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You immigrated to Germany und want to learn how to speak and write in German? In this case BBQ is the right place for you. You will learn here everything which is according to the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) important for the integration. The integration course including literacy skills in Berlin is a perfect introduction to the German language.
Focus and objectives
The German Government has been offering the integration course to learn the German language since 2005. According to the Immigration Act there are two groups of immigrants: those who migrated to Germany prior to 2005 and so called “newcomers”. If you are a member of the second group you can be obligated by state authorities to attend an integration course in case you are not able, at least in a simple way to communicate in German. The integration course including literacy skills in Berlin is the basis for your everyday communication like dealing with state authorities, shopping etc. and is also important for your permanent residency permit in Germany. The integration course consists apart from the language course of an orientation course dealing with German history, culture, politics and legal system.
All “newcomers” as well as foreigners who have been living in Germany for a long time and who want to improve their language skills and learn more about the fundamental values of the German society are welcome to participate in an integration course including literacy skills. This course is particularly recommended if you have not yet acquired an adequate level of the Latin script and if you want to learn how to read and write for the very first time. Thereby it is no problem if you did not attend a school in your home country and have no writing skills in your native language. The course will help you to gain more confidence and to overcome your language barriers in everyday life.
Duration of the course and support options
When granting the first residence permit the Foreigners` Registration Office examine the necessity for an integration course and issue an obligation or entitlement for participation in an integration course. Hereafter you are allowed to choose an integration course provider and start with the course. This course comprises 600 hours preceded by 300 hours extra by attending an integration course including literacy skills. At the end of the course there will be an orientation course lasting 60 hours. The language course consists of several modules of 100 hours each. Before the course begins a placement test is held by the BBQ to ascertain the linguistic skills and to find the appropriate starting level for you. Afterwards will be decided which starting module (1 – 9) is the right one for you. The costs for your integration course will be almost entirely borne by the German state. Having a relevant certificate of eligibility you only have to pay € 1,55 towards each teaching hour. This course fee will be charged by the BBQ before the beginning of the course. Recipients of unemployment benefit II (Arbeitslosengeld II) and social welfare can be exempted from the contribution upon request. The course has a term of 48 weeks including 9 language course modules of 100 hours each and the orientation course of 4 units a day. If you need more time to learn the German language you can take a maximum of 300 units extra.
The literacy course consists of a basic course (basic literacy course), an advanced course A (advanced literacy course A) and an advanced course B (advanced literacy course B) 300 units each. The aim is that at the end of the integration course you will be able to pass the German Test for Immigrants (Deutsch Test für Zuwanderer, DTZ) which comprises the European language levels A2 and B1 and the test “Life in Germany” (“Leben in Deutschland”, LiD). The contents are:
Basic literacy course:
Our teachers provide at this point the basic knowledge of literacy skills and German language. Focus is also producing of educational materials, reading the script, developing of an individual handwriting, phonetic values, different text types, phrases and media competence.
Advanced literacy course A:
Main issue is to build up sight and written vocabulary. You learn more about technical terms, grammar, learning strategies and learning techniques and also more attention to oral skills will be paid. Furthermore you learn how to interpret tables, use punctuation marks, speak about photographs and pictures, translate and how to work with audio texts.
Advanced literacy course B:
At this point we will impart to our participants the knowledge of Germany and its culture and of intercultural competencies. Furthermore self – directed learning will be promoted, dealing with different learning methods will be taught and communicative skills will be deepened. The focus here is also planning, creating and evaluating of your own learning methods.
Advantages offered by BBQ
You learn in small groups (up to 12 people) so you can expect more individual support.
Because we provide a wide range of courses after finishing the literacy course you can change into another integration course.
Our teachers are specially trained to teach literacy skills and have a long term experience.