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Goethe Institut-Deutsch am Arbeitsplatz- Soziale Berufe

Date of Publication

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Target Group


Domain Area

Medicine & Nursing

Learning Scenario

Autonomous learning
Classroom Context

Target Language


Language of Instruction

Any language

CEFR level


Type of Material


Linguistic Features





German for Social Professions is a series of exercises offered by the Goethe-Institut. It introduces the learner to the specific vocabulary of corresponding professions (physician, geriatric nurse, educator). The target group includes beginners (level A 1) who want to familiarize themselves with basic vocabulary needed in the relevant professions. Simple object naming and finding pairs by using pictures as well as interactive games such as memory make the learning process more interesting. Key grammar areas such as verb conjugation, indirect speech and the correct usage of prepositions are covered by exercises, that are embedded in the specific context of social professions. Learners find audio material to practise their listening skills. They can furthermore work themselves work through realistic dialogues of everyday professional life. They thereby extend their vocabulary relevant to this professional group.
Due to their small size, the exercise units are particularly suitable for short but regular practice and repetition and can therefore also be easily integrated into the daily routine of people who are already working.
The exercise set is primarily designed for independent learning as part of a self-study program, but individual elements can also be easily incorporated by teachers into teaching units.

Case study

Target group: Medical practitioners, Geriatric nurses
Number of participants: 8-16
Prerequisite for participation: Level A2+/B1 of the CEFR.
Method used:
This resource is a good starting point for a blended learning course or a face-to-face course. In the blended learning course for physicians, the sequences "In a medical practice", "Working in Germany" (case study of a physician from Bulgaria) and "Job advertisements" would be integrated into the preparatory units of the blended learning course.
In the blended learning course for geriatric nurses, the sequences "In a medical practice", "Geriatric care" and "Job advertisements" are suitable and additionally the video (in the additional material of this resource) "Professions in portrait-in geriatric care". In the preparation phase, the participants are tutored so that the correction missing in the resource is made possible and, in addition, further questions of the participants can be dealt with.
In the case of a face-to-face course, these sequences could also be used in the respective units as an introduction to the respective topic and as additional material for repetition.
The results obtained:
Through these exercises, the basic vocabulary in everyday professional life and listening comprehension is trained.
The risks to be taken into account when using the resource:
The lack of correction of errors in the resource must be considered when integrating the materials into a course.


The use of the course does not require any registration. It is recommended to start with the exercise set "Objects in the workplace: In a doctor's office" in order to familiarize yourself with simple object names (language level A1). As the level of difficulty increases with each exercise set, it is generally recommended to work through the sets in the given order. The exercise sets are marked with the respective language level, so that it is no problem to find the suitable offer for yourself. After completing a task, it is possible to have the answers checked automatically. The percentage of correct answers is displayed in a field, incorrect answers are left open for further processing.
Further informnation:
Additional material "Professions in portrait- in geriatric care"
This is a video documenting the classic everyday working life of a geriatric nurse in Germany. If needed, the text can be printed out as a document to read along. The resource includes a worksheet, as well as handouts for teachers.


Comprehensive approach
Capacity to match the needs of lecturers and students


Added value
The provided tangible improvements


Motivation enhancement
The capacity to motivate students to improve their language skills


Effectiveness in introducing innovative, creative and previously unknown approaches to LSP learning


Measurement of the transferable potential and possibility to be a source of further capitalisation/application for other language projects in different countries


Skills assessment and validation
Availability of appropriate tools for lecturers to monitor students’ progress and for students to assess own progress and to reflect on learning


Flexibility of the contents and possibilities for the LSP lecturers to adapt the contents to their and to students’ need


Assess the technical usability from the point of view of the lecturer and the student


Assess the accessibility from the point of view of the lecturer and the student


Overall, the exercise offer is clearly designed and definitely invites learners to take advantage of the offer due to its modern user interface and the different types of exercises. However, the improvement of possible errors that learners may make while practicing is missing. The learner only receives an error message and a percentage displayed at the bottom, which shows how many of the tasks were answered correctly. In order to find the correct solution in case of errors, other sources have to be consulted as needed depending on the situation. The aim of the offer is to enable a kind of "taster" in job-related contexts. The training offer should by no means be understood as a complete language course - the scope is simply too small for that. Many of the topics are addressed only superficially.
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