The 'Green diploma' training programme

Training for the 'Green diploma' takes place at whatever Goethe-Institut abroad needs new teachers of German. The diploma is aimed at participants with little or no experience of teaching German as a foreign language (DaF).

The aim is to acquire German as a foreign language teaching qualifications for levels A1 to B1. As a rule the course takes two years and can be taken parallel to the participant's own work. Successful candidates receive the 'Green diploma' certificate.

The basic qualification covers the following modules:

Module 1: supervised teaching practice
Participants sit in on two course modules at the Goethe-Institut, with the support of a trained teacher. They carry out teaching practice, followed by a teaching examination which is graded and decides on the further progress of their training.

Module 2: German Lesson Learning (dll)
With the aid of the Goethe-Institut's electronic learning platform participants study six modules of the “German Lesson Learning” programme on their own initiative, completing every tutorially supervised module with a practical project. They participate personally in a seminar at the start and end of every module. There is a test at the end of the sixth module.

Module 3: instruction in the work of the Goethe Institute
Specific Goethe-Institut content: examiner's certificate, digital media, knowledge of Germany and intercultural learning, certification of German language skills of at least C1 level.

Module 4: knowledge of Germany seminar
Participants take part in a several-week seminar in Germany on knowledge of the country. Among other aspects, their stay in Germany serves as preparation for a demonstration lesson on knowledge of Germany.

Requirements for participation:

  • a university degree
  • a certificate of German-language skills as a minimum at the B2 level of the Common European Reference Framework
  • a readiness to teach at the weekends or in the evening
  • skills in the use of digital media and mobile devices
If you have any questions please contact the head of the language department alexander.kruckenfellner@goethe.de