Deutsch Lehren Lernen
Teacher Training

Deutsch lehren lernen

The innovative concept of DLL puts the attention on the daily practices and challenges of the German language classroom and deals with the key players and fundamental elements of instruction. Topics such as language skills, grammar, vocabulary, phonetics, literature, classroom formats, etc. are integrated into a competence-driven teaching concept.

The DLL units were specifically adapted for the three-year project that promotes tri-cultural cooperation: German teachers from the U.S., Canada, and Germany engage in cooperative learning and exchange of ideas. The seminars are scheduled in spring, fall, and winter.
 

Deutsch lehren lernen

In the USA, Canada, and Germany, DLL units are offered in an online format, with six independent courses per year. Participants work in 3-member intercultural teams (USA, Canada, Germany) on their action research, which promotes the development of their teaching competencies as well as the intercultural exchange among the team members.

DLL offers the perfect combination of theoretical components and coordinated practical sessions. A collection of video recordings from actual lessons will help teachers gain authentic insight into teaching and learning processes. Practical Exploration Projects give participants the opportunity to work in small teams to integrate what they have learned into their own classrooms. This way DLL also offers the opportunity for collaboration and sharing of ideas and materials with other motivated colleagues.

The DLL program is a great addition to teacher workshops that are offered by the members of the Goethe-Institut's Trainer Network USA at local or regional conferences or AATG chapter meetings.
DLL's target audience are teachers of German as a foreign or a second language in elementary, secondary and adult educational contexts in the USA, in Canada, and in Germany.

Even if you haven't received your teacher certification yet, you can expand your knowledge base with one of the DLL units. The language level required for participating in the program is the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference (Advanced Low on ACTFL Proficiency Scale).

Working on the units is most beneficial for those participants who already teach independently or have completed student-teaching phase of their training.

If there are more applicants than spaces available, priority will be given to German teachers who are relatively new to the profession (with less than four years of experience). If space is available in a DLL course, Teaching Assistants in college departments who teach German independently may also enroll.
The participation is free.

The registration fee for each DLL course is USD 100.00 . As part of your course application, you have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship covering the registration fee.

Application form

Dates for the USA, Canada, and Germany

Fall

Dates: September 11 - November 05, 2017
Application deadline: August 21, 2017
​Choose between
DLL7: Assessment and evaluation
OR
DLL2: How is German learned as a foreign language?


Winter

Dates: October 23 - December 17, 2017
Application deadline: October 02, 2017
​Choose between
DLL1: Teaching competency and instructional processes
OR
DLL4: Task-based instruction and interaction


Spring

Dates: April 03 - May 28, 2017
Application deadline: March 13, 2017
​Choose between
DLL6: Curriculum specifications and lesson planning
OR
DLL9: Language learning in a hybrid format
To successfully participate in the DLL 2 unit, you must take part in the following activities:

Participate in a minimum of 3 live online meetings
Dates:
End week 1 - Sunday, September 17th at 12.00pm EST - 09.00am PST - 06.00pm MEZ
End week 3 - Sunday, October 1st at 12.00pm EST - 09.00am PST - 06.00pm MEZ
End week 5 - Sunday, Oktober 15th at 12.00pm EST - 09.00am PST - 06.00pm MEZ
End week 8 - Sunday, November 5th 12.00pm EST - 09.00am PST - 06.00pm MEZ


Carry out the action research project (PEP) in your classroom between October 23rd to 27th.
To successfully participate in the DLL 7 unit, you must take part in the following activities:

Participate in a minimum of 3 live online meetings
Dates:
End week 1 - Sunday, September 17th at 12.00pm EST - 09.00am PST - 06.00pm MEZ
End week 3 - Saturday, September 30th at 12.00pm EST - 09.00am PST - 06.00pm MEZ
End week 5 - Saturday, Oktober 14th at 12.00pm EST - 09.00am PST - 06.00pm MEZ
End week 8 - Saturday, November 4th 12.00pm EST - 09.00am PST - 06.00pm MEZ

Carry out the action research project (PEP) in your classroom between October 23rd to 27th.
To successfully participate in the DLL 1 unit, you must take part in the following activities:

Participate in a minimum of 3 live online meetings
Dates:
End week 1 - Sunday, October 29th  at 12.00pm EST - 09.00am PST - 06.00pm MEZ
End week 3 - Sunday, November 12th  at 12.00pm EST - 09.00am PST - 06.00pm MEZ
End week 5 - Sunday, November 26th  at 12.00pm EST - 09.00am PST - 06.00pm MEZ
End week 8 - Sunday, December 17th  at 12.00pm EST - 09.00am PST - 06.00pm MEZ

Carry out the action research project (PEP) in your classroom between December 04th to 9th.
To successfully participate in the DLL 4 unit, you must take part in the following activities:

Participate in a minimum of 3 live online meetings
Dates:
End week 1 - Sunday, October 29th  at 12.00pm EST - 09.00am PST - 06.00pm MEZ
End week 3 - Sunday, November 12th  at 12.00pm EST - 09.00am PST - 06.00pm MEZ
End week 5 - Sunday, November 26th  at 12.00pm EST - 09.00am PST - 06.00pm MEZ
End week 8 - Sunday, December 17th  at 12.00pm EST - 09.00am PST - 06.00pm MEZ

Carry out the action research project (PEP) in your classroom between December 4th to 8th.
General information:
  • The course lasts 8 weeks.
  • The instructors will accompany you throughout the entire course.
  • All of the activities take place in the online classroom.
  • A Practical Exploration Project (Praxiserkundungsprojekt – PEP) will be done in a group during weeks 7 and 8. During week 8, you will incorporate it into your teaching.
  • Four Adobe Connect live sessions (90 minutes each) will be held. You will be required to participate in at least three of these sessions.
  • The live online sessions can be done at home on your computer. You simply need a reliable Internet connection, a headset with a microphone and headphones, as well as a webcam.
  • An individual technology check will be done prior to the first live online session.
Activities:
  • The weekly workload is around 4-5 hours.
  • The assignments may be completed individually in the online classroom.
  • There are mandatory and optional assignments.
  • There are two group work projects, which will require you to work on an assignment with other course participants. Work on these projects may be done at different times.
  • The groups will consist of participants from the U.S., Canada, and Germany.
  • Two portfolio assignments will be completed, which will provide you with specific support and serve as a guide for incorporating the new material into your teaching.
  • The deadline for turning in all mandatory assignments is Friday of each week.
  • New assignments for the upcoming week will be posted on Saturday.
 
In order to earn the participation certificate, you must:
  • complete all mandatory assignments.
  • participate in at least three live online sessions.
  • work in a group to plan a PEP, incorporate it into your teaching, and present it to the other participants in a live session.

Learn more about DLL

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Approach

Find out more about the training approach, Practical Exploration Projects (PEPs), and methodical guidelines that underpin DLL.

Content

Get to know DLL units and find out more about quality standards that guided their development.