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Teacher professional development

Are you looking for professional development opportunities for German teachers? Coaching (training), scholarships, methodology courses, language courses, diversity training? Group or individual opportunities? Self-paced trainings for yourself and/or your colleagues? On this site you will find the latest information about all Goethe-Institut USA programs tailored to your needs. 

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Upcoming professional development opportunities

Year round professional development

Spark for German © Spark for German

Spark for German

A joint project between the Goethe-Institut and the American Association of Teachers of German, SPARK for GERMAN provides professional development for future German instructors and enables students across the United States to start learning German at an early age.


Deutsch Lehren Lernen

Do you have limited opportunities to share ideas with colleagues or to talk German outside the classroom? Improve your teaching skills with our 8-week continuing education and methodic-didactical courses conducted in German for full immersion experience. 

  Coaching for teachers ©Daniel Albanese


A multilayered program for experienced teachers of German seeking to become certified Goethe-coaches and German teachers looking to book a free-of-charge coach for their (virtual) instruction. School administrators may request coaches for their German faculty. 

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Online language courses for teachers

Do you have limited opportunities to speak German outside of your (virtual) classroom? Register for our online language courses (Level B1, B2 and C1) to improve your German skills and get plenty teaching ideas and preparation for our Deutsch-Lehren-Lernen (DLL) methodic-didactical courses.

Stipendien © Goethe-Institut / B. Ludewig

Scholarships for teachers

Goethe-Institut USA awards scholarships for participation in language courses and professional development seminars (e.g., cultural studies or German as a foreign language theory and practice) in Germany and in the U.S. 

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GETVICO: Virtual conference for German teachers

GETVICO24 the virtual conference for teachers of Germans that took place in October 2020 attracted 11.000 participations around the globe. Here you can watch recordings of all conference presentations.

Materials for professional development

Communication Modes © Goethe-Institut / Bernhard Ludewig

Differentiated instruction

This 3-hour workshop enables teachers to foster language development of individual learners through the concept of differentiated instruction.

Developing Intercultural Competence © Getty Images / Totororo

Diversity Traning/Developing intercultural sensitivity

This 3 to 5-hour workshop will show participants how societies differ in terms of values, behaviors, and traditions, with the goal of developing intercultural sensitivity among both teachers and learners and of acquiring methods to deal with intercultural misunderstandings.

Theaterworkshop © Susanne Even

Theater workshop

Workshop on using theater techniques in foreign language instruction. Explore various aspects, such as learning grammar through theater, preparing texts for a dramatic performance, or identifying with a character. Video clips available. 

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