by Alexander J. German Beginners (A1): Waste of time. Very old fashioned teaching methods. Terrible course book. Very little useful language taught. Classroom language all in English (so you don't learn things like 'I don't understand' and 'I don't know'). Focus on grammar over any form of useful communication. After 3 weeks there, I felt just as apprehensive about speaking German as I did when I arrived. Best avoided. Thursday, 06 January 2011 0 people like this.