Resources for Teachers


From AATG to ZfA, we help you teach DaF!

For educators teaching Deutsch als Fremdsprache (DaF, German as a foreign language) in the USA, a robust support network of myriad professional development opportunities, advocacy assistance, student and teacher exchange programs, innovative engagement concepts, and informational offerings is there to help.


Teaching German

The Goethe-Institut is the world's leading provider of professional development for German teachers – in the USA, in Germany or via distance learning. The GI offers more than 1,000 professional development courses for German teachers all over the world and online; provides teaching and learning materials, as well as interesting ideas for your lessons; organizes cultural events and competitions to help you motivate your students and make learning German more fun; offers professional development scholarships, counseling services, and advocacy resources; und noch viel mehr! Find out about the Goethe-Institut’s diverse offerings today!

Goethe-Institut USA: Teaching German

Goethe-Institut/AATG Advocacy Toolkit

AATG - Teach German

American Association of Teachers of German

With members in all 50 states and nearly 20 countries, the American Association of Teachers of German is the only individual membership organization in the United States dedicated to the teaching of the language, literature and culture of the German-speaking countries. The AATG has 60 local chapters which support a variety of local projects with activities focused on public relations, professional development, and teacher and student immersion. Members represent elementary, middle-junior high school, high school, college/university, community colleges, and heritage language school teachers. Founded in 1926, AATG believes that bringing the language, literature, and cultures of the German speaking world to all Americans is a vital humanistic endeavor, which serves an essential national interest.


German American Partnership Program

GAPP, Inc. is dedicated to the  initiation and development of student exchange programs between the United States and Germany, inspiring intercultural understanding, promoting German language instruction and motivating personal friendships. GAPP is one of very few exchange programs based on long-term, sustainable partnerships which are not only between students, but between teachers, administrators, schools, and communities. GAPP is the largest and most successful bilateral student exchange program of the US with any other country. GAPP is supported by the German Foreign Office as well as The U.S. State Department.

German American Partnership Program

Deutsch - Sprache der Ideen

Netzwerk Sprachvergnügen: Funding Opportunities for DaF Projects

Members of the Netzwerk Sprachvergnügen can apply for funds the German government devotes to German learning in the U.S. as part of its cultural relations and education policy. Funding is available for projects that directly or indirectly help spread or maintain German as a foreign language and achieve as wide a reach as possible.

Step into German

In their free time, your students listen to music, watch movies, play sports. Why not work with teaching materials that focus on German music, film and soccer? Step into German provides you with a great variety of videos, podcasts and worksheets that you can use in class without much preparation time and that are bound to capture your students’ attention.


The Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP)

In the spirit of “breaking down walls of the mind” and promoting “classrooms that span continents,” the public / private partnership Transatlantic Outreach Program aims to promote education about modern Germany, to encourage cross-cultural dialogue between North American and German classrooms, and to provide the opportunity for social studies educators, STEM educators, and decision makers to experience Germany in person.

German for Hire

Modeled after the successful "Rent an American" program started in Tübingen in 2007, German for Hire brings students from Germany enrolled at an American university to the classrooms of American high school students curious about modern-day Germany in these metropolitan areas: San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, New York, and Washington, DC.

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