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Pre-integrative language training

Since August 2007, spouses have only been allowed to move to Germany if they can demonstrate basic knowledge of the German language. The Goethe-Institut is creating internationally fair conditions for the language certificate.

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Transition Management

The transition from a language course in the home country to an integration course in Germany does not always run smoothly. This has prompted the Goethe-Institut to focus more closely on the issue of “transition management”.

Integration courses

The integration courses introduced in 2005 aim to improve and facilitate the linguistic integration of immigrants in Germany.

Framework Curriculum for Integration Courses

In autumn 2006, the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI) commissioned the development of a framework curriculum for the integration courses and a tiered language examination for immigrants (A2–B1).

German test for immigrants

On 1 July 2009, a new German examination was introduced to complete the integration courses in Germany, the ‘Deutschtest für Zuwanderer’.

Teaching qualifications

Specialist, professionally trained teaching staff are required for successful lessons in German as a Second Language. The Goethe-Institut offers specific teacher training for German as a Second Language.

Training courses for imams

"Imams for Integration" - further education in German language and cultural studies for Imams working in Germany

Multilingualism – tacitly valued but rarely promoted

Multilingualism offers great opportunities; © shironosov/Thinkstock
Children from migrant families in particular quite often grow up speaking two mother tongues. Concepts for promoting this valuable asset are lacking, however. More ...
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    Integration Debate

    Do you love Germany? – Study on attitudes in “Post-migrant Germany”

    A new study entitled "Post-migrant Germany" set out to investigate attitudes on national identity in Germany. According to the results, these attitudes are ambivalent: people in Germany are open-minded, yet many in mainstream society have major reservations with respect to Muslim immigrants. More ...
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      “Language is a valuable asset for anyone.”
      Review of the “Language. Mobility. Germany.”-conference.

      The “Language. Mobility. Germany.” conference staged by the Goethe-Institut and the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb) brought experts from Spain, Greece, Bulgaria and Germany together on 6 and 7 November to discuss the pros and cons of this new worker mobility. More ...
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        Education & Language

        “Multilingualism is the Norm” – An Interview with Stefan Jeuk

        Mixing languages should be seen as a sign of a language proficiency and something that can be problem-solving. An interview with Stefan Jeuk, head of the language teaching centre at Ludwigsburg University of Education. More ...
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          People travel from north to south, people migrate from south to north – Europe is out of balance | Photo: iStock

          Migration politics

          On welcome culture and isolationism – Migration in Europa

          It seems that half of Europe is on the move: Poles, Romanians, Bulgarians as well as Spaniards and Italians are all being driven from their countries, where unemployment is high, the mood is bleak and life is hard. Many of them end up in Germany, many on the fence. More ...
            “Knotundknot” by Dana Caspersen and William Forsythe in Berlin-Hellersdorf; photo: Marion Borriss


            How You Surprise Yourself

            In the world of dance social choreographies are currently on the upswing. Since 2011, the dancer and choreographer Dana Caspersen has been developing the performance project “Knotunknot” that engages with questions of migration and belonging. More ...
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              Stories of Migration

              Video series “Germany: The Opportunity”

              People from all over the world come to Germany to live, work and study. How do they prepare for this? What kind of world do they leave behind? A new series of video portraits offers a lively insight into the world of European immigrants before their arrival in Germany. More ...
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                Stories of Migration

                Listen to Mobility

                There are plenty of statistics about “mobility”. But who are the people behind the numbers? Why do they come to Germany? Here are some answers from the people themselves. More ...
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                  Migration Stories

                  Arrived? – European expats talk about living abroad in Europe

                  French cooks in Antwerp and Greek information specialists in Berlin: Seven Goethe-Instituts in Europe have come together to collect letters from EU citizens who live and work abroad within Europe. Why have they left their home countries? And have their dreams come true? More ...
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                    Our Focus

                    My Path to Germany – Transition Management website

                    “My Path to Germany” contains a wide range of innovative language learning offers as well as accessible, easy-to-use information for migrants and a guide to (migration) advisory services. More ...