Concepts and Materials
German for young learners

Jugendliche Deutschlerner Foto: Goethe-Institut/Bernhard Ludewig

What we offer

The offer of the Goethe-Institut for young learners is targeted at German teachers and German educators.

Language & Games


 “Autobahn” is an informative, interactive station game that provides many impressions and facts about the German-speaking countries, their culture and products. It's the perfect motivational game for students who are about to choose a foreign language, for beginners who are already learning German and even for parents.

Enterprise German

Enterprise German is designed for schools that want to build a bridge to the world of work or expand their business contacts. The project  combines aspects of professional orientation with an idea contest that stimulates the students’ creativity and inventor spirit.


A smaller version of the "Autobahn" game is the "Millionärskoffer". With its 8 stations it is well suited for a classroom activity and can be set up easily. Students work in groups to collect information from the various stations.

Leiter nach oben

Games are an integral part of the everyday life of children and teenagers. The game “Leiter nach oben"  designed by media and game designer Jan Quilitzsch  is an exciting and educational board game for speaking practice and has been developed specifically for teaching German as a foreign Language. 

Fokus Lernen

Fokus Lernen provides material that will support and enhance concentration and strengthen the student’s ability to learn. These basic practices set the tone for a productive and focused lesson, relying on the fact that quiet and relaxed minds learn better and make learning German more successful.


Erfinderland Deutschland

The poster exhibition Erfinderland Deutschland focuses on world-changing German inventions across the scientific disciplines and presents both historical discoveries and pioneering innovations.

Lautstark - Junge Musik aus Deutschland

The poster exhibition Lautstark offers an insight into the latest trends in German music and is a great resource for learning and teaching German.

A Day in the Life of Average Adam

Accompany 'average' Aussie Adam on his day and find out  how German inventions affect his daily activities.

German Cities and Landscapes

The exhibition introduces viewers to Germany’s cultural and geographical diversity as they are taken on a voyage through 7 cities and 6 landscapes. 

Down Under: German City Names

In addition to this colourful and fantastic poster exhibition the Goethe-Institut Australien offers an accompanying poster of German city names in Australia.     

Poster Germany-Collage

The Brandenburg Gate, a garden gnome, the Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, fans at the Soccer World Cup, a Frankfurter Kranz, a typical German beach chair, a Mercedes-Benz sign… 

Jugend in Deutschland: Learning circle for the poster exhibition

Under the motto “Youth”, the Goethe-Institut Australien has produced a FUNtastic learning circle accompanied by a poster exhibition.

Jugend in Deutschland: Classroom materials for the poster exhibition

These classroom materials are divided into levels A1, A2 and B1 of the Common European Framework for Languages and are accompanied by teacher’s notes.

Socio-Cultural Resources

Kalender 2017 "Menschen in Deutschland"

The  2017 Goethe-Institut calendar has the  title "Menschen in Deutschland". The calendar addresse  topics that are of interest to young people aged between 15 and 25, such as studying, living, working and migration etc. Teaching materials are available for download.


Lifeswap is a series of animated Skype chats between Jörg from Germany and Duncan from New Zealand. The funny filmclips offer an insight into the two different cultures of these men.

Journey to Germany

The little sister of ‘Lifeswap’ has arrived! In this brand-new series ‘Journey to Germany’ we will follow Liam in the months before his departure on exchange to Germany.


Do Germans eat sausage every day? Does every German drive an expensive car? And is it true that everything runs smoothly in Germany? Nina and David, the two hosts of the series Das Deutschlandlabor explore these and other stereotypes about Germans on their journey through the country.

DVD Musik+X

The DVD is a compilation of Pop, Hip Hop, Indie und Techno from Germany as well as the lifestyles of young people.

Step into German

The website "Step into German" presents the latest information about German pop music, soccer and film and offers a great collection of teaching materials.


Film archive "Goethe Collection"

Our film archive "Goethe Collection" is managed by the National Film and Video Lending Service (NFVLS) in Canberra. NFVLS is Australia's largest film library and lends its resources to educational institutions, government departments, industry and professional bodies, and community groups such as film societies around Australia.     

Kurz und Gut macht Schule I: Short Films

On this DVD you will find nine of the best German short films which were mainly produced between 2002 and 2003. All the directors are young and therefore not far from the experiences of the students.

Kurz und Gut macht Schule II: Short Animated Films

On this DVD you will find eleven of the best German animated short films, which were mainly made between 2005 and 2011. Some very successful films from earlier years were added. A team of cineasts and film educators made the first selection but the final decision was taken by a jury of students and college students.

Film Ab!

No matter if beginners or advanced learners… short films are perfectly suited for the use in German lessons. This way, German lessons get more diverse and interesting. Sometimes humorous, sometimes serious – these films show parts of German reality and lead to various occasions to speak and discuss.

Films for German Classes

Through the use of films German lessons can get more vivid. Films can give impulses for authentic regional and cultural studies and motivation to study German. You can borrow films for the use in German lessons from our film archive anytime. The films are in German with German or English subtitles.