There’s such pride in having a Goethe certification to your name. Why is that?
If you were to enroll for the Goethe Zertifikat, how would you stand to benefit from it directly?
Your Goethe Zertifikat certificate is the global measure of your German language skill level.
The certification is proof of whether you are a beginner, an advanced learner or proficient in the language.
It decides whether you are suitable for a particular job or international course, or where your salary would lie on the payscale.
Even whether you can move to a German-speaking country.
For people those who have pursued the Goethe Zertifikat, it has been their ticket to a whole world of possibilities, professional and personal.
But would it be beneficial to you?
Even before you take the leap into learning the most economically prominent language of the EU, let’s understand how the Goethe Zertifikat will change gears on your career and channel your future.
Goethe Zertifikat: The Benefits
Valued Across the Globe
There are a lot of curricula for learning German as a foreign language, and there are countless local institutes and trainers who will certify you. But not all of these certifications hold value on a national or global level.
The Goethe Zertifikat system is the most prominent universally accepted one. This means that your certificates hold value not just in select countries, but anywhere in the world. So if your ambition is to work in international organizations or abroad, this the right certification to pursue.
Evidence of a High-Income Skill
You can land a better-paying German language job, anywhere. German language jobs are (still) thriving, even as jobs and economies across the world continue to rise and fall.
And a Goethe certification is the primary evidence of your German skills that your future employers want to see.
One Step Closer To Studying In Germany
You can apply to pursue higher education at an institute or a university in Germany.
German institutes for higher education have a set of pre-requisites for foreign students, and being certified in a specific level under Goethe Zertifikat is one of them. Getting the required Goethe certification instantly ticks one more box on your eligibility criteria.
You can always find freelance work.
Whether you want to make some extra income on the side, or step ou of the corporate world and be your own boss, there is plenty of work available to freelance German linguists on sites like Upwork, Proz and LinkedIn.
Your Goethe certification is internationally recognised, opening the doors to a lot of potential work from international clients.
I personally transitioned from leading a team of linguists to being a full-time freelancer (training, translation, interpretation and content writing) a few years ago, and there has never been shortage of work!
These are just a few of the most common benefits of pursuing the Goethe Zertifikat. I’m quite sure at least one of the above looks enticing to you, irrespective of your current occupation or qualification.
But there’s another hidden advantage that Goethe Zertifikat offers, over any other curricula out there. Out of all the reasons why you should opt for Goethe Zertifikat, this one is my strongest.
Goethe Zertifikat: The Greatest Advantage
Under the Goethe Zertifikat syllabus, your knowledge of the German language is far from bookish.
You’ll learn German in a whole lot of contexts, that apply to your personal and professional life – right from introducing yourself to eventually conduct discussions and debates, give professional presentations and write letters to publications.
At the core of Goethe Zertifikat’s curriculum is the principle of inductive learning.
This means that you are not ‘given’ a grammar rule, which you learn by heart and then apply to sentences (deductive learning). Rather, you may be given a short text (it could be a newspaper article, an essay or even a poem), from which you notice, deconstruct and understand the grammar aspects of it.
This mode of learning is way more engaging than the alternative. When you derive the answer/ rule yourself, using tools of creativity and reasoning, you learn without academic stress and get a stronger grasp.
I’ve seen this process unfold in my German classes, and here’s what I’ve noticed:
- My students learned with a lot more interest, with their investigative minds on
- My classes became a place not just for learning, but for repressed creativity to come out and flourish
- My students learned to speak without the inhibition of being wrong – spontaneity is usually a big challenge, but not among my students
The Goethe Zertifikat prescribes learning German without the crutches of the English language.
This means that you start to listen, read and speak in German from day one.
Without English language as the medium, you learn to ‘think’ in German, rather than translating your thoughts into German words.
And when you learn to ‘think’ in German, is when you begin to interact naturally, comfortably and confidently in German.
I’ve seen the flipside, too – a lot of professionals, who either self-learned through A1 and A2 or learned from friends or college, struggle as they try to land better projects or even hold a spontaneous conversation.
Learning German is a lifetime investment, and you want to get the best kind of education there is!
P.S. The Goethe Zertifikat has been the inspiration behind my teaching methods. After a decade of teaching the German Language, I’ve given this mode of learning my own little twists and upgrades. Get a sneak peek at my upcoming Goethe Zertifikat Webinar on 2nd November!