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The GIS German Institute for the Southwest (GIS) endeavors to bring all things German to the Southwest of the United States. Our main mission is to promote and advance the German culture and language. Our sphere of influence extends across Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. We teach German to children and adults in-person in the greater Houston area and via Zoom online. We strive to bring programs to the community that develop an appreciation of German language and literature, to awakening an interest in German culture and the present-day German way of life, and cultivating mutual understanding between the people of German-speaking countries and those of the United States.

Some of our goals are to shape and revise the traditional image of Germany, to present contemporary Germans and Germany, to foster the German language and culture within the American educational system. Our students learn more than a language, they learn to love and appreciate a different culture.

Currently we teach German language classes for adults, children and youths on a beginning, intermediate, and advanced level, conversational and business German.  We also offer specialized courses in grammar, literature, and German for translations on a graduate level. As the need arises, we will expand our language programs.

Learn more about our classes here, for adults https://germansouthwest.org/german-language-classes-for-adults and for youths https://germansouthwest.org/german-language-classes-for-children-and-teens. Here is registration information for adults, and registration information for children’s and youth classes is here. For more information please contact us at angelika@germansouthwest.org.

We also offer private tutoring for adults and children.  Please contact us for information at info@germansouthwest.org.

Partnerships with the Goethe-Institut, Germany’s official cultural institute, and TestDaF, the language test for foreign learners of German who plan to study in Germany or who require recognized certification of their language skills, allow us to conduct highly-rated, worldwide language examinations at all proficiency levels, from A1 to C2. Click here for test dates, location, and cost:  https://germansouthwest.org/language-school/testing/. All conditions of the Goethe-Institut and TestDaF apply.  If you have any questions, please contact us at info@germansouthwest.org.

We invite individuals, families, organizations and corporations to join us in fostering German culture and language – GIS is your gateway to all things German. Learn more about membership by writing to angelika@germansouthwest.org.