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C ouncil of

T eachers of

G erman







Teach and Learn German

Our Council for German Language Education in British Columbia

BCCTG‘s mandate is to provide professional development and learning opportunities to all educators teaching German in BC, and to support them in their endeavour to establish, maintain and expand German language programs in BC. To achieve this, networking and collaboration with its partner organizations as well as institutions and schools have been the main tenets of BCCTG’s operational strategies.

In collaboration with CATG (Canadian Association of Teachers of German), ZfA (Zentralstelle für das Auslandsschulwesen), and Goethe-Institut, BCCTG ensures that educators across BC get access to the newest findings and developments in language training and language acquisition, as well as training in exam preparation and implementation.

Working together with individual teachers and education institutions and, most crucially, German Consulate in Vancouver, BCCTG provides language learners opportunities to experience German language and culture both inside and outside the classroom.  

Neue deutsche Kollaboration / New German Collaboration

New Workshops by SIDES,
Das DeutschTeam and BCCTG

A new collaboration between SIDES (South Island Distance Education School), DAS DEUTSCHTEAM from Toronto and BCCTG are partnering up to bring you a new series of educational online seminars. With great pleasure, we would like to invite you to this online workshop series for teachers of German. The three workshop will take place via zoom. 

Mal so gesehen:
Visualisierungen im DaF-Unterricht

Let’s put it this way:
Visualizations in Daf lessons

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 17:15 PDT

A picture is worth a thousand words, especially in foreign language teaching.  Visualizations are not only about making our lessons visually appealing, but much more about providing our learners with an aid that is intuitive and easy to grasp. But how can we integrate images and visual aids into our lessons in a way that offers added value? This is what we want to address in this impulse seminar.


DaF man das?
Übersetzungsapps im DaF-Unterricht

DaF man das?
Translation apps in the language classroom

Wednesday, June 1st, 2022 at 17:15 PDT

About Google Translate, DeepL and the added value of mistakes in the classroom. How we can integrate translation apps productively and playfully into the classroom.

Applications like Google Translate and DeepL have become an indispensable part of our teaching – unfortunately! Completely error-free essays at C1 level are regularly submitted by our learners without batting an eye – and at A1 level. In this seminar we want to show how we can integrate these applications in an effective way.


Darüber lässt sich reden:
Sprechen im DaF- Unterricht

Let‘s talk about it:
Learner oriented approach in the second language classroom

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at 17:15 PDT

You can talk about anything – just not for more than 30 minutes. This statement is more relevant today than it has ever been, especially for us teachers. This workshop will show how we can face these challenges in a productive manner within different teaching environments .

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2019 Bcctg Conference Vancouver
Konferenz Workshop

Focus on German Teaching Development

our annual Conference

The Annual BCCTG Conference is designed to showcase and inspire innovative and resourceful teaching of the German Language in BC. 

Date & Location

Saturday, October 22, 2022 &
Sunday, October 23, 2022

in Vancouver, BC


Teach, Learn, Evaluate German: Challenges for the Future


Andreas Meckes (ZfA)
Antje Mahintorabi (VWGS)
Anna Ralston (Hueber)
Marje Stock (Cornelsen)
Dr. Ervin Malakaj (UBC)
Dr. David Gramling (UBC)

Moving Workshop

Mindful Movements
with Elke Schlufter

Providing Excellence in Teaching German in BC

Professional Network Community
for Educators of German

Invaluable Support

Our Partners

BCCTG has formalized partnerships with many national, provincial, and international organizations that have complementary goals in order to work together to provide a cohesive voice in promoting the advancement of German as a second (DaZ) or foreign (DaF) language in the province of British Columbia, Canada.

The exchange of expertise, and the German / Canadian networking opportunities increases the communication of educators of German to improve professional excellence.

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"Through my collaboration with the BCCTG I have been able to connect with German teachers from all over British Columbia."
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Andreas Meckes
German Language Advisor, Western Canada
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"The Goethe-Institut relies on partnerships exactly like the one we have with the BCCTG to be able to fulfill its mission."
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Ulrike Kugler
Former Director Goethe Institut Toronto
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"The BCCTG and its members make a significant contribution to ensuring that German students in BC receive a modern and realistic picture of Germany."
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Birgit Densch
Consulate General Vancouver

Online Courses for Teachers of German

Upcoming Virtual Workshops

The Goethe Institute and various German publishers regularly offer virtual training courses to learn how to teach German. 

Our virtual workshop page showcases the upcoming programs with a short description as well as information how to register. 

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Did you know

German: A Great Option for a Bright Future

Schools play a vital role in helping students become global citizens by giving them access to language and culture. As the world continually becomes more connected, the importance of multilingualism cannot be ignored. 

The Goethe-Institut Toronto travelled across Canada to speak with educators, students, employers and those who are professionally benefiting from their German language knowledge.

Make it interesting

5 Tips Teaching a Foreign Language

  • Expose students to as much of the language as possible
  • Encourage participation with games
  • Encourage activities outside the classroom
  • Teach culture alongside the language
  • Use multimedia to enhance the learning experience
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