The focus of the Goethe-Institut on migration and integration

Our Focus
Language is an important key to the integration of immigrants and therefore a main focus of the Goethe-Institut’s language department. Explore the various aspects of our work, background information and useful suggestions, ideas, examples.

Pre-integrative language training

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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.

Transition Management

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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 and Certificates

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    Integration courses aim to improve and ease the integration of immigrants in Germany.

    German test for immigrants

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

    Qualification courses for teachers of integration courses

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    The BAMF teacher training is conducted in a full-length form with 140 lesson units and in an abridged form with 70 units as a two-week or four-week classroom-based course at the Goethe-Institut Mannheim.

    Teaching qualifications

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    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.

    Action area: Islam in Germany

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    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.

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