Kapitel Zwei - Berlin
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At €222 for a four week course, Kapitel Zwei are one of the cheapest language schools in Berlin. Usually this sort of price would mean large class sizes and overworked teachers but at Kapitel Zwei, class sizes are capped at 10 with an average of around 8 participants in each course. Teachers are engaging and dedicated and a big emphasis is placed on communication. That is not to say that you wont have to learn any grammar, but grammar exercises are usually tied to a real world exercise that you get to practice in small groups or pairs during class.
All course levels are available, from absolute beginners (A1) to advanced (C2). They also run a Test DaF preparation course which is the minimum language requirement for many German universities, as well as dedicated conversation or grammar courses to help brush up on particular areas that may need extra work.
Kapitel Zwei run 4 sessions per day, an added bonus if you happen to be working in Berlin and want to study in the evening. The intensive courses run Monday to Thursday from 9am -12pm, 12pm-3pm, 3pm to 6pm and 6pm-9pm. They also offer both grammar and conversation courses twice weekly: one session per week costs 82€ for 4 weeks, or book two sessions for only 122€ (save 42€).
Kapitel Zwei is a certified examination centre for the internationally recognised telc certificate. The B2 exam, testing general knowledge of German at an advanced level, covers reading, vocabulary and grammar as well as listening and writing and is held on the last Saturday of each month. See here for more details: telc B2 exam at Kapitel Zwei
Kapitel Zwei offer accommodation in a student residence located just a few stops away. One month accommodation including tuition costs only €672 (€702 from July to August). You will receive a private furnished room with access to a shared bathroom and kitchen.
A cultural program is also on offer, with a couple of different activities every month including a regular Stammtisch (Pub night), along with museum visits, city tours, festivals and more. Check out Kapitel Zwei's website here for some photos of previous events.
Recently Kapital Zwei launched an in house magazine. This great initiative allows students to submit articles, interviews, stories or poetry and to hone their German writing skills. Anyone submitting work will get help with corrections, and suggestions designed to improve their German
The hallway at Kapitel Zwei also functions as a gallery space, with works exhibited by talented students which makes a nice change from posters about adjective declinations!
Kapitel Zwei were the first school to set up at the iconic Alexanderplatz in the centre of Berlin, and their location couldn't be more convenient. It doesn't matter where in Berlin you choose to stay, you will be able to make it to class quickly and easily with Berlin's fantastic public transport system. The school is also close to many cafes, bars and cultural attractions, making it very easy to explore the city before or after class.
Class sizes are small and fill up quickly so it pays to book in advance, especially between July and August. To request a spot visit Kapitel Zwei's website here.