Professional development in Germany

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Grants for Further Training in Germany

Encouraged by the growing interest in training opportunities in Germany the Goethe-Institut is again able to offer a number of grants to teachers. The offer is aiming at German teachers just embarking on their career, as well as at teachers expanding their commitments to GCSE and A-level. Those who train German language teachers are also able to benefit from the variety of courses.

Our courses take place at various Goethe-Institut locations around Germany, between January and December 2017. Depending on your professional requirements you can choose from one of the following options:
  • Further language training - available for both primary and secondary teachers;
  • “Landeskunde” (cultural and regional studies) seminars – suitable for all teachers;
  • Further training in methodology and didactics – catering to those who would like to refresh their knowledge;
  • Online advanced training in methodology and didactics – for those who are not able to travel to Germany;
  • Further training for German tutors – designed for those who train German language teachers.
Detailed course description

These courses last between 1 and 3 weeks. They provide teachers with a variety of materials for the classroom and enable them to develop topic-specific projects with their students at school.

The grant covers accommodation with breakfast, lunch on course days, course costs as well as health, accident and liability insurance. Travel expenses are not covered by the grant.
  • You are a teacher of German as a foreign language or are involved in the teacher training of such teachers; this also applies if you work at a PASCH school.
  • You will be working as a DaF teacher or a trainer of DaF teachers in the coming years.
  • You are willing to pass on what you learn in the seminar to your colleagues at home.
  • You have the necessary prior German-language skills for the type of seminar you wish to attend.
  • You are prepared to take part in the entire seminar, including the cultural program.
  • You can state that you are available for the dates of all of the desired seminars you indicate.
  • You confirm that you have been informed and understand that it is generally not possible to prioritize your three desired seminars.
  • You acknowledge that participants are strongly advised against bringing family members and friends to the seminar, as participants are expected to be fully committed to the seminar. In such cases, the Goethe-Institut will not provide any organizational assistance or help with insurance matters.
  • You acknowledge that we advise against participating in a seminar during a pregnancy to avoid the risk of complications for which no insurance coverage is available.
  • You acknowledge that you are not permitted to bring pets with you.
  • In addition, for an MDO distance learning course: You have solid PC and internet skills and have regular access to a high-speed internet connection at home or at work.
You can apply for a scholarship if you
  • haven't received a scholarship from the Goethe-Institut within the last 4 years
  • will be working as a teacher or teacher trainer in the next few years.
  • You should also be prepared to pass on your experience of the course to other colleagues.
Applications should be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from either the Head Teacher or the Head of Modern Foreign Languages outlining school plans to promote German as a Modern Foreign Language.

Interested? Please download the application form and send it via e-mail together with the letter to the Goethe-Institut London if you live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland or to the Goethe-Institut in Glasgow if you live in Scotland.

Requirements and application form

Goethe-Institut London
stipendien-london@goethe.de

Goethe-Institut Glasgow
stipendien-glasgow@goethe.de

Application deadline: 15 October.

We are looking forward to your application!
You can apply directly to the Goethe-Institut when you are paying for your own costs.
Application deadline: 15 January.
An earlier application increases your chances of a place on your preferred course option. Later applications are accepted subject to places available. Please send your application to: fortbildung-deutschland@goethe.de

Grants for Language Courses in Germany

Learning German in Germany is a unique learning experience. Every year the Goethe-Institut offers grants for language courses in Germany. These courses take place at our institutes in Germany and provide both intensive language tuition and an opportunity to get to know modern German life and culture.

The courses offer practice in all language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Language instruction is in German and follows the communicative approach. Participants are offered a placement test and are assigned to the most suitable course.

Intensive 2-week courses 
Intensive 2 (45 teaching units): course locations and dates

Intensive 2 - Language and Culture (50 teaching units): course locations and dates




 
Tuition fees, course materials, accommodation and half-board on course days are covered. Travel costs are not included.
Teachers who plan to teach for some more years and who have not received a grant from the German Government recently.

Priority is given to:
  • Primary school teachers
  • Teachers who intend to introduce German in their schools
  • Teachers who already teach German, but intend to teach German at a different level/age group
To avoid disappointment, please apply early, especially for courses taking place in July and August.

Applications should be accompanied by a letter from either the Head Teacher or the Head of Modern Foreign Languages outlining school plans to promote German as a Modern Foreign Language.

Interested? Please download the application form, fill it in electronically and send it via e-mail together with the letter to the Goethe-Institut London if you live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland or to the Goethe-Institut in Glasgow if you live in Scotland.

Application form

Goethe-Institut London
stipendien-london@goethe.de

Goethe-Institut Glasgow
stipendien-glasgow@goethe.de

We are looking forward to your application.