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.

vorintegrative Sprachförderung / Vorintegration (Pre-integration language teaching / Pre-integration)

With the new regulations governing spouse immigration, in force since 1 September 2007 , spouses from non-EU countries wishing to join their husbands or wives in Germany are required to demonstrate prior to entry – usually at the time of applying to the German Embassy/Consulate-General for a visa – that they have basic German language skills, equivalent to level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Language certificates which meet the quality standards set by the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE) are accepted as evidence of language proficiency.

Currently, the following examinations are recognised for this purpose: Start Deutsch 1 offered by the Goethe-Institut or telc GmbH , Grundstufe Deutsch 1 (Österreichisches Sprachdiplom – ÖSD) and TestDaF (TestDaF-Institut).

Following spouses thus start to learn German in their home countries in preparation for life in Germany. At its overseas centres, the Goethe-Institut not only runs German courses but also provides many other services for this specific target group, such as additional learning support, advice on migration issues and information about life in Germany. Distance learning, free online exercises and a full practice exercise set for the Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Start Deutsch 1 examination are also available.

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