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DLL 1-17

Deutsch Lehren Lernen®

  • Goethe-Institut’s practical continuing education and professional development series
  • for teachers of German as a foreign language and German as a second language (primary, secondary, and adult education)
  • designed to revolve around your own instruction and students
  • also adapted for professionals (with teaching experience) changing careers
  • recognized by the Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF)

Virtual DLL Conference

At the end of September 2020 the professional development programme Deutsch Lehren Lernen® (DLL) celebrated its tenth anniversary, and the Goethe-Institut hosted a virtual anniversary conference in cooperation with the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität. Click here for the full details of the conference and its outcomes:

Conference Homepage


Das DLL-Programm ist mit dem „Studienpreis DistancE-Learning“ in der Kategorie „Studienangebot des Jahres 2020“ ausgezeichnet. Das DLL-Programm ist mit dem „Studienpreis DistancE-Learning“ in der Kategorie „Studienangebot des Jahres 2020“ ausgezeichnet.

DLL’s solid foundations


Learn more about the approach to continuing education, the Practical Exploration Projects (PEPs), and the methodological and didactic foundations on which DLL is based.

Quality Standards

Deutsch Lehren Lernen® was developed by leading researchers. Learn more about our underlying quality standards.  

© Goethe-Institut; DLL


  • 13 units (German as a foreign language: DLL 1 - 10; German as a second language: DLL 15 - 17)
  • your own learning materials (both physical and digital copies)
  • video clips from actual German classrooms
  • interactive assignments on Goethe-Institut’s online learning platform
  • includes a glossary of terms, an answer bank, and further references to outside resources 
  • Take a look at our practice chapter and DLL 1 trial course

More information on the specific content of individual units can be found here:

Our decisions as teachers determine what goes on in our classrooms. What informs those decisions? How do we define good teaching? What are the unique challenges we face? How do we create and sustain an anxiety-free, motivating, and supportive learning environment? How do we steer the learning process and accompany our students along the path to success? How can we as teachers further develop ourselves professionally?

Prof. Dr. Michael Legutke (Justus Liebig University, Giessen)
Dr. Michael Schart (Keio University, Tokyo)
The students themselves, along with everything they bring with them into the classroom, greatly influence not only how they learn, but how we teach. The better we get to know our students, the better we are able to support and guide them by adapting our instruction to their specific needs and abilities.

Prof. Dr. Britta Hufeisen *
Dr. Johanna Klippel *
Dr. Lina Pilypaityte *
Sandra Ballweg *, M.A.
Sandra Drumm *, M.A.

 *Field of research on multilingualism, German as a foreign and second language, Institute for Linguistics and Literary Science of the Technical University of Darmstadt
This unit focuses on the language we teach itself. What is characteristic of German in terms of its vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, and practical use? What must we know in order to explain to students how German works so that communication is possible? How is German presented in learning materials and how can we best teach vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation?

Prof. Dr. Hans Barkowski *
Dr. Patrick Grommes (Institute for Germanistik I, University of Hamburg)
Dr. Franziska Wallner *
Dr. Britta Winzer-Kiontke *
Beate Lex *

Sara Vicente (Field of research on multilingualism, German as a foreign and second language, Institute for Linguistics and Literary Science of the Technical University of Darmstadt)

 *Institute for Foreign Germanistik. German as a foreign and second language, University of Jena
Assignments, exercises, and interaction in the classroom are ways to practice using the language in the real world. This unit shows you what this looks like in the modern language classroom by means of speaking and writing.

Prof. Dr. Hermann Funk *
Dr. Christina Kuhn *
Dr. Dirk Skiba *
Dorothea Spaniel-Weise *
Dr. Rainer Wicke (Central Agency for German Schools Abroad (ZfA), Federal Administration Office Cologne)

