can study and the additional lectures were a nice touch. On the other hand, the course at Die Neue Schule (Deutsch in Berlin) met my personal needs far better because of the private classes, giving me much more German per Euro spent. Also, the administration at Die Neue Schule was far more forthcoming in times of need.

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Student «Maarten Bisseling» attended this Local Language School in Berlin, Germany from 2012-10-01 to 2012-10-19 for 3 weeks.


Course type: Intensiv 4, 3 weeks

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Ri Jamison-Kreiner - Lincoln, Nebraska

Lincoln, Nebraska


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Ri Jamison-Kreiner recommends the Local Language School Goethe-Institut Berlin.

I was the the GI for two Intensiv-8 courses (so 16 weeks). I generally liked it. Due to the time of year, the teachers were trying to use up their vacation time so they wouldn’t lose it come new year, so I had a total of 4 teachers (1 per month). The teachers were able to choose their own textbooks which helped them choose something that matched their teaching style. All books are included in the price. The Studio D book I wasn’t too fond of (it was too short), but the Em Nue one was alright. I personally didn’t care for the personality of one of my teachers, but they all taught well. The mediathek was well enough stocked and there was always someone there who you could ask questions to. Course materials were textbooks, worksheets, handouts, slide shows, short films, news clips, role playing, dialogues, and note taking. Since so many in my classes where there to take the test at the end, we had a lot of content that went over preparing for the test. The rooms where a little tight, but that’s everything in Berlin. Accommodation was 50/50 for me. The first lady that I was staying with was awesome. She refused to enter my room unless I permitted it, was helpful in locating or explaining things to me, and was always willing to have conversations with me. The other lady I stayed with I didn’t like much. She tended to avoid me, was in my room when I wasn’t there, and wasn’t one to fix the stuff in the apartment that needed fixing. Berlin itself was a nice location, but be prepared to hear a lot of English. Many times, the store keepers will start speaking English to you the instant they hear your accent.

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Student «Ri Jamison-Kreiner» attended this Local Language School in Berlin, Germany from 2012-09-03 to 2012-12-21 for 16 weeks.


Course type: Intensive

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Mike Johnson

New York, United States


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Mike Johnson does not recommend Goethe-Institut Berlin.

Out of a one month course, you won’t have lessons on the first Monday as well as during the last two days, which means it’s more of a 4 days a week course rather than 5, even though it it’s sold as such. Plus, it costs twice as much as any other school in Berlin and you have to spend another €120.- if you want to pass an exam at the end. Gave me the feeling of a real rip-off.

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Student «Mike Johnson» attended this Local Language School in Berlin, Germany from 2013-01-07 to 2013-01-29 for 3 weeks.


Course type: B1

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