The promotion of German as a Foreign Language
German is the most widely spoken language in Europe and over 100 million people call it their native language. Nearly 15 million people speak and learn German as a foreign language.
Within the scope of its cultural relations and education policy, the German Federal Foreign Office coordinates the many different promotion programmes and individual measures carried out by various intermediary organiszations worldwide but supported with Federal funds.
Cooperation partners for language promotion are the Goethe-Institut (GI), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Federal Office of Administration – Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA), the Educational Exchange Service (PAD), the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa) and Deutsche Welle (DW). Thanks to their multi faceted engagement these institutions and their international partners help to ensure the development and expansion of German language skills abroad.Over 300 million euro is currently being made available for the promotion of the German language abroad, primarily at German Schools abroad, universities and in adult education.
In Kenya, there are about 3.600 persons learning German every year mostly at schools are private institutions as the Goethe Institut Nairobi. In addition, the German School and the German Academic Exc...
The promotion of the German Language in Kenya
"German - Language of Ideas"
The Federal Foreign Office is working with various organizations to promote the German language worldwide.
"German - Language of Ideas" is a campaign which has been launched by Federal Minister Guido Westerwelle with an homage to the German language. Excerpt from his statement:
"German is the language at the heart of Europe, spoken by more people as a native tongue than any other European language. It is the key to more than 350 German universities and to the largest economy in Europe. Our campaign ... seeks to inspire young people to learn German.
Germany stands for technology and design, for creativity and quality, factors which make it internationally attractive. Learning German gives people access to one of the world's best education and training systems. It opens the door to German literature, music, philosophy and science, to the wealth of major European cultural traditions and, not least, allows you to realize your own aims and ideas."
The campaign will coordinate and present numerous initiatives in a series of individual events all around the world.
Why learn German?
If you can speak German, you can
- include something on your CV that will catch the eye of prospective employers;
- study free of charge at a university in Germany, Austria or Switzerland;
- visit the Berlinale, go to Munich for the Oktoberfest or join in Karneval in Cologne;
- read the latest academic publications (German is the second most popular language in academic publications, and 28% of all books published worldwide are written in German);
- apply for jobs on the international stage. German is one of the official languages of the European Union and is also used in many other international organizations.