When I was going to the project, I knew very poorly German. But the language was interesting to me. I know from communicating with colleagues on the project that not everyone likes to learn or does not want to learn German at all. It’s hard for me to learn, but I’m very interested. My colleagues from Russia, almost do not interrupt the classes that we provide for free as part of the course. This is very frustrating. What is the reason for the popularity of the German language?
In the world, about 15.45 million young people study German. And over the past five years, this number has even increased slightly. Most students of the great Goethe’s language, as in previous years, live in Europe. However, in many European countries this number remains stable, the most significant growth was noted in Russia. But in the latest report, released in 2015, it was said that it was in Russia that the number of people choosing German as a subject at school or in a university was sharply reduced. In this connection, such a “surge in interest in the German language among Russians,” as Deutsche Welle wrote. This television and radio company along with the Goethe Institute, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Central Office for School Education Abroad (ZfA) participated in the collection of information, which was commissioned by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “Splash” refers to growth from 1.54 million in 2015 to 1.79 million in 2020. For comparison: in Soviet times, German was a compulsory subject for 9 million students. In the late 2000s, more than 2.3 million Russians learned German.
The authors of the study connect the reasons for the current growth, among other things, with the “successful implementation of the Goethe-Institut project“ German - First Second Foreign ””. Thus, the number of schools offering German as a compulsory subject has grown by 21% and makes up 40% of all secondary schools. The previously noted recession was stopped due to the introduction of German as a second foreign language in secondary schools. The number of students of German as a first foreign language remains the same. Of course, without the reform of Russian education and the introduction of a second foreign as compulsory (even if it takes only an hour or two a week), such success would not have been possible. In the section on Russia, it is noted that this educational standard may, however, be changed. Large German projects starting in 2020, “Education for the future. School ”and the Year of Germany in Russia - should prevent the negative consequences of the reform.
The report did not note a contribution to maintaining interest in the German language in the self-organization of Russian Germans. And this despite the work of more than 800 ethnocultural clubs that study German as a native, more than 150 kindergartens with an ethnocultural component working under the Deutsch mit Schrumdi program, all-Russian actions organized by the International Union of German Culture, such as the competition "Freunde der deutschen Sprache” and the “Tolles Diktat” promotion. In February of this year, dictation in German was written by more than 67 thousand people from 8 countries.
I am very glad that during the project I have the opportunity to learn the language. This is a great opportunity to find new friends, new opportunities and new people. To know 2 languages, in addition to its main one, is very good. You can not be afraid to travel, and not be understood. ESK projects are a unique opportunity for active youth from third world countries to get original linguistic experience. Learning a language in a linguistic environment is always a valuable opportunity. It’s great that everything is free. But, it's a shame when money is allocated for this, but we do not use this opportunity. I urge you to be more responsible, and during your project, learn the language if possible. You can also go for free at my language clubs for couchsurfing, as well as language clubs from Caritas. They are free, and there you can improve your language skills. These are exactly what I was doing before quarantine.