Around 15.4 million people globally are currently learning German. As the recent survey “German as a foreign language worldwide” shows, interest in German is growing especially strong in China, India and Brazil. In Europe, numbers have remained constant in the last few years. The study is conducted every half decade by the German Foreign Ministry, Goethe-Institut, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA). In South America, the Near and Middle East and, especially, Asia, German is increasingly in demand: in Brazil, 134,000 people are learning German, in China 117,000 and in India 154,000. In China, the numbers have doubled since 2010. In Europe, too, there is still a large interest in German as a foreign language – there, 9.4 million people learn German, creating the center of gravity for German learners worldwide. Poland is in the lead, with around 2.28 million individuals. Globally, 87 percent of German-language learners are elementary and secondary school students (13.4 million). In higher education, 1.3 million university students are currently learning German (8.8 percent). There are around 600,000 people in adult education (4.2 percent). The Goethe-Institut counted 228,528 students in its foreign country-based language courses worldwide. Experts for international culture export point to persistent low numbers in important countries like France, Great Britain, Russia, the Netherlands and the U.S.A. to indicate that the Goethe-Institut is far from exhausting all opportunities in its language work. Large increases in certain regions are not, according to expert analyses, due to efforts by the Goethe-Institut.
Source: International Medienhilfe – www.imh-deutschland.de