There are many different possibilities to learn the German language, depending on your needs and abilities. Many refugees have to overcome two difficulties at the same time: Learning how to speak German, and learning how to read and write using the Latin alphabet. Germany recognizes this and provides necessary support through various literacy programs.
Refugees who will most likely be able to stay in the country can be admitted to an Integration Course (“Integrationskurs”). In this special course designed for immigrants, language courses are included. There are also job-related German courses that help you to learn the vocabulary that you need for your job.
If you have just arrived in Bremen as a refugee, you can find help from the management of your asylum camp or at a counseling center. Language courses and integration courses are offered by institutions in all parts of Bremen, and many learners also find much help from free courses and apps on the Internet.
In addition, every course provider offers course counselling.
To classify how well somebody can handle a language there are different levels:
A1 – making use of everyday expressions being able to comprehend and use simple phrases
A2 – being able to understand and use simple phrases and frequently used expressions and to communicate in simple situations
B: Speaking independently
B1 – being able to understand key points when standard language is used on familiar subjects, such as work, school, leisure. Speaking about simple and coherently about familiar subjects and personal fields of interest.
B2 – Understanding central statements of complex texts on concrete and abstract issues. Being able to communicate spontaneously and fluently in a way that a conversation with a native speaker is possible without much effort on both sides.
C: Advanced speaking
C1 – Comprehending a wide range of challenging, longer texts. Using language effectively in professional life.
With the result of the placement test, you can then go to one of the course providers to find a suitable German course.
You can also take placement tests at the course providers.
There are full-time and part-time courses with a maximum of 25 hours per week. The courses take place either in the morning, afternoon or evening.
The Language Coordination Office enables individuals without access to integration courses to participate for free. For further information, please contact the course providers or directly reach out to the Language Coordination Office.
There are independent language courses. Some of these can be found in the offers below. You can also ask for advice.
You can take certificate exams at different locations in Bremen. Find out where you can take the exam at a counselling centre or at a language course provider.
You can learn German online with the following apps.
– Federal Office for Migration and Refugees: Ankommen
– Fun Easy Learn German Learn 6000 words
– Itech Cloud Apps Learn German with pronunciation
– Goethe Verlag German for Refugees – 50languages
– VHS Learning Portal
– Deutsche Welle, “Nico’s way
Yes, there are courses with childcare.
If you are looking for a course with childcare, contact the course providers directly and inquire.
In Bremen, there is a language course provider that not only offers language courses but also provides childcare.
You can also find options with childcare by selecting the “with childcare” filter below.
Every “Integrationskurs” consists of a language course and an orientation course.
In the language course, important every day life issues are covered, for example:
work and profession
shopping and trading
leisure and social contacts
health, hygiene and the human body
media and media usage
In the orientation course, you talk about these issues for example:
German legal system
history and culture
rights and duties
different forms of living together in the society,
important values such as freedom of faith, tolerance and equal opportunities.
You complete the orientation course with an exam.
You should not only be able to speak German, but also to read and write in Latin script. The literacy courses help you with this. In these courses you learn to read and write the German alphabet. Literacy courses are part of some integration courses.
The school that you child is going to attend will also register all chilren with Sprachlernbedarf (need to learn German) with the “Senatorin für Kinder und Bildung” (state department for children and education). Here, they get a place in a “Vorkurs“(special school training for refugees, page in German). This intensive language training takes up to 6 months in primary school and up to 12 months in secondary school. At the same time, pupils take part in regulare lessons by the hour. In some emergency accomodations also language courses take place.