A joint outdoor activity on German culture and cuisine for PAM Learners, co-organized by PAM/GIZ and Goethe-Institut Ho-Chi-Minh-City   

“Distinctive and interesting experience” with “lots of opportunities to boost confidence in communication by German’ is what learners of the “Partnership Approaches for Development-oriented Vocational Training and Labour Migration” (PAM) shared after joining in the outdoor activity on 12th November 2022 in Ho Chi Minh City. 

Under the framework of PAM, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) cooperated with the Goethe-Institut Ho-Chi-Minh-City (HCMC) to organize a joint outdoor activity for PAM learners. The activity includes a series of activities taken place in a German restaurant and the Goethe-Institut HCMC. To begin at the restaurant, the experiences with guidance from a German native teacher has enriched learners’ knowledge on recipes, table manner of eating signature German dishes. Afterwards, the learners took part in a seminar on culture and enjoyed short videos in German. The learners have broadened their knowledge on culture, difference between Germany and Viet Nam, in lifestyle and sports (such as soccer). This was a great occasion for learners to acquire further interaction and practice with the native speaker, thus, enhance their confidence and widen their knowledge on German language and culture. Finally, some interaction activities and quizzes were given to revise learners’ knowledge and enhance their teamwork skills.  

Mr. Henning Holz, a German teacher from the Goethe Institut said that he was so impressed by some learners who were very proactive and made great efforts to speak German. Others, however, seem quiet and may need to improve and gain more confidence in their language skill. Conveying opinions on the outdoor, Ms. Tran Thi Tuyet Nhu (a PAM student) was overjoyed to learn about German culture and to communicate in German and wanted to join other similar activities so that she could expand her broad of view and get well-prepared for the journey to Germany next year.  

The outdoor activity on German culture and language is an initial phase supporting PAM students to get acquaintance with German culture before they take part in the transcultural training courses to assist them to include in German society, expected to be taken place in the year of 2023. 

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