Education and Language

Photo (detail): © contrastwerkstatt - Fotolia

Didactics – Multilingualism in teacher training

How can teachers take advantage of multilingual potential in their classes? And how can trainee teachers best be prepared for linguistic diversity in the classroom? Theorists and practitioners in Germany and Europe are looking into these questions.More ...
Not everyone is equal: children of migrant origin often experience discrimination at school. | Photo (detail): © Gorilla/Fotolia

Better marks without a headscarf – Discrimination in schools

All children are supposed to have equal educational opportunities – that sounds good in theory. In reality, however, many pupils of migrant origin experience discrimination. A number of initiatives in Berlin are committed to changing this.More ...
Migrationsforscher Aladin El-Mafaalani | Foto (Ausschnitt): © creativecommons.org

Ideas on Integration – Refugees at German Schools

Many schools in Germany are still struggling with the task of integrating refugees. In our interview, migration researcher Aladin El-Mafaalani explains why this is, and what could be improved.More ...
Cultures are not networks with clearly definable boundaries. | © vege - Fotolia.com

Intercultural teaching and learning – Rethinking intercultural learning processes

Cultures do not have clearly definable boundaries, and are by no means homogenous within themselves. Instead, they are defined by dynamic relationships and interactions between people. – What is the significance of these new findings when it comes to designing intercultural learning scenarios?More ...
The Berlin slam poet Bas Böttcher | Photo (detail): © Felix Warmuth

Poetry-Slam for GFL/GSL Learners
“If you do not understand it, feel it!”

Presenting your own text on a stage and facing up to the judgement of the audience – that's what a poetry slam is all about. Learners of German as a second/foreign language can now use these modern lyric competitions as an exciting way of accessing language.More ...
The linguist Elisabeth Wehling | Photo (detail): © Elisabeth Wehling

Figures of speech – How words influence our thinking

Does whether we talk about “refugees” or “people who have fled their homes” alter the discourse? The linguist Elisabeth Wehling studies how words and phrasing shape our thinking. She is engaged in research at the University of California, Berkeley, on the significance of language in political debates.More ...
Three of the 16 prize-winning DACHL finds | Photo: © Erika Kommer, Inka Helwig, Hyacinthe Ketchemen Ngabang

Finds – opening doors to German-speaking countries

What do wild boar graffiti, something that appears to be a bus stop sign and a pair of old shoes have in common? They are three of 16 finds to win prizes in the DACHL-Fundstücke competition.More ...
Online advanced training offers an anytime-anywhere additional qualification | Photo (detail) © contrastwerkstatt - Fotolia.com

Online Advanced Training in GFL and GSL – Flexible, practical and qualified

Whether trained teacher or career changer – the Goethe-Institut’s advanced training courses offer present and future teachers additional qualifications in “German as a foreign language” and “German as a second language”.More ...
Intercultural learning processes make the students curious | Photo (detail) © Andrey Popov - Fotolia.com

Multilingual Didactics – Thinking Outside the Box

The Framework of Reference for Pluralistic Approaches to Languages and Cultures serves as the basis for teaching and learning processes in the promotion of multilingual and intercultural skills. How can it be integrated into the teaching of German as a foreign language?More ...
Alternative school concepts are becoming increasingly popular in Germany. | Photo (detail): © Fotolia

Alternative education concepts – Laboratories for the school of the future

They upend conventional education concepts. Laboratory schools, Free Alternative Schools and other innovative approaches ensure that students in German schools enjoy more freedom. They would also appear to offer great potential for integrating students with a migration background.More ...
For young researchers from abroad Germany is an attractive location | Photo (detail): © SolisImages/Fotolia

Young international researchers – Many roads lead to the PhD

Carrying on research next door to Nobel laureates – this is possible at several institutions in Germany. For young international scientists, Germany is also an attractive research location because of its good infrastructure and excellent academic supervision.More ...
“Our networks are strong and will continue to exist” | Photo (Detail): © pressmaster/fotolia

Brexit and academia – German-British nervousness

The British referendum on whether or not to leave the EU has left the academic world in a state of uncertainty. Are collaborative research and the freedom to travel now at risk?More ...

Multilingualism – “The world is opened to children by language”

Children experience their own multilingualism mainly as positive, says Professor Ingelore Oomen-Welke. But this needs certain conditions.More ...

