An Excursion to Learn German in Germany
Book into excellent group accommodation in a hostel and take an educational trip to Germany. Students can learn to speak German with the locals.
If you're a language educator looking to take your high school, college or university class on an excursion, the very best place to expose students to a language is in the country from which it originated. Not only will they be able to encounter a host of situations to practise their skills, but also, being immersed so fully in a destination fosters confidence and a thirst for knowledge.
For those studying German, the very best place to take a student group is Berlin. There's excellent group accommodation in central city hostels, and your class will be able to move to a higher level and practice the language in situ. Staying in group accommodation in Berlin is also a wonderful opportunity for students to broaden their horizons and immerse in the art and culture.
Why Learn German?
German is a very popular language to learn. Perhaps some people would just like to understand the words to Wagner operas, but there are definitely lots of other reasons too! It is one of the most widely spoken languages in the European Union, so knowing how to speak it gives young people a leg up in any number of fields, from business, tourism, music, arts and literature as well as science and technology.
Incredible, Vibrant Berlin.
Where you go really depends on the goals of your group and group accommodation can be found at hostels in many of the major cities. Each city and region has its own charms, but Berlin is one of the most popular for educational tours.
With 175 museums, more than 50 theatres, around 300 cinemas, 4,650 restaurants, 900 bars and at last count 190 clubs (and growing all the time), staying in group accommodation in Berlin pays off in terms of being able to soak in the hugely diverse art and culture of the city.
First stop will probably be the Brandenburg Gate, the city’s iconic landmark; it used to be the mark of a divided Germany, but it is now the symbol of reunification. Reichstag, home to the parliament, the Bundestag, is another popular site and has a roof terrace that offers spectacular views of the city. Other things to do include a visit to the Bauhaus Museum, take Photoautomaten selfies, and take a wander through the gorgeous Charlottenburg Gardens. Students can learn first-hand about the city’s Jewish history at the Jüdisches Museum and the Denkmal für die Ermordeten Juden Europas - also known as the Holocaust Memorial – to add some sobering perspective to their experience in Berlin.
One thing's for sure: anyone lucky enough to spend time in Berlin will definitely be learning lessons in more than simply language.
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