Adult learners have a broad spectrum of personal and/or career-oriented educational goals.  To meet these goals, DANK Haus provides immersion language classes with challenging curricula covering listening comprehension, speaking fluency, writing, and grammar.

We offer 7 levels of instruction for everyone from the true beginner to those with high school and college level experience.
  • Elementary German I through IV
  • Intermediate German I and II
  • Advanced German
  • Mini Sessions with focus on conversation and grammar are offered during our Summer Semester

Adult learners are generally considered 18 years and older. Please contact us regarding attendance of high school students.


Registration for the Spring 2017 Semester is closed! We will open registration for Summer 2017 classes in the beginning of May.    Please email us to be added to our mail list so you won't miss our next semester.

By registering, students agree to our school policies (covering withdrawal, refunds, media consent). Please take a moment to read them!

Are joining us with previous learning German experience or are you a continuing student but not sure whether moving on to the next level is right for you?  Please take our placement tests to find the class level that fits your needs best.  Begin with Elementary German I and move on to the next test as you score 80% and more.  We recommend to register for the class level of the test in which you achieved less than 80%.

2017 Academic Calendar

Classes are held by semester (Spring, Summer, Fall).

Spring and Fall Semesters are 16 sessions long and classes meet either Wednesdays 6:30-8:45 p.m. or Saturdays 9:30-11:45 a.m. 

Our Summer Semester is 8 weeks long and offers an intensive Elementary German I class that meets twice a week (Monday and Wednesdays) as well as mini courses with focus on grammar and conversation that meet once a week (Wednesdays) from 6:30-8:45 p.m.

Spring 2017

Wednesdays 6:30-8:45pm
Elementary German I
Elementary German II
Elementary German III
Elementary German IV
Intermediate German II
Advanced German

Saturdays 9:30-11:45am
Elementary German I
Elementary German II
Elementary German III
Elementary German IV

 January 18+21, 2017
 First Day of Classes Spring Semester
 April 5+8, 2017
 No Classes - Spring Break
 April 12+15, 2017 No Classes - Spring Break
 May 17+20, 2017 Last Day of Classes Spring Semester

Summer 2017

Mondays+Wednesdays 6:30-8:45pm
Intensive Elementary German I

Wednesdays Mini Sessions 6:30-8:45pm
Intensive Grammar Review I
Intensive Grammar Review II
Beginning Conversation
Advanced Conversation

 June 5, 2017
 First Day of Elementary German I Class
 June 7, 2017
 First Day of Mini Sessions Classes
 July 26, 2017
 Last Day of Classes

Tuition and Material Costs

Tuition for all 16 session Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced classes is $375.  Additional material fees apply. Tuition for our 8 week Summer Mini Sessions is $190 including materials.

Payment is expected in full by the first day of class.

Material costs for our basic class levels vary:

Elementary German I through IV classes are working with a customized text and work book based on Kontakte, 8th edition. Text and workbook cost $100 per semester total.

Intermediate Levels are working with Stationen, 3rd Edition text book (ISBN-13: 9781285733821).  Students are required to purchase their copy on their own after classes have been confirmed.  Please take advantage of the variety of new and used books as well as ebook and rental versions available.  DANK Haus has a limited number of copies available for a non-refundable rental fee of $40. Please inquire about availability by emailing us!

The Spring Semester Wednesday Advanced class with Gundula Miethke will be reading "Onno Viets und der weiße Hirsch" by Frank Schulz (ISBN: 978-3-86971-127-0).  Students are required to purchase their own copy after classes have been confirmed.

Upcoming events

Contact Us

We encourage you to visit us and sit in during a class.  This lets you see first-hand how the class is taught, and allows you to determine whether our curriculum will meet your needs. 

Office hours are sporadic.  If you would like to discuss questions in person, please leave a message at 773.561.9181 ext.2.  We will be sure to return your call as soon as possible.  In the meantime, we will be happy to communicate with you via email.

Questions about our curriculum? Please contact Language Program Director Dr. Miglena Nikolova.

For general inquiries about programming, registration, tuition, materials and payment or if you would like to be added to our contact list - please contact Language Program Coordinator Anett Rollin.

German American Cultural Center
4740 North Western Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60625

Connect with us

Office: +1 (773) 561-9181
Email: Dank@Dankhaus.com

DANK Haus German American Cultural Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
DANK Haus German American Cultural Center does not discriminate based on race, color, sexuality, national origin, sex, disability or age.
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