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Summary

Learning German is enormously important for Ukrainian refugees in order to communicate, find their way around, integrate and find a job here. There are several ways to do this, depending on prior knowledge and time availability: self-study with free time management online, in instructed language courses on site or in an integration course. Here you will find background information on all options and the common classification of language levels.

Content

The acquisition of the German language is central to the job search and integration of refugees. It is true that Ukrainian refugees have a chance of finding work in Germany even without German language skills. But with German language skills, there is more choice and it is easier to find more qualified jobs.

Even before refugees have learned German intensively, it can be helpful to assess their professional experience. This offer is suitable for this purpose, which helps with the self-assessment of professional skills in 12 languages.

Online courses

German can be studied on a self-study basis with flexible time management through online offers online courses. The following is a selection of possible providers:

  • The Adult Education Centre portal is a free digital learning offer for German as a second language, literacy and basic education and is intended as an ideal supplement to classroom courses or to bridge waiting times before longer-term language courses start. The courses can also be usedas an app with a smartphone

 

  • Five-week digital live language courses, in which Ukrainians can also participate via smartphone, are offered by karrieretutor.de.

 

  • The provider Lingoda currently offers free online German courses seven days a week at 10 am and 4 pm. The courses are accompanied by free learning materials.

 

  • StartDeutsch Schule offers fee-based online and face-to-face courses at different language levels. Classes usually take place in the evenings and can be attended up to 5 times a week for 150 minutes each.

 

 

  • Under the title"My Way to Germany", the Goethe-Instituts take care of language teaching for war refugees from Ukraine with various subject areas on professions, everyday life and an online vocabulary book.

 

  • Deutsche Welle offers a free online service with exercises and videos for different language levels. Here you will also find a small section on various training professions.

 

  • You can book free individual lessons on this platform. The service provides private German teachers to people who are willing to learn. The lessons can be held either on site or online.

Integration course

Refugees from Ukraine can take part in an integration course free of charge. In addition to orientation courses on topics such as culture and politics, this also includes an intensive language course. The language training lasts about 600 hours and is concluded with an examination for language level B1.

An entitlement certificate is required to register for an integration course. In most cases, an application must be submitted to the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.

Other offers on site

In addition to integration courses, there are also other language courses on offer locally .

  • Language courses geared to different professions are offered, for example, by the Goethe Institutes.

 

Dictionaries and vocabulary lists

In addition to courses, language guides also help with the acquisition of a new language. Especially at the beginning, you can quickly build up a basic vocabulary to make everyday tasks easier. Free phrasebooks are offered by buchstaben.com and the International Federation. Klett Verlag and deutsch-lenen.zum.de have published free dictionaries.

Language level

The benchmark for the acquired Language level of immigrants is the so-called Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). There, the language levels are divided into: Elementary language use (A1 and A2), independent language use (B1 and B2) and competent language use (C1 and C2). Under this link you will find a detailed description of the respective language levels. And on leangerman.dw you can find a test to determine the language level of refugees. The classification into language levels can help you find a suitable language course.

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