This glossary explains frequently used terms relating to the language/integration nexus and guides you through the apparent complexities of the relevant concepts and terminology.

Elternintegrationskurs (Integration courses for parents)

The integration course for parents is a type of “special” integration course established by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees to meet the needs of specific target groups. Parents’ integration courses are designed specifically for mothers and fathers, who have a particular interest in their children’s upbringing, education, training and choice of occupation. In that sense, they are similar to the integration courses for women.

However, the integration courses for parents have a slightly different thematic focus; for example, they cover the German education system in more detail. The courses consist of 900 – 1200 lessons plus the orientation course (45 lessons). Childcare is available so that parents can attend the courses and to reduce the drop-out rate. The integration courses for parents/women account for around 12.2% of all integration courses (as at: 02.01.2012).

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