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I decided to settle with taster course...many thx to all of you for your efforts, they were all great, but since it is a folder intended for the use of senior citizens I like this one best! 4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer
Explanation: This is of course not leteral translation, because it does not exist. But Schnupperlehre is an introductory apprenticeship for someone who wants to know more about a profession before chosing it.
Schnuppern - sniff, snuffle
Maya Jurt Switzerland Local time: 19:59 Native speaker of: German, French PRO pts in category: 6
Explanation: if it's a regular, full-length course that's designed for beginners and those without experience, I'd say introductory course is probably on target. I have also seen "beginner courses" or "beginner's course."
A trial course brings to (my) mind a short introduction just to give one a taste of the subject. This is done in many schools here for example whereby students take several weeks each of different electives or foreign languages to decide which one they would like to pursue. I think a good way to describe those is "mini courses" or "introductory mini courses."
Beth Kantus United States Local time: 13:59 Native speaker of: English PRO pts in category: 4