Professional development in Nigeria
Deutsch – aber Hallo! Nigerian German Language Teachers' Conference at the Goethe-Institut Nigeria
German language teachers and lecturers from all over Nigeria met at the premises of the Goethe-Institut Nigeria between April 04-06.2018 in order to get to know each other better, to attend several workshops and to discuss the current situation of German as a foreign language in the country.
Beside the Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Ingo Herbert, the Consul General of Switzerland, Mr. Yves Nicolet, and the head of Advantage Austria, Mrs. Nella Hengstler, took part at the official opening in order to emphasize the importance of the German language for their countries.
For two days, a comprehensive selection of workshops offered the opportunity to deal with topics that are relevant both for teaching but also for one's own professional development, e.g. use of new media, creative writing, young adults literature in German language classes. .
Margit Diiango, the head of the language department of the Goethe-Institut Cameroon, facilitated a workshop on the topic "Preparation for the Goethe exam B1", which is very relevant for most Nigerian German language students: "Not every teacher can get really enthusiastic about exam preparations. But all the colleagues in the workshop have been very active and motivated in classifying the B1 exam into the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, and to discuss the different exam modules. They were very interested in language games as attractive tools to repeat the important vocabulary and had lots of fun playing them. With all these practical tips, they feel much better prepared for the next exam training with their students."
The German expert Eugen Müller treated the important topic "Pronunciation training" and commented on the event: "About 50 attentive, curious German teachers from universities and schools, all eager to learn something new, have been in my workshops. The German Language Teachers' Conference at the Goethe-Institut Nigeria, under the new leadership of Friederike Möschel, has been a very special event for me: perfect organization, a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere, inspiring exchange with the colleagues and intensive work in the workshops and plenary events!"
Beside an informative key note speech on German as a foreign language in Western and Eastern Africa by Jean-Léopold Leumassi/ Cameroon, the Consulate General of Germany informed about the current political situation in Germany, the Nigerian-German relations and current visa requirements for students. Dr. Marc Lucassen from the German Chamber of Commerce in Lagos gave a compact overview of the importance of German industry in Nigeria, and job prospects for young qualified Nigerian graduates.
On the last day, the conference provided a platform for NATOG (Nigerian Association of Teachers of German) in order to inform about their activities and to exchange views with the participants, which resulted in a very active and constructive discussion about the future, the challenges and chances of German in Nigeria.
We would like to thank all partners and participants for the really successful event and hope to repeat it in 2019!
The Goethe-Institut Nigeria offers professional development seminars and other events for teachers of German. Every year, Goethe-Institut, often in collaboration with the DAAD and NATOG (Nigerian Association of Teachers of German), holds a training workshop for Nigerian German teachers.