The Goethe-Institut has provided 16 grants for faculty members of German language departments at Egyptian universities and universities in North Africa and the middle east to attend a Goethe-Institut training course entitled “Summer School…Transitions: Language and Cultural Studies”.
The three week intensive training session, started in Alexandria on 2nd July, is attended by 16 teachers and assistant professors from numerous Egyptian universities, as well as universities in Algeria, Yemen, Jordan and Sudan.
The sessions aim to provide participants with advanced teaching skills in order to support German language teaching in Arab speaking countries. The training will also serve as a platform for sharing experience and skills between students of various Middle Eastern and North African countries, making the learning of German a fun and interesting experience.
The session will deal with cultural, social and political issues in these and other Arab speaking countries and will expose participants to modern educational methods such as using the Internet as an educational tool.
As part of the program, the Goethe-Intitut held a panel discussion, led by German Ambassador Michael Bock, Dr. Ingrid Köster, director of language department in the Middle East and North Africa, Mrs. Mona Ayoub vice director of DAAD, and political scientist Dr. Lars Geiser, to discuss the current political transition in the region and its effect on the role of educators.
The Goethe-Institut is providing 16 full grants to allow educators to participate. The announcement of the grants comes as the Goethe-Institut aims to increase grants given to Egyptian educators in order to support the education programs of Egypt. The grants are among 160 given by the Goethe-Institue to study teaching methods of foreign languages in Germany, as well as a range of Goethe-Institut programs to support 50 training courses in Egypt annually.
Goethe-Institut expects the results of the training session to enrich participants’ knowledge of teaching methods and curricula in order to support the educational process in general and German language teaching in particular. The institute also hopes the session will provide an opportunity for an exchange of cultures and information between students from different countries.