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Initial orientation and learning German for asylum-seekers

The Federal Office has developed a course plan on "Initial orientation and learning German for asylum-seekers" together with the Bavarian State Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Family and Integration in order to help asylum-seekers in the period from arrival in their new country until their asylum application has been decided on.

The plan was trialled and evaluated in 40 courses at 31 venues all over Bavaria in the second half of 2013 as part of a model project. The results of the evaluation were used to revise the plan, after which it was provided to anyone with an interest. It can be useful to both teachers and volunteers in forming a basis for their work.

What the plan entails

The plan aims to reach asylum-seekers whose time-limited residence status precludes any entitlement to attend an integration course but who nonetheless would like to be able to find their way around and make themselves understood in their immediate environment in typical everyday situations in German. Course attendees can obtain information on the country to help them with their initial orientation, and acquire a command of simple German. This helps them to rapidly get to grips with their new environment.

The plan comprises a total of ten modules the content of which is orientated towards the needs of asylum-seekers. The following topical areas are dealt with: 

  • everyday life in Germany,
  • work,
  • shopping,
  • health and healthcare,
  • kindergarten/school,
  • using the media in Germany,
  • finding one's way around/transport/mobility,
  • customs and habits in Germany/local particularities,
  • speaking about oneself and about others/social contacts, and
  • housing.

The modules can be taken in any order, depending on the course attendees' particular interests.

The Bavarian State Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Family and Integration is your port of call with regard to course implementation, venues, etc.

Date 8 January 2016

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Wichtige Mitteilung


There have been several occasions very recently in which people have pretended to be employees of the Federal Office and asked for an interview at which they questioned asylum applicants intensively. This took place in some cases on the pretext that a second hearing was allegedly needed. Important: The Federal Office does not conduct home visits! These individuals do not work for the Federal Office. The Federal Office has therefore filed criminal charges. If something similar happens to you, or if you observe anything of this nature as a carer, please report this to your local police station.

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