Islamic Theology – A Bridge to Muslim Life

Five German universities have been offering degrees in Islamic theology since 2010. How successful are these courses, and how much influence do the universities have? Taking stock of the situation so far.More ...
An app makes possible a first entry into learning German. | | © LoloStock - Fotolia.com

“An app can’t replace a regular language course.” – An interview with Heike Uhlig

Do smartphones and apps suffice to learn German? Heike Uhlig on the scope and limits of digital services.More ...
Avicenna fellows; © Valentin Paster

Studienwerk Avicenna – cosmopolitan and female

Avicenna is the first state-sponsored Muslim scholarship organisation in Germany. It supports gifted and socially-committed students of all disciplines.More ...
Esther und Socke | © Nachtmann & Silies GbR / WDR 2015

German with Sock – When puppets talk

How can children learn German with hand-made sock puppets and tablets? The creators of “Deutsch mit Socke” (German with Sock) show how easy it is.More ...
A knowledge of a language is often a requirement for the job. | © Photographee.eu – Fotolia.com

Job Application – Classifying Knowledge of German on a CV

Some say that they are “professionally competent” as soon as they are able to order a coffee in German. Others state that their German is C2 without any further explanation. Language skills, of course, have to be mentioned whenever people apply for a job, but what is the correct way to describe them?More ...
Online-based course formats provide flexibility | Photo (detail): © vadymvdrobot - Fotolia.com

Studying without papers – Kiron University for Refugees

Without the required documents and knowledge of German, refugees have no access to German universities. Kiron University in Berlin provides immigrants with training without bureaucratic hurdles.More ...

The Refugee Crisis – Knowledge is Integration

Asylum-seekers in Germany often have to take a few hurdles before they are able to start studying or find a highly skilled job. As a result, more and more programmes and initiatives are developing concepts aimed at smoothing the path to education and scholarship.More ...
Rachel Muchira from Kenya is doing a Ph.D. at the University of Leipzig. | © Rachel Muchira

Foreign Students – “Preparing for the Special Features of the German Educational System”

Too many foreign students still break off their studies. Gebhard Reul of the German Academic Exchange Service explains what German universities can do to foster integration.More ...
Pupils from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds | © jovannig - Fotolia.com

“Teachers Need to be Trained in German as a Second Language”

Refugees who spend three months or more in Germany are required to send their children to school. First, however, they need to learn German. This poses major challenges for teachers, says Josef Kraus, president of the German Teachers’ Association.More ...
Clinic staff have to facilitate communication between the doctor and the patient | © rocketclips – Fotolia.com

Interpreting In Hospitals – How German Clinics Are Facing Up To The Challenge Of Multilingualism

In their everyday working lives a lot of nurses and hospital orderlies who are bilingual often have to help out as amateur interpreters. But being bilingual does not necessarily qualify someone as an interpreter.More ...
Career in Germany: Michelle-Ange Monteu from Cameroon works as a doctor in Baden-Württemberg; © anerkennung-in-deutschland.de

“The chances are good” – Foreign Professional Qualifications

People who come to Germany from abroad and hope to find work here face a number of obstacles. As the expert Ariane Baderschneider explains, however, more and more advice centres and programmes are available to help ascertain whether qualifications obtained in a person’s home country will be recognized in Germany.More ...
Benefiting from diversity | © Nejron Photo - Fotolia.com

Using Different Learning Cultures – Preparing for Study in Germany

Only six of ten foreign students leave Germany universities with a degree. For many, dealing with different learning cultures is difficult. How can they prepare themselves for studying in Germany?More ...
The German language is the first step toward accessing education | © Igor Mojzes – Fotolia.com

New Words for Farid – German Lessons for Young Refugees

The crises in the Middle East and in Europe have brought thousands of young refugees to Germany. They learn German in specially organised courses, but this also poses major challenges for the teachers.More ...
Promoting multilingualism instead of curbing it | © lassedesignen - Fotolia.com

Better Chances with Multilingualism – An Interview with Claudia Maria Riehl

The assertion that multilingualism among immigrants is an obstacle to integration is still doing the rounds. This thesis, however, contradicts the latest research findings.More ...
Multilingualism offers great opportunities; © shironosov/Thinkstock

Multilingualism – tacitly valued but rarely promoted

Children from migrant families in particular quite often grow up speaking two mother tongues. Concepts for promoting this valuable asset are lacking, however.More ...
Children and teacher in a many primary school | © Robert Kneschke - Fotolia.com

“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 ...
The German style of communication is renowned for being explicit and direct

Expressing Criticism in German: Intercultural Communication

Saying what you do not like is not a matter of course in every culture. In Germany, however, it is. Many Germans often criticise openly and directly, nevertheless a few rules still have to be observed.More ...
A bilingual couple: Ursula from Germany and Daniel from Ghana | © Private

Bilingual Relationships: One Love – Many Languages

What are the advantages and disadvantages when personal issues are discussed in a foreign language? Four couples tell their story.More ...
Further articles

goethe.de/einfachhoeren

Funny stories about horses and soccer-players – read out on Arabic and downloadable as a podcast to be listened to anywhere!

goethe.de/wohin

Where to? 21 questions on migration and refuge

goethe.de/welcome

Learning German for Refugees

Arriving App

The guide for your first weeks in Germany

My way to Germany

Videos and practises for German learners