Career Opportunities

GRÜNES DIPLOM ― Teach German at the Goethe-Institut

In its efforts to expand its language course offerings, the Goethe-Institut Boston is looking for college/university graduates who are interested in becoming certified as an instructor of German as a Foreign Language (DaF – Deutsch als Fremdsprache). The Goethe-Institut Boston is offering a continuing education program for this certification. The Grünes Diplom is the worldwide standardized certification for DaF instructors at Goethe-Institut locations abroad.
Goal of the Continuing Education Program 

With the Grünes Diplom, you will acquire knowledge of the fundamentals of modern foreign language instruction. You will be inspired to learn more about topics related to language teaching, methodology, and didactics, and will become familiar with the quality standards of the Goethe-Institut.
Depending on one’s certification, two continuing education options are offered: 
1. Grünes Diplom with DaF certification

  • Introduction – Fundamentals of teaching at the Goethe-Institut, observation classes, and supervised instructional experience (approx. 4-6 weeks)
  • Examiner certification, tutoring training, proof of language abilities at least at the C1 level
  • If lacking: Continuing education in Germany 
2. Grünes Diplom without DaF certification

The continuing education program consists of the following components: 
  • Introduction – Fundamentals of teaching at the Goethe-Institut, observation classes, and supervised instructional experience (approx. 4-6 weeks)
  • In-depth training – Online-based DaF distance learning program Deutsch Lehren Lernen (Learn to Teach German) – DLL 1-6, 9 (approx. 8-12 months)
  • Tester certificate, tutoring training, proof of language abilities at least at the C1 level
  • If lacking: Continuing education in Germany 
Working professionals may also participate in the program. Classroom instruction is possible after the introduction to the fundamentals of teaching at the Goethe-Institut and after completing two successful supervised instructional experiences. 
Application requirements
  • A college/university degree
  • Proven knowledge of German at the C1 level as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
  • Interest and willingness to continue working as a German language instructor on a long-term basis after completing the continuing education program
  • Flexibility: Willingness to teach at nights or on the weekends
  • Confident and secure handling of digital media 
Your costs for participating in Option 2 of the training program are the costs for the distance learning program (DLL). 
Application and selection process
Please send your application materials consisting of your CV, copies of your degree(s) and certificates, as well as a detailed personal statement (at least 500 words) to: 

Goethe-Institut Boston
Christine Möller-Sahling, PhD
Language Program Director

A written agreement will be concluded between the participant and the Goethe-Institut regarding participation in the continuing education program.