Language learning and language support

In everyday work, it is imperative that employees and employers speak the same language. This is not just referring to the spoken "word", but also reading and writing. At the same time, learning German is a great challenge for many people with a migration background.  

In principle, the federal government provides two programmes to support the language learning of immigrants and refugees: Integration courses as well as  job-related German language courses. The federal government also offers special vocational language courses for trainees with a migration background. 

In addition to these state-funded programmes, there are a number of other ways to improve one's (job-related) German language skills. On the portal Kursnet“  for vocational training and further education of the Federal Employment Agency (Bundesagentur für Arbeit) you will find a wide range of language courses with vocational relevance and for different language skill levels. The courses are full or part-time and can also be completed online. There are also many private language schools and self-employed language teachers who teach outside the home. In addition, the market offers countless self-learning books, online courses and language learning apps. Publicly funded and voluntary projects in turn provide free tools that can complement language learning. The Deutsche Volkshochschulverband for instance, offers the online learning platform Free language courses are also available on the homepage of the Goethe Institute

We can support you in finding the right offer with our regional advisors and are also available to answer questions about language learning at the workplace. 

In the Information library you will find more detailed information on the assessment of language skill levels, as well as tips and handouts on promoting language learning at the workplace.