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as in-person classes, live-streamed Zoom sessions and video recordings

• Term 2 (May-Jun ) and Term 4 (Oct-Dec) each year, pending sufficient enrolment.

• This course is offered as an in-person course at the EarthDiverse Centre in Hamilton, New Zealand, live-streamed via Zoom if you live elsewhere, and as video recordings of the live sessions if you cannot attend the regularly scheduled class.

Date & Time:

Begins Friday 10 May 2024

• Our 2024 Term 2 German 102 course meets on Fridays from 6:00-7:30pm beginning on Friday 10 May 2024 (New Zealand time) and continues for eight consecutive weekly sessions. The last class of the Term is held on Friday 28 June 2024.

• If you live outside of New Zealand and wish to Zoom in to our live class sessions, check the nearest local Time Zone equivalent below:

Time Zone equivalents:

for live-streaming Zoom Sessions from New Zealand. If your Time Zone doesn't suit our live-streamed class, you can also access our courses by watching the live-recorded sessions that are posted to the course webpage each week, usually within 1-2 days.

  • Honolulu, Hawai’i: begins Thu 9 May 2024, 8:00-9:30pm

  • US Pacific: begins Thu 9 May 2024, 11:00pm-12:30am

  • US Eastern: begins Fri 10 May 2024, 2:00-3:30am

  • London, UK: begins Fri 10 May 2024, 7:00-8:30am

  • Paris, France: begins Fri 10 May 2024, 8:00-9:30am

  • New Delhi, India: begins Fri 10 May 2024, 11:30am-1:00pm

  • Bangkok, Thailand: begins Fri 10 May 2024, 1:00-2:30pm

  • Singapore, Hong Kong: begins Fri 10 May 2024, 2:00-3:30pm

  • Sydney, Australia: begins Fri 10 May 2024, 4:00-5:30pm

Description :

Introductory German 102, Part 2

• This is Part 2 of a four-part Introductory course taught over 4 successive school terms specifically designed for new German language learners. Our language and culture courses focus on teaching and learning, and we do not expect you to study outside of class nor do we assign homework (unless you'd like some!). Come and spend 12 class hours per Term (eight 1.5 hour weekly classes) learning German and about German culture, and have some fun too! All of our language classes are designed for busy people.

•Want to learn the language of Einstein, Beethoven, Merkel and Jürgen Klopp? Fancy chatting with locals over coffee and cake in Vienna, which is famous for its café culture? Ready for a journey into the culture and history of Central Europe? If the answer to the above questions is ‘yes’, then this course is for you! Our Introductory German 102, Part 2 course continues with the basics of spoken conversational German, introductory grammar, vocabulary, and reading practice.

• Subsequent Term courses continue with Introductory and Intermediate German (i.e. our German 103-104 and 201-204 courses) and continue to include additional reading and comprehension practice, grammar, vocabulary, and conversation and will continue in the same time slot for the duration of the full course.

Course curriculum:

Week by week new material will be posted throughout the duration of the course. Video recordings of each weekly session will be posted here after 1-2 days after each class.

    1. EarthDiverse Course Information

    2. EarthDiverse Zoom instructions

    1. 20240510 T2.1 German 102 Video

    2. 20240510 T2.1 German 102 Class Notes

    1. 20240517 T2.2 German 102 notes

    2. 20240517 T2.2 German 102 video

    1. 20240524 T2.3 German 102 video

    1. 20240531 T2.4 German 102 class notes

    2. 20240531 T2.4 German 102 video

    1. 20240607 T2.5 German 102 class notes

    2. 20240607 T2.5 German 102 video

About this course

  • Video and PDF content of class presentations or whiteboard notes are uploaded weekly within 1-2 days after each live session. o
  • Begins Friday 10 May 2024
  • NZ Time: Fridays 6:00-7:30pm

Meet our Instructor

Dutch, German & Japanese Instructor Hein Laaper

I was born in Utrecht, Netherlands, but have lived most of my life in New Zealand. I graduated from the University of Waikato, also completing my Diploma of Teaching, after which I studied for one year at the University of Gõttingen, Germany, and later completing different courses in Tokyo and Osaka. I am presently a registered NZ teacher having taught for over 40 years in the NZ Secondary School System, mainly Japanese and German. Over the years I have also been involved in the Continuing Education programmes in Hamilton in German and Dutch. My interests are traveling, gardening, architecture and good food.


