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.

Lehrkräftequalifizierung (Teaching qualifications)

International comparative studies on student achievements (such as PISA) have shown that the success prospects of students with a migration background in the German education system are far lower than those of their German peers. This is often caused by inadequate German language skills.

The large number of children and young people learning German as a second language poses major challenges to early learning facilities and schools alike and requires specific skills from education staff. The provision of further and advanced training for nursery staff and teachers, with a focus on language education and multilingualism, therefore has an important role to play. For that reason, the Goethe-Institut offers the following distance learning courses: The qualification required to teach adults learning German as a second language on integration courses is a university degree in the subject of German as a foreign language or German as a second language. Teachers with other degrees may only teach on the integration courses if they obtain an additional qualification for teachers on integration courses approved by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees The relevant criteria were developed by the Goethe-Institut and laid down in the Programme for the additional qualification for teachers of German as a second language. The Goethe-Institut is also one of the accredited training providers (see list of accredited training institutions).

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