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German for Teenagers : Berlin Villa

Open to : 16/17 yr old students                Berlin 16/17yrs Course download link

Is this course for you ?
Yes.  If you're looking for a full immersion German course, staying in an on site residence only open to teenagers.   CESA students love living in Berlin & experiencing this vibrant city's lifestyle.  It is perfect for preGCSE, GCSE & A'level students wishing to improve their German who would prefer to live in a self contained study environment.  There are limited places available and the course is always popular ALWAYS becoming fully booked ~ so early reservations are essential!

Location Plus Points :

  • Berlin is a dynamic city; modern, cultured, historic and dazzling.
  • It is a popular summertime location with teenage language learners.
  • Centrally positioned with easy access to the whole city!

Course Plus Points :

  • All teachers are fully qualified and experienced in the teaching of German as a foreign language.
  • Only German will be spoken in class.
  • 2, 3 & 4 week course enrolment possible.
  • Special offer : 1 week possible for certain dates.
  • Whilst the college also accepts adults students, they are taught on a separate college site to the Teenagers.
  • German language classes are divided according to language level. 
  • 20 German lessons per week format offered 

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   Select :  German / Berlin Teens Villa / Summer Villa Programme

The course is academically demanding course and aims to stimulate student interest and keep the lessons dynamic.  Optional social activities provide contrast and bring an additional element of fun to the overall programme. 

The German language college staff are aware that the students are on holiday and will do all they can to help students enjoy their German experience, both in and outside the classroom.

The camp is located in the western centre of Berlin, with Metro Fehrbelliner Platz right round the corner. The famous shopping boulevard Kurfürstendamm is a 15 minute walk away. The camp is located in a beautiful villa with tree-lined garden, several spacious classrooms (some have a balcony or direct access to the garden).  There is also a lounge and cafeteria.  Members of staff will also be accommodated at the residence so that there is always a responsible adult on hand day or night.

Standard Programme

~ Two, three or four week + programmes
~ 20 group lessons
~ Up to 12 students per class level
~ 4 levels: beginners, elementary, intermediate, advanced
~ 09.15hrs to 12.30hrs (2 x 90 mins sessions)
~ 45 minutes per lesson
~ Level test given on Sunday early evening
~ 2 activities per day + 1 Saturday full day excursion

In total there are 40 lessons over 2 weeks (unless a day is lost to a public holiday).  This is equal to a term of contact lessons at your school in the UK.  Small classes, native speakers, interesting material and a pleasant learning atmosphere all contribute to the learning process.  The emphasis is on the active use of language in real situations. You learn German and after class you get to explore Berlin with other teenagers from all over the world.

Sunday to Sunday ~
Self-contained villa.  Meals included: Full-board.  Rooms: 3 to 5 students per room with shower/wc along the corridor. The camp can accommodate 40 students who in the past have come from up to 30 different countries. The classrooms are downstairs, the sleeping rooms upstairs. The villa has a big kitchen and a cafeteria.

A range of activities are offered as an inclusive part of this programme including:

1) two planned activities per day e.g. Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, rowing in Tiergarten Park, New Reichstag, Potsdamer Platz, a night out, barbecues, bowling, dancing or a cinema trip,

2) one excursion per week i.e. Potsdam, Pfauenisnel, Sachsenhausen Island

3) On-campus activities based on music, games and sports, and creative activities such as making a newspaper or staging a play.

Sample week

This is what a week at the Berlin Villa may look like :

Arrival before 5 pm, introduction and language test, welcome evening

4 German lessons
walking tour in Prenzlauer Berg, exploring the neighbourhood barbecue

4 German lessons shopping
second hand Berlin designer fashion games evening

4 German lessons
swimming in Lake Wannsee near Potsdam badminton

4 German lessons
sightseeing and shopping in Mitte, Berlin´s new city centre video night

4 German lessons
cycling tour along the former Berlin Wall disco

Full-day excursion to Potsdam, Castle Sanssoucil quiz show

Departure or visit at fleamarket on "Strasse des 17. Juni" yard party

Going Out Permission

German law dictates that the following curfews must be respected: 

  • Teenagers aged 16/17 years old are not allowed out after 22.00hrs (may change to 23.00hrs this year) on this course unless accompanied by group leaders.  As it is located in the city centre, students are able to go into Berlin unsupervised  in the evening, though the Villa staff will encourage them to go in, in pairs or small groups. If you want greater freedon, please consider the Campus programme

Going out in Berlin - the college group leaders will accompany you and show you many of the sights of Berlin. Some weekends the students may be out until gone midnight with the leaders.

Arrive: Sunday   Depart: Sunday a.m.
Fly to Berlin and take the inclusive return transfer service (09.00 to 17.00hrs) from one of Berlin’s airports, the Hauptbahnhof or main bus station. 

The courses are very popular and are likely to be fully booked during the July/August period. 
Please book early!

Prices 2015

2 weeks : EUR 1,550.00 + EUR 50.00 (CESA fee)

3 weeks : EUR 2,290.00 + EUR 50.00 (CESA fee)

4 weeks : EUR 3,030.00 + EUR 50.00 (CESA fee)

Included in course fees:
20 lessons/week
2 activities/day 
1 excursion/week
on campus accommodation: 3-5 bedded rooms, shower/WC on the corridor
full board
transfer from Berlin airports and stations on Sundays 8 am - 10 pm

Not included in fees:
public transportation 2 - 4 weeks: ca. 60-80 EUR
extra day: 100 EUR
extra transfer out of schedule: 80 EUR one way
travel to Berlin
personal insurance cover

Dates 2014

2 weeks:
29 June, 06 July,  13July,  20 July,  27 July, 03 August 

3 weeks :
29June, 06 July,  13 July,  20 July,  27 July

4 weeks :
29 June, 06 July,  13 July,  20 July

College closes for 2015 : Sunday 16th August 2015