Learning German for kids and teenagers outside Germany
Group of young learners at Sprachinstitut TREFFPUNKT
The best way to learn a language is to approach it from as many aspects and motivations. In addition, preferably, everybody has a different style and method for to learn most successfull. On this page we suggest some resources for learning German as a foreign language or as a second language, especially for children.
German, Austrian and Swiss schools enjoy a good reputation abroad. Information on the conditions and location of German schools is provided by the “Zentralstelle für das Auslandsschulwesen” (Centre for Schools Abroad). Furthermore they pursues other cultural and educational policy objectives of the Federal Republic of Germany:
- an understanding of the host country's culture and society
- the provision of education for German children abroad
- promotion of the German language
In close coordination with the Auswärtigem Amt ( www.auswaertiges-amt.de/ ), which also has the supervision of the schools abroad, they were servived by the Federal States:
- 117 schools worldwide
- around 428 educational organisations as well as a number of German departments in state schools
Some more detailed information is provided by the following sites:
- German families abroad is the special issue of www.deutsche-fernschule.de. The offered courses of German or full elementary education (German, Maths, Sciences, English, Arts) cover the grades 1 to 5 and are aligned to the mandatory framework of the German ministry of education. Since 2012 also basic courses with a limited time exposure are available adjusted for children who are attending local or international schools all around the world.
- Directory of German Schools Abroad: www.bva.bund.de
- The www.deutsche-fernschule.de is specialized in German families with children living abroad.
- For information on working in schools abroad, see www.dasan.de
- The German Schools Abroad are organized as Weltverband der deutschen Auslandsschulen
- The Baden–Württemberg cultural portal provides information on German Schools abroad: www.km-bw.de
Holiday courses for young people Numerous language schools in Germany specialize in German courses for young people. Language courses in the summer holidays are particularly popular. The following have already established a good reputation:
- Humboldt-Institut: www.humboldt-institut.org
- DID: www.did.de/deutschkurse
- Specialist for school trips: Alpetour.de With more than 50 years of experience alpetour has established oneself as one of the leading tour operator for "TÜV"-certified group travel. In addition to our school trips we also offer high-quality educational trips as well as trips for individuals within our programmes "Family and Friends" and "Studientours". For many years we've also been organising and hosting several events, such as the "Beachline Festival" (the biggest beach volleyball camp in the world) or the "alpetour-Almfest" (alp festival in South Tyrol). Transport safety, a high quality of the accommodation and a very good value for money has absolute priority within all our travel programmes. alpetour is characterized by it's premium quality of the travel and it's outstanding customer service starting with the first travel offer and support during the travel.
German teachers are often asked whether they would like to offer extra tuition on a flexible hourly basis. As a result, many professional tuition institutes are now offering this service – a real booming business in Germany. This is hardly a surprise as the demands on school children and also parents seem to increase every year. The pressure to achieve a good position in the school league tables has led to a demand for better and better results. It is important to know what constitutes a good tuition institute and to have some idea of how much improvement to expect according to cost. Here we provide a checklist to clarify some of the most important criteria:
- Do the students learn in small groups of up to 5 and are achievement and subject ??? linked together?
- Does the institute have clear terms of business that are discussed during the process of registration?
- Does the period of notice conform to the standard of not more than two months?
- Is it possible to have a free trial lesson?
- Do the staff have recognizable qualifications? Can they provide evidence of training or a degree in the relevant subject?
- Are the teaching rooms quiet, light and well equipped?
- Is there always a contact available who can discuss any questions relating to the teaching?
- Is a record of the child’s progress kept and are the parents able to see this? Does the teacher provide a summary of strengths and weaknesses, as well as some ideas on how to learn at home?
- Does the institute freely provide its teaching material?
- Does the institute have a concrete educational concept that underlies its teaching process?
- www.pasch-net.de stands for the "Schools: Partners for the Future" initiative. It is a global network of some 1500 schools that place a high value on German. PASCH is an initiative of the Federal Foreign Office in cooperation with the Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA), the Goethe-Institut (GI), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Educational Exchange Service of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany (PAD). There are many offers to learn German and for networking.
- "Young Europeans Love Languages" is a network of European partners whose aim is to promote language learning as a key skill for lifelong learning. The promoters of the project believe that fun, attractive, and unconventional forms of language learning should be incorporated not only in formal education but also in other non-formal/informal contexts and leisure activities. The YELL network has identified a number of tools to raise awareness and demonstrated the importance of language learning in order to help improve the effectiveness of language teaching. Their aims are:
- to identify previous projects where innovative and useful language tools have been developed but not sustained and, where possible, revive and adapt them for use with young people in non-formal and informal environments
- to make the process of language learning meaningful and fun e.g. language learning as an aspect of sport or social and cultural activities
- to create a toolbox containing language learning tools which have been adapted to be integrated in other social, cultural and sporting activities aimed at young people.
- www.Schule-Studium.de An Internet School-Plattform with a large variety of book notes, learning aids, easy readers, teaching materials and other stuff. The materials that can often be downloaded as well are for almost all school subjects available.
- www.literatur-mathematik.de: Ebook über das schnelle Kopfrechnen von einfachen bis komplizierten Rechnungen anhand von Tricks und Methoden, kostenloser Download
- www.chillola.com is a free foreign language portal for children. It provides to children of the age of 3 to 12 entertaining exercises and creative materials for playful interaction with the foreign language. In addition to German, English, French, Italian and Spanish are available.
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