This is a hybrid class with both in-person sessions in our classrooms and streamed live via Zoom.

All in-person classes are held at the EarthDiverse offices and classrooms located at 401 Anglesea Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton (located just north of the Hamilton Central Bus Station) (entrance is located on the side of the building, see map). Those looking for parking for our evening classes can park just in front of the building in any of the available car parks. Daytime parking can be found in our dedicated car parks, or free 2-hour on-street daytime parking can be found just in front of Anglesea Street.

Distance Learning:

This course has distance-learning options for those unable to attend the live class sessions in Hamilton. Students have three options for attending our courses once they have registered:

  • Attend in-person classes in our Hamilton classrooms at the regularly scheduled day and time.

  • Attend our live on-line classroom sessions via Zoom at the regular scheduled day and time.

  • Watch the live-recorded class sessions at your leisure, at a time, day and place more suited to your schedule.

Distance-Learning options:

Live Zoom sessions and Video-Recordings

  • • In addition to our in-person classes in Hamilton, our courses offer distance learning options for those unable to attend classes in-person. Live-streamed Hamilton classes are available via free Zoom software for those living outside the Waikato. Live-streaming allows you to participate fully in your own learning, ask questions of the instructor and participate fully in the same way as if you were in the physical classroom.

  • • Those unable to attend the scheduled date and time of the actual class sessions, or those who need to miss a class or two due to previous engagements or unexpected illness, can watch any or all of the live-recorded video sessions on their computers, laptops, tablets or mobile devices and study at their own pace and in their own time.

  • • Detailed instructions on how to access our distance learning components will be sent after completing your registration. There are no additional fees for this service. However, distance learners will need access to a desktop or laptop computer with a good quality web-camera (tablet devices and mobile phones can also access our live-streamed classes), a built-in microphone (most modern laptops have built-in microphones) or a headset with a microphone. You will also need to download and install the free Zoom software on your computer or device. Those accessing the video recordings will be able to do so with a simple web browser on any device.

Pricing options:

• All prices in New Zealand dollars and includes GST. • Unwaged includes students, seniors, retirees and unemployed. • Prices remain the same regardless of your chosen method for accessing this course.


Those who cannot make the class meeting day and time via live Zoom sessions may consider accessing this course through the weekly recorded video sessions. Class videos are usually posted within 1-2 days of each live class session and are available for your own personal learning on a day and time of your choosing.

• This course has no assignments, quizzes, tests or exams.

• You will not need to purchase any reading materials.

• All classes encourage questions and group discussion.

• PDFs of class presentations and video recordings of each session are posted 1-2 days after each session for the duration of the course.

• If you’re attending in-person, course fees include tea/coffee/snack at each session. Help yourself!

• There are no refunds for missed classes.

• Guests of registered participants are welcome to attend a single session without registering.

• If, however, this course is cancelled due to insufficient enrolments please note that your registration fee will either be refunded in full or you may select to receive a course credit. Your choice!


All materials are included in the course fees. These are developed by our instructors and distributed as PDF files on the course webpage.

• Course materials are provided to all registered students as digital materials made available to you on the course webpage for download (accessible after registration). There is no need to purchase any additional textbooks for this course, although you may choose to do so to supplement your learning.

• You will only require a pen or pencil, a notebook for taking your own class notes, and a loose-leaf binder.

• Any notes that our instructor writes on a digital whiteboard are posted to the class webpage on your dashboard as a PDF file so that you can print these out at home and add them to your own notebook.

Prerequisites :

A keen desire to continue your German learning!

• There are no prerequisites for this course.

• Please contact us (using the “Contact” link below) if you have some basic understanding and wish to join this course.

• Open to both adults and kids 10 years and older.