Learn German while meeting children and teens from all over the world. Have an enjoyable stay while experiencing the culture in the most scenic regions of Germany, with an extracurricular program packed with sports, music, the arts and plenty of fun activities: the Goethe-Institut offers all of this in courses at every level.
German for all levels
To get the young participants in our teen courses off to a good start, there is a short test at the beginning. This is to make sure our course participants are placed in the right course level.
Communicative and interactive
Learning German at the Goethe-Institut means actively experiencing and using the language in pairs and in groups, for example through role plays, with interviews and in projects. The lessons are suited to the various age groups and contain plenty of variety. Speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar are linked in a meaningful way, quickly familiarizing the young learners with the German language. The teaching language is German, of course.
In the leisure time program, the participants have enjoyable and informal opportunities to try out what they are learning in the lessons. An integral part of the teaching program are the excursions with the teacher to learn about Germany and its people. Immersion in a German-speaking environment, combined with our effective teaching methods, will ensure more fun for the learners through progress they can see within a short time.
Programs for the entire day
With our varied and action-packed leisure program, boredom doesn't stand a chance. Every day our team of counselors offers a wide range of sports as well as creative, musical or cultural activities. We are also happy to accommodate special requests from our young guests whenever possible, provided that sufficient numbers of participants are interested.
Sporting activities for all interests
The boarding schools where the courses take place are situated amid beautiful scenery and have attractive indoor and outdoor sports facilities. With full supervision, the participants can play such sports as soccer, handball, volleyball, basketball, tennis, badminton, table tennis and billiards. They can also go cycling, hiking and swimming. Depending on the course location various special activities such as riding, golf, rowing, canoeing, sailing and climbing may be available, to name just a few possibilities.
Designing and creating – while having fun
Creative activities such as theater, mime, painting, pottery, crafts, playing music, film making, photo contests, and helping with the course blog are an integral part of our courses – not to mention games, barbecue nights, disco evenings and movies.
Experience the culture
Examples of excursions include sightseeing tours, visits to museums and exhibitions and trips to concerts, theater performances and movies. With these activities, complemented by our guided outings, our young course participants really get to know Germany.
Carefully selected course locations
Our young learners courses take place at renowned boarding schools, sports academies, conference centers and hotels in Germany's most scenic regions. The classrooms and dormitories are situated on a campus along with the sports facilities and green spaces.
In the boarding schools double rooms and dorm-style multi-bed rooms are available with a shower and WC. Boys and girls are accommodated separately. Some course locations offer single rooms, in some cases for an extra charge.
Meals with plenty of variety
Full board includes three substantial meals a day with plenty of variety. It also includes a selection of refreshments and snacks during course breaks and in the afternoon.
Vegetarian meals and dishes without pork are available at all mealtimes. We regret that we cannot offer Halal cooking or special mealtimes during Ramadan.
The course leaders
Our course leaders have plenty of experience in working with children and teens. On the campus they are responsible for organizing the lessons, the sports, culture and leisure-time program, and also for health and safety. They are available to the course participants and their parents at all times for any questions and suggestions, and are always ready to help or provide advice. Parents can contact the course leaders by e-mail or telephone.
The young participants in the Young Learners Program benefit from the expertise and qualifications of our teachers. Each class has its own class teacher. The lessons, with a maximum class size of 16, are designed with the age group in mind. The activities are varied, with plenty of changes of pace. Classroom activities take the form of a playful, interactive process. Naturally our teachers respond to individual abilities and learning objectives and are pleased to help when learners have special requests. They are also available outside classroom hours for advice and individual study assistance. The classroom teachers accompany their classes on the excursions for getting to know Germany and its people.
Our counselors are there for the course participants 24 hours a day. They plan the program of sports, cultural and leisure-time activities, taking the wishes of the participants into account. The counselors are available to deal with all everyday questions and concerns that arise during the course. They are handpicked by the Goethe-Institut for these courses and have a great deal of experience in working with children and teens.
On average, at least one counselor is available for a maximum of 16 course participants. The younger the participants, the more intensive the support by the counselors. This ensures the best possible leisure-time program and the right level of supervision.