Although exact term dates and courses offered may vary, the Goethe-Institut Toronto generally offers courses at the following times:
Winter: January - March
Spring: April - June
Summer: July - August
Fall: September - late November
Learning is an individual process. How much time you need to attain a certain level depends on various and individual factors: your commitment, your time input, and your taking advantage of additional practice resources.
Should you already have studied one or more languages, you may learn German faster. It makes a big difference if you participate in a language course in your home country or in Germany, where you will be exposed to the German language outside the classroom.
As a rough guideline, we estimate it will take the following amount of instruction to complete each language level:
A1 : approx. 60-150 hours (80-200 TU*)
A2 : approx. 150-260 hours (200-350 TU*)
B1 : approx. 260-490 hours (350-650 TU*)
B2 : approx. 450-600 hours (600-800 TU*)
C1 : approx. 600-750 hours (800-1000 TU*)
C2 : approx. 750+ hours (1000+ TU*)
* TU = Teaching Unit; a teaching unit consists of 45 minutes of instruction.
The Goethe-Institut Toronto is the official cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany. This means that we focus on German language and culture. Our instructors teach with modern and innovative methods that are effective for language learning. These methods create classes that are entertaining, interactive, and fun. Our classrooms are equipped with modern tech - smartboards instead of blackboards. At the Goethe-Institut Toronto, we offer you a flexible learning experience: we offer not only classic face-to-face instruction, but also blended learning. This combines face-to-face and online instruction, ideal for learners with an active and busy schedule.
If you are unsure which level is right for you, we welcome you to write a placement test. Please send an e-mail to Elise Lee.
The online placement test can take up to one hour to complete and must be completed in a single sitting. In some cases, we may ask you to have a short phone interview with one of our instructors to confirm placement.
Our teenagers' classes are geared towards learners aged 12-17. Students who are 17 or older may take adult courses.
We offer children's courses for 6-8 and 9-11 year old learners.
See here for more details.
If you live too far from a Goethe-Institut to take a face-to-face class, you can still participate in our Online Group Course
oder Blended Learning Classes
or take individual lessons. In order to book individual lessons please contact our language course office
There is no difference with regards to the progress you will make in a face-to-face versus a blended course - both are designed to cover the same essential content. Although you will not have as much face time in a blended course, the format is designed to make use of in-class and out-of-class time differently in such a way that you will still have the same opportunities to develop your language skills.