Learning German: Combining research and helping refugees learn a new language

Their idea was to design a top-notch, intensive, free language course for a group of refugees — and to partner with these newcomers in a language experiment. There’s a debate about the best way to teach German to nonnative speakers, Goucha says. Often, teachers start with a heavy dose of vocabulary and leave German syntax … Continue reading Learning German: Combining research and helping refugees learn a new language

It Pays to Learn German

The Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge (BAMF) just sent me 330 euros because I know German. Woohoo! Ok, it isn’t really free money — it’s a refund — but it still feels brilliant. If you don’t know how the BAMF courses work, here’s a little overview: The BAMF integration courses include 660 lesson hours at … Continue reading It Pays to Learn German

Done with the DTZ!

I finished the Deutsch-Test für Zuwanderer! I took the first part on Friday (listening comprehension, reading comprehension, and writing) and the second part today (speaking). All in all, I felt like it was pretty easy. The hardest part was the second section of the speaking test: describing a picture. But that was mostly just difficult … Continue reading Done with the DTZ!

Getting Oriented

It sounds funny to say that I am taking an “orientation course” after living in Germany for over a year, but that’s exactly what I’m doing. It’s the second-to-last step in my German integration. (The last step is the language exam I’m taking in February.) My Orientierungskurs started on Monday. Like my language class, it’s around four … Continue reading Getting Oriented