Course: Conversational German

Target Group

These events are designed especially for doctoral candidates from abroad and their non-German partners, who would like to learn German for use in daily life.


John Tiede, the trainer of the events, chooses the course topics based on your needs. The design of the individual sessions is determined by your questions about special topics and problems. From time to time the trainer will focus on German grammar, because this is essential for comprehensible language. Because of the different composition of the groups the topics vary in their focus. Pronunciation and speaking are among the most important.

You must registered with the Graduate Center to participate in this course. Partners of registered doctoral candidates may also attend, without registering themselves.


If you want to participate, please contact John Tiede via email. Please mention in your message for how long and in what form you have been learning German and which level you have reached. He will inform you on the levels of the courses and will tell you when the next course will take place. After that you can decide for yourself if you would like to participate on a regular basis.

The course takes place on and at:

  • Saturdays: a) 8:30 - 10:00, b) 10:15 - 11:45, c) 12:00 - 13:30
  • Graduate Center: Leibnizstr. 3, room 015, ground floor


Child care:

If you need child care to be able to participate in the events please contact us. We will try to organize this service for you, but cannot guarantee that it will be available. Please note that we can offer this service only to doctoral candidates who are registered with the Graduate Center.