GSBTB offers free language learning for German and English. As an addition or alternative to more traditional language classes, our meet-ups provide the chance for newcomers to practice their language skills in a social setting. Some partner off with regular tandem partners, while others make friends by chatting in groups targeted to their language level. Native speaker volunteers are on hand to provide guidance and more targeted learning for those who desire it.
Our free weekly GSBTB Sprachcafé (or language café) offers a friendly, non-school setting to learn German, with the opportunity to sit together over tea and snacks, talk, make friends and find tandem partners. Watch your German level improve and don’t hesitate to bring your friends!
- We meet Wednesdays from 5.30-7.30pm at Sharehaus Refugio in Neukölln (Lenaustraße 4., near U8 Schönleinstraße and U7/U8 Hermannplatz)
We’re always looking for German native speakers and students at all levels. We’re also looking for people who want to be regularly involved with the organizing team.
Open English Café
Since November 2013 Give Someting Back to Berlin has been running a weekly English teaching group. The idea for the class was a wish from the refugee community we worked at that time who, due to the threat of not getting their asylum applications accepted, and not having been provided with German classes, felt that better English skills would increase their opportunities to establish themselves here, or possibly in other coutries.
With time the classes grew and people of various levels and reasons joined in. This included English literature academics from Iraq who wanted to keep their level of English from before they migrated, Japanese ladies who wanted to raise their communication skills, Syrian high school students who didn’t want to forget English while learning German, Eritreans needing an academic level of English in order to be accepted to university, and eager Afghans taking every opportunity to learn.
People of all backgrounds, nationalities and English language abilities are welcome to attend our free weekly Open English Cafe at two locations in Berlin:
- Tuesdays at 6pm at Sharehaus Refugio in Neukölln (Lenaustraße 4, near U8 Schönleinstraße and U7/U8 Hermannplatz)
- Wednesdays at 6pm at ImmobilienScout24, near Ostbahnhof (Andreasstraße 10)
On Tuesdays, we offer small group discussions in a form of informal conversational club. On Wednesdays, there is one-on-one tutoring and a structured curriculum for advanced learners. Our group includes newcomers, long-time residents and Berlin locals, and we’re always happy to welcome new participants. Come join us – there’s no need to sign up, just drop by! For the classes on Wednesday: new students, please come at 17:45 so the teachers can get to know you a little before class.
How do I become a part of this project?
You can just show up to the classes – there’s no need to sign up. Or, if you like, you can email the German class. You can also email the English class, or follow them for updates on their Facebook page.
Read more about some of our actions:
English lessons for refugees: Interview with Silke Georgi who runs the teaching at ImmobilienScout24
Sprachcafé-regular Amer Khlil has written this moving story about his journey from Syria to Germany, in German, after just one year of living in Germany