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SPARK for German

SPARK for German is a joint project of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) and the Goethe-Institut, it stands for Structured Program for the Acquisition of German in the U.S. – Resources and Know-How. SPARK offers a playful approach to German learning in after school programs – providing early access to language instruction and creating opportunities for students to learn German into advanced levels. To achieve this goal, SPARK provides professional development for future German instructors and enables them to obtain guided teaching experience.

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SPARK's Mission

  • Engage with German and the cultures of the German-speaking world
  • Foster collaboration between teachers and learners of German across K-16 and work with the community at large
  • Promote diversity and inclusion through high-quality after school programs that connect language learning and teaching with a range of contemporary issues

SPARK's goals

  • Spark interest in German and the cultures of the German-speaking world
  • Strengthen existing German programs and increase demand for new ones
  • Increase the pool of well-qualified German teachers in all 50 states
  • Build capacity to integrate German into the regular curriculum in immersion, elementary, middle, and high school programs


What SPARK offers

Are you interested in strengthening your program? Find out what resources and support SPARK offers.

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Why offer SPARK?

Find out why your school or school district should offer German.

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SPARK for students

Passionate about learning languages? Eager to visit, live, and work in German-speaking
countries? Thinking about becoming a language teacher? Click here to see how SPARK benefits students!


SPARK community

Interested in connecting with existing SPARK Labs and starting your own program? Get to know the SPARK community here!


Do you have questions? Contact the SPARK Team:

SPARK for German
c/o Goethe-Institut Washington
1377 R Street, NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20009
Tel. 202-847-4700

SPARK for German is a joint project of the Goethe-Institut and AATG

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