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German language upskilling courses for primary teachers

Author: Lilo Börgmann, Goethe-Institut

In October 2015 specialist teachers of German attended a Train the Trainer seminar at the Goethe-Institut in preparation for their tutoring roles in a German language upskilling programme for primary teachers.

After the successful recruitment of trainers, the Goethe-Institut supported 1+2 development officers in establishing twilight programmes in their local authorities. These sessions are now up and running in Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire and Fife, providing training for about 40 primary teachers.

The course aims to equip the participants with an understanding of basic vocabulary, structures and grammar of the German language, models of good language teaching practice and a working knowledge of the Goethe-Institut’s ‘Deutsch mit Felix & Franzi’ teaching resources. Throughout the course teachers are gaining confidence, thereby enabling them to deliver German lessons in an age-appropriate, knowledgeable, varied and enthusiastic way.

A second Train the Trainer day is planned in spring 2016 with a view to rolling out the upskilling programme in more local authorities.

For further information please contact Claudia Kusian.

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