Traditionally, German is considered a difficult language to learn. Still, its popularity is increasing! Many resources and practical guidelines, tests and online courses are available. This site focuses on English language sources for adult learners.
Focus on English language sources for adult learners.
The website "TestDaf" offers information on the language certificate "DaF" (German as a foreign language). The site as such is available in German only, but a short overview of the test and different levels is available in English and other languages. As of October 2020, a digital version of the language test was offered – to be taken online, before entering Germany.
The Deutsche Welle broadcasting service maintains this website for teachers and students of the German language. It offers a newsletter for teachers, and allows for the selection of different levels of proficiency (as well as the choice of the learner`s first language). Furthermore, German language audio and video news can be accessed.
The Open University offers free access to many of its course materials, including language learning courses. This German language course is accessible free of charge, and a statement of participation can be issued on request.
The web portal offers Internet-based courses to foreign students, researchers and managers who wish to learn German and stay in Germany. The courses include preparing for studies or basic professional skills, information on German culture, and are accessible in various languages.
The German Academic Exchange Service offers international students information on how and why to learn German, German language tests and required German language proficiency for taking up a university course or research in Germany.
The German broadcasting house Deutsche Welle offers a website for newly arrived young people, particularly refugees, who need to learn about Germany and the German language. The multimedia site offers access to audiofiles for learning German, information about preparing for work, 'Germany for beginners', and a German language section for (voluntary) support workers.