DaF Resource Center
On April 29, 2009 the Resource Center for “German as a Foreign Language” (DaF) at the German School Washington, D.C. opened its doors as part of the “Schools – Partners for the Future” (PASCH) initiative of the German State Department.
The aim of this initiative is „to establish a worldwide net of partner schools and thus pique interest and enthusiasm for modern Germany and its society within young people”.
The DaF-Competence Center at the DSW has two rooms, a Media Center (R15) and a classroom (R16), equipped with modern media such as smartboards and laptops, which offers space for up to 35 students.
In addition, numerous learning – and teaching materials like textbooks, CDS, CD ROMS, magazines and reference books have been made available.
The Competence Center was financed by the Central Office for German Schools Abroad as part of the Pasch-Initiative while the school was responsible for the remodeling and equipment of the rooms.
The concept of the Resource Center includes offering training sessions and seminars to American teachers of German in the areas of Methodology/Didactics, as well as inviting area High School students whose schools are offering German language programs to the DSW and to allow them to participate in regular classes or in workshops on “Modern Germany”.
Our Competence Center is already being used:
• by Preschool teachers, teaching German as a foreign language
• as conference and training venue for SchiLF and ReFo programs
• by teachers of German Language Courses