Literacy at IQ

Reading and writing is a prerequisite to everyday communication. Menus, price tags, SMS - all are important and useful sources of information that we can only understand if we can read them quickly and understand them. The literacy courses at IQ are aimed at people who want to become better readers and writers of German so that they can take decisions and act independently.

Literacy: learning to read and write

Learning to read and write for German native speakers and beginners

Beginning literacy for native speakers of German

This course is the ideal choice for those who grew up speaking German, but would now like to be able to read and write it, too. You'll practise listening to and recognising the sounds of the language and then how the equivalent is expressed in writing. First, we will learn the differences between the sounds of the language and the names of the letters used to spell those sounds. Through practical exercises we will also help you develop the essential awareness of unstressed syllables that usually get swallowed while speaking, but which appear in the written language. Last but not least, you will learn how to write the words out by hand. 

Learning to read and write for intermediate native speakers of German

Intermediate literacy for native speakers of German

This course is aimed at all those who learned to read and write German in school or at home, but have not used it for a long time. This course is also suitable for graduates of the beginner course as they continue to hone their skills here. 

Some peculiarities of the German language cause difficulties for native speakers and people learning it as adults. In the intermediate literacy course at IQ, you will learn to master these features and get better at the written language. This begins with reading and writing longer, often compound words. Using simple exercises, you'll learn how to divide such words automatically into smaller units and readily understand what you're reading and knowing how to write them.

We'll also work on refining your ability to recognise sounds and spell them correctly. This is especially true for those sounds that sound slightly different, but are represented by the same letter. We will also in detail go into the rules of spelling.

Learning to read and write for beginners

Beginning literacy for non-native speakers of German

Did you grow up speaking another language, sometimes with a different alphabet? In this introductory course, you will master step-by-step the particular challenges of learning to read and write German. This course is a gentle introduction to the sights and sounds of the German language. You'll first practise the correct pronunciation of German words and develop a good sense of the individual sound units in German. You will then gradually be introduced to the Latin alphabet. You'll practise writing the letters and become familiar with the associated sounds. This way you will learn the basics of reading and writing German, which is the first step to learning more German.

Learning to read and write for intermediate non-native speakers of German

Intermediate literacy for non-native speakers of German

Already mastered the basics of written German? If you've learned to read and write in German as an adult from scratch, you can now be very proud of this achievement. But there are some peculiarities of the German language that often cause persistent trouble. In this course, you will work on such minor and major stumbling blocks such as learning to break down longer, compound words so that you can read and write more fluently. In addition, we'll work on eliminating small pronunciation and grammar mistakes that creep in over time and that might cause problems at work or formal occasions. We'll also compare the rules of your native language and German and identify the differences.

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Language certificates

The DSH certificate is an admission requirement for foreign students at many German universities.
The telc exam at IQ can be taken in many different languages.
TOEIC serves as a proof for knowledge in international business english.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language serves as a proof for English language skills of non-native speakers.
WiDaF serves as a proof for German language skills in economic sectors.

Literacy courses at IQ: finally learn to read and write

Menus, emails, contracts, read-aloud stories for children: there are endless situations where a mastery of reading and writing is almost indispensable. Nevertheless, there are more than seven million Germans who can not read and write properly. A dilemma, because not being able to read and write properly is often embarrassing or unpleasant. This can be quickly remedied with a literacy course. Many already have the basics of reading and writing, but have never used it much or had adequate training.

With IQ, you will find a literacy course where these issues are addressed sensitively. Specially trained language and reading instructors will work with you on those specific points where you need help. Our instructors in our literacy courses know that there's always individual reasons behind whatever's keeping you from reading and writing. The content and the speed of the learning units will be systematically adapted to address the exact points where you repeatedly have issues. Practising writing out the letters can be just as much a part of literacy lessons as practising compound words, reading and understanding complex sentences, and the correct use of grammar and spelling rules.

The right literacy course for everyone

IQ provides literacy classes for beginners who are new to dealing with letters and writing and also for those who can read and write basic texts, but have difficulties with the peculiarities of the German language and complex sentence structures. For example, literacy courses might address how the emphases in the spoken language are reflected in writing. 

The situation is different for those who did not grow up speaking German. IQ offers a special literacy course which largely aims to familiarising them with the Latin alphabet. Often, these learners don't lack experience reading and writing in their native languages, but they have a hard time figuring out the alphabet used in German and its connection to the spoken language. If you're a non-native speaker of German and have mastered reading and writing Latin characters, our intermediate literacy course focuses on the more complex spelling rules of German and refining your pronunciation.

Reading and writing for more independence

With a literacy course at IQ you will soon no longer be dependent on help from others when it comes to reading and writing. Bedtime stories with your kids will become a shared learning experience and you'll no longer have to guess what's on the menu in a restaurant. You can take literacy lessons at IQ either in a group or individually, as you wish. Visit for a free, no-obligation consultation and find out more about literacy lessons at IQ. Get to know us. We looking forward to getting to know you!

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