Perth, the capital city of Western Australia, is the country's fourth most populous city after Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, with close to 2.1 million residents. Given that there were only 300,000 people living in Perth in the 1950s — do you wonder what the attraction is?
For many, it's the lifestyle. The proximity to beautiful beaches, the awesome food scene and the fact it has more hours of sunshine than anywhere else in Australia.
And, a great lifestyle leads to Perth being known as a wonderful place to study.
Not only has Perth led the way, over the years, with many curriculum areas in the Australian primary to high school curriculum — most notably English and science — but the options for TAFE and university study are fantastic.
So, what about languages study? Specifically, German? Apart from the TAFE and university options, what are the options for German classes in Perth? Or, if you prefer one-on-one lessons, can you engage a German tutor in Perth?
This is what we're here to find out.
Four Benefits of Learning German
The limits of my language are the limits of my world.
~ Ludwig Wittgenstein ~
If you're not already convinced that you should be learning German, or if you're tossing up whether to learn German or another language, like French or Japanese, taking a look at the different advantages of German study may help convince you.
Number of German speakers
German is the most widely spoken language in the European Union. It is estimated that over 130 million people identify as a speaker of German — either in a native speaker capacity or as a second language learner. It is an official language in 7 countries and spoken by community groups in over 42 countries worldwide.
Language of business and science
After English, German is the most spoken language in the business and science worlds. Career boost — tick.
The more you learn, the easier it gets
German has a bit of a reputation for being one of the harder languages to study if you're a speaker of English. This may be the case at the start but if you persevere through the initial grammar lessons, it quickly becomes easier. This is in direct contrast to French, which seems to get harder to learn the more knowledge you have.
Experience the history and culture at a new level
Sure, you can travel to Germany or other German-speaking countries and get by with English and one or two German pleasantries like guten morgen and danke schön. But, if you can speak and understand German, you'll experience so much more because you'll be more likely to use your skills to get off the tourist track and share stories with the locals.
Build Your Confidence with a German Tutor in Perth
Working with a private tutor has many advantages, no matter what level you're at or what German language skills you already possess.
If you're just starting out, with no or minimal German language experience, a tutor who is not a native speaker will be fine. More than anything, they will understand what it's like to learn a new language and can tailor their lessons around this.
For a student who has years of experience in classes and German courses, a native speaker may be better when it comes to brushing up on minor grammar points, conversation and the nuances of the language.
Either way, a private German tutor helps a student gain confidence. Private tutors are probably the most flexible when it comes to scheduling lessons, adapting course content and in their mode of delivery (online, face-to-face, small group and so on).
German with Jenny
Jenny is a native German speaker who is fluent in English and has over 10 years of teaching experience, working with students at every level. She offers a range of tutoring services including:
- one-on-one tutoring
- online private tutoring
- group lessons
- online German course
- exam preparation
- German lessons for children
- classes for business people.
One of many platforms that match students with tutors, Language Trainers focus is on languages and their tutors are all native speakers. There are 20 language options, including French, Korean, Turkish and, of course, German, and flexible modes of delivery ranging from private tutoring to small group (both online and face-to-face).
At Superprof, the student chooses the tutor. Our online platform features a page for each tutor, listing everything from their teaching experience and qualifications to the type of lessons they offer — making it easy to reach an informed choice.
With over 4,000 German language tutors listed, there is a tutor to meet the needs of every student.
Online private tutoring options mean that students may find their ideal German tutor in Perth on the west coast of Australia or over in the Gold Coast on the east.
Try a Language School or Community Program
Some students may prefer more of a group or class atmosphere. These also have their benefits and it can be a lot of fun interacting with other students during lessons, practising and learning together.
Goethe Society WA
While there is no Goethe-Institut in Western Australia, there is an active Goethe Society, based in Perth and offering face-to-face and online class programs for children as well as adults.
The classes for children start from the age of 5 where children experience German in a fun and interactive way. Older students, such as those in Year 11 and 12, can take lessons to prepare them for the WACE exams.
Adult classes target different student needs, including everything from preparation for proficiency exams to learning German for the purpose of travel.
German Language Classes
Based in Perth, German Language Classes provides German courses for adults at every level. Established for over 10 years, all classes are taught by qualified and experienced German language teachers who aim to bring fun in the learning of German, as well as achieve learning objectives.
All classes run in 18-week blocks, while there are also ongoing conversation classes as well as holiday intensive programs.
The Rhein-Donau Club
The Rhein-Donau Club's primary goal is to bring together the German community and welcome everyone from the native speaker to the German as an additional language learner. Along with their language classes for children and adults, the Rhein-Donau Club runs a variety of social groups where conversation in German while having fun is a key feature. Groups include:
- table tennis
- seniors outings
- mandolin orchestra
- model railway
Learn and Experience Culture in Germany
You can have the best tutors and teachers, enrol in the best German classes in Perth or undertake the best courses Australia has to offer — but nothing beats learning German in Germany!
It's the real time immersion. You are surrounded 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by the German language and German culture. You can hear the language being spoken in context. You can see the application of cultural rules and norms. And you experience everything you've been learning about first hand — and get to apply it.
If you're learning German in high school, your teachers or school may organise an international excursion to visit Germany or other German-speaking countries. High school students will often be placed in homestays with German families for part of the time, with the opportunity to attend school with their host brother or sister.
For students who are completing German studies at the university level, there are often options for exchange programs where students from Australia can study German in Germany for anywhere up to a year.
There are also independent programs, like the one offered by EF Australia, which have options for high school students, university students, adults and professionals to experience the culture and undertake German studies for periods of 2 weeks up to a year.
Whatever program you choose, or even if you decide to take a working holiday to Germany, you'll be putting what you learn in class to immediate use once you step outside the classroom door.
So, what are you waiting for? There are so many options, from private tutoring and online classes throughout Australia to in-country experience, you are sure to find something to suit your learning needs.
And, at the end of the day, remember this:
Deutsch macht Spaß! (German is fun!)
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