The main aim of the Goethe Institut is to promote German culture around the world. As such its main target group are non-Germans curious to learn more about the country’s language, literature, music, etc. But it obviously also has a lot to offer for expat Germans who like to keep up with contemporary culture in their native country. Considering its great location and impressive programme I have greatly underutilised the services on offer. My last visit was to attend a screening of cutting edge digital films. While several were made by German artists, the bill was very mixed and of appeal to anyone interested in the latest developments in digital filmmaking. The auditorium was perfect for the occasion, like a mini cinema. I will read the programmes even more carefully now to make sure I don’t miss any similar gems.
Place rating: 5 Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Can you give a German language school 5 stars? Enjoying the process of learning German is essentially the enjoying the process of humiliation and frustration, on a weekly basis. It’s such a difficult language to learn, where English has one word for«the», German has SIX! The German for sites is «Sehenswürdigkeiten» — oh my! Still, aside from the difficulty, or my lack of ability, the school itself is very good. I’ve come to enjoy the classes because they are so friendly and as fun as a German class can be. I’ve made some great friends in the class, including the teacher, who comes with the class for post-class drinks. The school is high-tech too, a fancy-pants interactive blackboard, and if you miss a class you can check online for what you missed. The location isn’t great, during class break there is nowhere to get food, not even a vending machine in the building. Still, this place has a reputation as being the best German school, all the teachers are German(and friendly Germans at that, what a surprise, yes, I’m sterotyping), and you will learn something. After completing one term I signed up for a second, and cost permitting(it is expensive) I’ll sign up for a third term. Ich liebe Goethe.
Place rating: 4 London, United Kingdom
I have also studied several courses at the Goethe Institute; the tuition there is second to none. The tutors are highly trained and put a lot of preparation into their classes to ensure you receive the right combination of teaching, exercises, listening, speaking, reading, writing etc. They make you do a test before you can enrole on a course which ensures that the level of the students in the class is correct; this helps because you learn faster if you are similar abilities.
Place rating: 5 Essen, Germany
I have attended several courses and seminars at this location and have been happy with all of them. The library is so well stocked that you could spent a whole week in there without being bored. Great place to learn a language and a lot more!
Place rating: 5 Bremen, Germany
The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach. We promote knowledge of the German language abroad and foster international cultural cooperation. We convey a comprehensive picture of Germany by providing information on Germany’s cultural, social and political life. This is how the website starts off explaining the goals of the Goethe Institut. I especially enjoyed the facilities of the Goethe Institut in London. The seminars and exhibitions are brilliant and there is a possiblity to meet people in the adjacent café. The libarary is well equipped and the German courses are supposed to be very good. As language teacher in the UK I enjoyed the offers that the Goethe insitut has for class trips and personal further education. It is easy to meet new people in order to exchange experiences or simply help other practice their German. The Gothe Institut in itself is already a great institution, and the London one is perfectly representing the strives and goals of this institute.