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HOW TO CALCULATE THE AMOUNT OF PRIVATE GERMAN LESSONS NEEDED TO COMPLETE A CEFR LEVEL

 

Firstly, we need to differentiate between course hours  and total study time and explain how those work hand in hand. 

Total study time is made out of 4 parts: 

  1. hours of guided immersion (included in pricing)
  2. hours of guided self-study (included in pricing)
  3. hours of guided homework (included in pricing)
  4. course hours (paid)

 

We will guide you in all 4 parts of your study time, but you only pay for the actual on course hours.

To calculate how many private online German course hours you need to complete a German level, you need to understand that the more hours you work on the first 3 parts (immersion, self study and homework), the less actual course hours you will need to reach your study goal.

 

In the next steps we show you how to calculate for a German CEFR level 

  1. your total study time
  2. course duration
  3. required course hours

 

1. ESTIMATING YOUR TOTAL STUDY TIME 

 
The total study time is the basis for our calculations and can only be a rough estimate at the start.
Later it needs to be adjusted* though extrapolation or your personal experience to personalize it to you.*
 
TABLE 1
 
 

ESTIMATED TOTAL STUDY TIME 

 

=

immersion + self-study + homework + course hours

A1  +/-

250 hrs

A2 +/-

400 hrs

B1 +/-

600 hrs

B2 +/-

800 hrs

C1 +/-

900 hrs

C2 +/- 1000 hrs
 

*EXTRAPOLATING YOUR PERSONAL TOTAL STUDY TIME:

After starting your course with us and finishing one chapter of the level, you can recalculate the total study time to your personal reality and this is how you do it to calculate more accurate numbers:
 
EXAMPLE
  •  During the free trial lesson you and your dedicated online German teacher agree on a mixed course approach using a Hueber course book “Menschen A1” and complementing it with online resources, Quizlet decks, reading, videos

  • The total study time estimate in the table above is 200 for A1.

  • For the first chapter of the book you need 10 hours total study time (including course hours, immersion, self-study & homework). The book has 24 chapters.

  • Your total study time for A1 would be 24×10 = 240 hours.

 

1.2 CALCULATING YOUR INDIVIDUAL WEEKLY STUDY TIME

You can adjust this calculation flexibly to your own circumstances.

TABLE 2

  in Hours / Week B1 Sample Calculation
    Please replace with the time you can invest per week 
  Course Units (German Online Institute) 2 hrs
+ Time for Guided Homework 2 hrs
+ Time for Self Study 4 hrs
+ Immersion Time 4 hrs
= Weekly Study Time 12 hrs
 

 

2. CALCULATING COURSE DURATION

TABLE 3

  Total Study Time (table 1) 600 hrs (*B1 table 1)
: Weekly Study Time (table2) 12 hrs (result table 2)
= Course Duration 50 weeks
 

 

3. CALCULATING COURSE UNITS

TABLE 4
 
  Course Duration (result table 3) 50 weeks
x Weekly Course Units (see table 2) 2 hrs
= Total Course Units  100 hrs
 
According to the sample calculation, this student could finish his/her B1 course in approximately 50 weeks and may need to purchase only 100 course hours.
 
 
Every learner is unique and thus you and our expert teachers will tailor each and every lesson  to you (speed of learning, previous knowledge, strengths and weaknesses, interests, study goal etc.). 
Lessons can guide you completely through the language levels or only accompany your self-study, and the approach you choose will also determine the number of lessons you will need to achieve your study goals.
 
During your free trial lesson you and your dedicated teacher will plan your schedule, assess your German level and can thus make a careful estimation regarding the course duration. It is crucial to consider all factors, such as your spare time, motivation, time for homework and self-study as well as your location / opportunities for immersion.
You can revise your schedule and study plan anytime you need in accordance with your teacher.
 
Generally, the amount of lessons per week is up to you, thus you can decide how quickly you will move forward. 
 
Book your free trial class today to find out more. Happy to meet you soon.
 
 
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