 *Institute for Foreign Germanistik. German as a foreign and second language, University of Jena
In foreign language teaching, learning media accompany the learning process from the very start. This unit shows what modern learning media look like, how they can be used and how they can be didacticized, based on the skills of listening and reading.
Prof. Dr. Dietmar Rösler (German as a foreign language, Justus Liebig University Giessen)
Prof. Dr. Nicola Würffel (German as a foreign and second language, Herder Institute, Leipzig University)
What do we refer to and rely on when lesson planning? What learning goals and proficiencies serve as our foundation? How do we plan different units? How do we design phases of the lesson in a logical sequence? How we plan is influenced by guidelines and by methodological and didactic principles. In this unit, you will develop up-to-date points of reference for your daily work as a teacher and learn about new innovations in the field of lesson planning.
Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Grotjahn (Research in Second Language Acquisition, Ruhr-University Bochum)
Prof. Dr. Karin Kleppin (Research in Second Language Acquisition, Ruhr-University Bochum)
Dr. Imke Mohr (Goethe-Institut Munich, German Educational Cooperation)
Karin Ende (Goethe-Institut Munich, German Educational Cooperation)
What function do assessments (e.g. tests, exams, etc.) serve and what principles and standards should they adhere to? How do we develop effective assessment tools for our own classrooms? How do we use the results of these tools to improve the learning process? These are the questions we explore in this unit.
Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Grotjahn
(Research in Second Language Acquisition, Ruhr-University Bochum)
Prof. Dr. Karin Kleppin (Research in Second Language Acquisition, Ruhr-University Bochum)
The focal points of this unit are language acquisition and the learning process of early childhood, facets of developmental psychology, skill-building, and, above all, methodological and didactic aspects of teaching children. 
Angelika Lundquist-Mog
Beate Widlok
DLL 9: Teaching with Digital Media
German for teens is specifically designed for German teachers of adolescents ages 12 to 19.

This unit explores the latest findings in scientific research regarding cognitive, physical, social, and linguistic developmental processes in adolescents, and their relevance to language learning. Results of a survey of teenagers illustrate the role of motivation in the learning process as well as their ideas about what makes a good German teacher.

Dorothé Salomo
Dr. Imke Mohr (Goethe-Institut)
This unit contains a comprehensive compilation of current research-based and practical strategies for teaching literacy skills to adult migrants in Germany. It familiarizes teachers with the unique demands and challenges of developing literacy in a second language and is suited for instructors experienced with the target group as well as those new to the field.

This unit not only illustrates in detail the theoretical foundations of working with inexperienced readers/writers, but provides a number of concrete strategies for both beginners and advanced learners as well.

PD Dr. Tabea Becker, Necle Bulut, Frank Drecoll, Diana Feick, Dr. Alexis Feldmeier, Andrea Hammann, Angelika Hrubesch, Caterina Mempel, Doreen Nestler, Dr. Sven Nickel, Christina Noack, Martina Ochs, Dr. Kristina Peuschel, Anja Pietzuch, Dr. Henrike Pracht, Christiane Rokitzki, Christiane Scheithauer, Prof. Dr. Karen Schramm, Celia Sokolowski, Tina Stein, Elena Waggershauser
This unit examines the question of how to promote language learning in subjects other than German. It is designed not only for teachers of students with migrant backgrounds, but for educators of all subjects working to improve German as an academic language. Other themes explored in this unit include culturally relevant teaching and multilingualism in the classroom. You will discuss real-world examples with the help of interviews and video clips from actual lessons. 
Melanie Beese, Dr. Claudia Benholz, Christoph Chlosta, Erkan Gürsoy, Dr. Beatrix Hinrichs, Dr. Constanze Niederhaus, Sven Oleschko, (University of Duisburg-Essen, German as a foreign and second language)

DLL Continuing education opportunities

  • practical and designed for working professionals
  • online group courses with multicultural exchange
  • accredited certificate of participation and completion
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Continuing Education Online:

Our online continuing education and professional development opportunities are based on DLL and offer accredited participation or university certificates.

Continuing Education worldwide:

Many Goethe-Instituts throughout the world offer DLL trainings and seminars. Familiarize yourself with the options available.

College Credit with DLL

DLL abroad © Goethe-Institut

  • available all over the world
  • professional development and degree credit is possible through cooperation between Goethe-Institut and your higher education institution
  • established partnerships with more than 70 colleges and universities internationally
  • bilateral or trilateral agreements between universities, Goethe-Institut, and University of Jena

Please contact us or your local Goethe-Institut for more information.



The online continuing education programs DLL PREMIUM and DLL MODULAR are offered in partnership with the University of Jena, which organizes complementary in-person seminars. Learn more.

Ernst Klett Sprachen

More information on the content of individual units can be found on Ernst Klett Sprachen website.