Professional development in South Africa

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The Goethe-Institut South Africa is committed to the professional development of German teachers. To this end, we offer various courses in the field of German as a foreign language:
We regularly offer free in-service training in both online and face-to-face formats. The offers, which are aimed specifically at German teachers in the primary and secondary school sector, include one-day training courses in the South African provinces, the multi-day German Teachers' Conference, the global training programme "Learning to Teach German" as well as online seminars and free information on  training courses via an e-mail distribution list.


The Goethe-Institut South Africa regularly organises regional training courses and seminars for German as a foreign language, which take place in the provinces of Gauteng, Free State, KwaZulu Natal and Western Cape. Multipliers trained as trainers conduct the training content in the four provinces.
The regularly four-day German Teachers' Conference takes place in cooperation with the German Teachers' Association of Southern Africa (DLV), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA) and other local partners.

If you would like to take part in our training offers, please send us your e-mail address to We will then inform you regularly about the exact dates. We will then inform you regularly about the exact dates and forward you useful information on the topic of German as a foreign language.



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. DLL is also adapted for professionals (with teaching experience).

to the education and professional development series
Every two years, the four-day German Teachers' Conference is hosted in one of South Africa's major cities. Around 100 teachers take part in the conference and attend lectures and workshops as well as discussion platforms on a common topic over the four days. In addition to the individual in-service training elements, the exchange between teachers, the German teachers' association meeting and a varied cultural programme are important conference points for collegial networking.
The German Teachers' Conference is organised in close consultation with the DLV, the ZfA and the DAAD.
Alternating with the German Teachers' Conference, short teacher training courses are held in four South African provinces: Gauteng, Free State, KwaZulu Natal and the Western Cape. In order to reach German teachers locally and to provide them with further methodological and didactic training, qualified teachers from primary, secondary and tertiary education who have been trained by the Goethe-Institut as multipliers conduct the workshops independently in the provinces.
In the teaching team, the multipliers impart subject didactic content as well as new methods for varied German lessons. The content of the training focuses on learner-activating and action-oriented topics. Special emphasis is placed on the needs of the teachers; what is suitable for immediate use in class, which methods suit my learners and which materials can I use directly after the training?
The need for digital teaching concepts is growing and many teachers teach online. The seminar series "Tips & Tricks" was set up to support the search for tools to be used online and materials prepared for digital teaching. Every Wednesday, Goethe-Institut multipliers and invited experts present suitable aids for online teaching. Anyone interested can participate via the digital platform Zoom and directly exchange information about the presented materials, useful websites and free online services for language learning.
All seminars are recorded and the PowerPoint presentations and content presented are available on the DLV website.