Frequently Asked Questions

Answer all of your questions

Courses, books & Enrolment

We do not sell the books in our classes. You can either get them online yourself or through Annie Falk:

The Language Centre Bookshop

Phone: 08 9328 8965

The cover of the textbook of each course is displayed in the course description.

It depends where you get it from. Annie has been working with us for a long time and if you contact her, she will know exactly which book and edition to get for you. The textbook will last you for a whole year of classes. If you decide to get the book online, you do so at your own risk.

We don't have entry tests for our different levels and classes. Our classes are run flexibly and if you consider a level too hard or too easy, you are more than welcome to swap classes and try a different level.

Our goal is for you to feel comfortable with the language level and enjoy the class!

Have a chat to our teachers at the enrolment night or contact Angela for adult classes at or Christine for children classes at

As a guide for what we teach in our classes and at the different levels, please have a look at the link from the Goethe Institute in Melbourne which outlines the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) we adhere to:
European Language Framework:

That is no problem. Your class teacher can tell you what you will be missing in future lessons, so you don't fall behind. You should also have received your class teacher's email in the first lesson.You can contact her, if you miss a class unexpectedly.

We offer a number of internationally recognised certificates and exams under the auspices of the Goethe-Institut Australien and TestDaf - Institut.

Please contact Iris Ludewig-Rohwer ( for more information.

We have two new intakes per year: in February and in July. If you have previous knowledge of German, it is a bit easier as you can commence your studies with us at any time and join a class which is already running.

We have 2 semesters each year and each semester is divided up into 2 terms (so 4 terms per year).

Example: Level A1 consists of A1.1 (Beginners 1) and A1.2 (Beginners 2). Beginners 1 and Beginners 2 each run for 1 semester (i.e. 2 terms). So, to complete the level A1, you would study with us for 2 semesters. The textbooks you are buying for this course will last you for the whole year (you won't have to buy new books for Beginners 2 after you completed Beginners 1).

The other levels are structured in a similar way.

The minimum age for our children's classes is 5.

No, we generally do not give refunds for our classes once you have committed to them. Through paying your fee, you are guaranteed a spot in one of our classes. However, we all know that we lead busy lives and we are happy for you to defer a term or a semester, if you wish.

Yes, you can still enrol in our classes, even if the course has already begun. Your class teacher will bring you up to speed and let you know what you have missed.

If you have no background knowledge in the language at all, please contact Angela for adult classes at and we will work out the best option for you.

No, but we might be able to assist you in finding an experienced tutor.

Didn't find the answer?

Angela Gamel for general inquiries regarding the adult's classes:, Telephone 9409 8875.

Christine Reger/Agnes Moser for general inquiries regarding the children's classes:, Telephone 9304 0365.

Iris Ludewig-Rohwer for exams and cultural events:, Telephone 9402 4321.

We endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible. The Goethe Society WA is a not-for-profit organisation, and all of our teachers and contacts work part-time or full-time in other jobs too. Please take this into consideration. Thank you 🙂