Goethe-Institut (GI)

Goethe-Institut (GI)
Through its institutes and the support of around 600 PASCH schools, the globally active German cultural institute promotes knowledge of the German language abroad, cultivates international cultural cooperation and conveys a comprehensive image of Germany. 

Insights into the work of the Goethe-Institut within the PASCH-Initiative

Activities of the Goethe-Institut within the initiative "Schools: Partners of the future”

  • Secondment of 24 additional so-called experts for teaching, who advise the schools directly
  • Provision of current learning materials and technical equipment for German lessons in schools
  • Language courses and further education for German teachers of the PASCH schools in the areas of methodology, didactics and regional studies in Germany and in the host countries as well as online
  • Youth language courses in Germany and the host countries
  • Reinforced implementation of examinations Goethe-Certificate A1: Fit in German 1 and Goethe-Certificate A2: Fit in German 2
  • Implementation of cultural and exchange projects at schools
  • transnational conferences for school principals and information trips to Germany for school principals, ministry officials and multipliers
  • Cooperation with the programmes kulturweit [culture-wide] and SCHULWÄRTS [SCHOOLWARDS]! in the placement of volunteers and teacher training students at PASCH schools

Numbers and facts

  • At the beginning of 2017, the Goethe-Institut supported around 600 partner schools ("fit schools") in the national education systems in around 120 countries with the potential to establish and expand excellent German language teaching.
  • The Goethe-Institut sends out experts for teaching (ExUs) who look after the schools directly. Currently 24 experts are active in teaching especially for the PASCH schools.
  • The Goethe-Institut is responsible for many PASCH schools in China (80), India (41), Indonesia (28), Brazil (20), Turkey (18), Egypt (19) and the Ukraine (16). Status: December 2017
  • At the beginning of 2017, 200,000 pupils were learning German at the PASCH schools supervised by the Goethe-Institut.
  • Around 1,800 teachers teach German at the PASCH schools supervised by the Goethe-Institut and are trained by the Goethe-Institut.
  • Since 2008, more than 10,000 scholarship holders have taken part in international youth language courses in Germany.
  • Around 180 of the Goethe-Institut supervised PASCH schools have a MINT focus (a scientific-technical orientation), and 40 schools are vocational schools.
  • German is taught as a second foreign language at more than two thirds of schools. Many schools have only recently introduced this teaching as part of PASCH. 


Experts for teaching

In order to gain new schools for the PASCH school network and to look after them well, the Goethe Institut has strengthened its local presence: Additional posts have been set up at many sites and so-called Experts for Teaching (ExU) have been recruited. Since being seconded worldwide by the Goethe Institut at the beginning of 2008, they have become the central coordinators for the partner school initiative.

At present, 24 ExUs are specifically active for PASCH. The main task initially was to identify and select the schools that have been included in the PASCH initiative network since the spring of 2008. The selected schools either offer excellent German lessons or are supported in the introduction and expansion of German as a foreign language. Depending on their needs, they are looked after by the staff of the Goethe Institut and supported in a variety of ways. This is creating a long-term global network of PASCH schools.

Special attention is paid to the linguistic and methodical-didactic training of teachers, which takes place partly in on-site events, partly through distance learning opportunities and partly through scholarships for stays in Germany. Together with the schools, the experts for teaching also select students for the youth course scholarships, which also lead to Germany.

To prepare the scholarship holders for their stay in Germany, the experts conduct intercultural preparatory meetings with them. Experts for teaching work closely with the ministries of education and local authorities in the country, as well as with local diplomatic missions abroad.

Contact person of the Goethe Institut:

Goethe-Institut e. V.
Abteilung Sprache (Language Division)
Ina Hoischen
Dachauer Str. 122
80637 Munich

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