Double native language
courses of three months
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To have command of a language means not only to command a number of words, but also to possess a certain cultural understanding. For this reason, the Goethe Institute in Düsseldorf is offering a series of intercultural language courses. In these, both French people and Germans each learn the others’ language. Yet instead of each group only studying side by side, they are brought together so that the participants can indeed become acquainted not only with words but also with cultural particularities and nuances. The common language study thus fosters cultural exchange and understanding.
A further project concerns the often underrated potential of double native speakers – that is, their power of language – in the work-world. Especially for a state with high export rates like the Northern Rhine and Westphalia, the competency of its citizens in two languages is a significant competitive advantage. In this three-months series of language courses, young Germans and Turks with immigrant backgrounds will be prepared in a targeted way for their entry into professional life (for example, through telephone training). The first course begins on April 25, 2006. The project was developed in co-operation with the University of Duisburg-Essen, the only university in Germany which offers a course of studies on the Turkish language.