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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 changing careers

DLL at a Glance

  • Degree: Your qualification is recognised worldwide.
  • Flexibility: You manage your learning time for every week yourself.
  • Duration: Each unit lasts 8 to 10 weeks with a total of approx. 80 hours of work.
  • Exchange: You work in the group and network with other participants.
  • Support: Our team will advise you in all phases of the training.
  • Quality: The Goethe-Institut has been training teachers of German as a foreign language worldwide for over 60 years.


To participate in the DLL training, you need a university degree (all subjects) or vocational training with several years of language teaching experience.

Non-native speakers must also prove their language competence at level C1.


  • 6 individually bookable training units (DaF: DLL 1 - 6)
  • Learning in the group and via self-study
  • Theoretical basics and practical implementation
  • Interactive assignments on Goethe-Institut’s online learning platform
    includes a glossary of terms, an answer bank, and further references to outside resource
  • Support from a tutor
  • Additional hospitation and in-depth seminars bookable
  • Self-learning material in book form and online
  • Video recordings of authentic DaF/DaZ lessons
Browse through our sample chapter and taster course on DLL 1 here.

DLL Units

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
Learning materials and media are of central importance in the classroom. This unit shows what modern learning materials look like, how they can be analysed, and how to implement them by means of listening and reading.
Prof. Dr. Dietmar Rösler (German as a foreign and second language, University of Giessen)
Prof. Dr. Nicola Würffel (Media Didactics, Heidelberg University of Education)
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)


Are you interested? We will gladly advise you in a personal meeting and answer your questions. Write to us at DLL-Singapur@goethe.de

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


Das DLL-Programm ist mit dem „Studienpreis DistancE-Learning“ in der Kategorie „Studienangebot des Jahres 2020“ ausgezeichnet. The DLL programme has been awarded the "DistancE-Learning Study Prize" in the category "Study Offer of the Year 2020".

DLL Continuing education opportunities

  • practical and designed for working professionals
  • online group courses with multicultural exchange
  • accredited certificate of participation and completion
DLL-Fortbildungsangebote Goethe-Institut


Ernst Klett Sprachen

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