Learning German can be fun - professional and communicative teaching in welcoming and personal ambience

Our team...

...is the heart and soul of this school. You can only work at IH Cologne when you have got the certificate of the Teacher Training run by TTI Freiburg (former IH Freiburg). The training is the German equivalent to the english CELTA. What is special about that initial formation? The application orientation, the many teaching practice lessons, followed by instant supervision and of course the way of teaching with the highly communicative teaching approach. Being a member of the IH staff means you are putting a lot of effort into your further training, you take part in the ongoing training provided by the Director of Studies, you get visited by colleagues and you visit you colleagues in order to improve your teaching skills.

Our classes...

...German teachers at IH Insula Cologne are dynamic, challenging and above all filled with communicative exercises as of the first lesson. We teach in small groups consisting of up a maximum of 12 students. Working without tables allow us to adapt the classroom to the interactive settings we would like to. There is a big focus on communication and pronounciation. As of the second week of our courses we plan excursions so that our students can put their knowledge to the test outside the classroom.  Our main premise is not to bring as many students as possible and take them through a standard textbook; it is rather to design our courses in a way that yields the most success for each individual student. In every course with us you will have individual feedback sessions to help you plan your further course of studies.

Our flexibility...

We start with a one on one interview in which we figure out the student´s current level and aim to learn more about them, such as the type of learning ability they have and which course model would fit best with their needs and their current life situation. Sometimes we even create a new course model, adressing the specific needs of our students.

The atmosphere...

German classes at IH Insula CologneA welcoming atmosphere of respect towards our students is important for us as we know that the atmosphere is an important factor of a succesful learning experience. The teaching rooms are different from what one might expect from a language school and allow students to feel more at home and comfortable.

The b-sides...

With the Insula Cafeteria, the library, our filmnights and other events like our legendary parties we encourage our students to stay in touch with the German language outside the classroom and give them a room to meet and get to know other people who are new in Cologne and are learning German. Every month we come up with a new cultural programm which our students can take part in for free.