This glossary explains frequently used terms relating to the language/integration nexus and guides you through the apparent complexities of the relevant concepts and terminology.


On behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany, Goethe-Institut e.V. performs various functions within the field of foreign cultural and educational policy. Its three principal objectives are:

  • to promote the study of the German language abroad,
  • to encourage international cultural cooperation,
  • to convey an all-round image of Germany by providing information on its culture, society and politics.

In Germany, the Goethe-Institut runs language courses, compiles teaching materials, provides further training for teachers, contributes to scientific research and participates in language policy initiatives. In terms of supporting the integration of immigrants through the development of language skills, the Goethe-Institut’s work on the development of the Framework Curriculum for Integration Courses , the German Test for Immigrants (DTZ) and the “Programme for an additional qualification for teachers in the area of German as a second language”

The Goethe-Institut has a long tradition of providing additional qualifications for teachers in the area of German as a second language. From the 1970s onwards, the Goethe-Institut offered basic and further training for teachers in Germany through its “German for foreign workers” project, later “German as a second language”, and has worked continuously to support the integration of immigrants through the development of their language skills.

Since 2007, the Goethe-Institut abroad has offered German courses in the context of spouse immigration. These courses are designed specifically for prospective immigrants to prepare them for the examination leading to the award of the Goethe-Zertifikat A1: Start Deutsch 1.


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