SPARK for German, a joint project of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) and the Goethe-Institut, provides professional development for future German instructors and enables students across the United States to start learning German at an early age. SPARK offers a playful approach to German lessons in after school programs—providing early access to language instruction and creating opportunities for students to learn German into advanced levels. SPARK’s long-term goal is to increase demand and build capacity to integrate German into the regular curriculum in immersion, elementary, middle, and high school programs.


  • Engage with German and the cultures of the German-speaking world in a student-friendly manner
  • Foster collaboration between teachers and learners of German across K-16 and work with the community at large
  • Promote diversity and inclusion through high-quality after school programs that connect language learning and teaching with a range of contemporary issues


  • Spark interest in German and the cultures of the German-speaking world
  • Strengthen existing German programs and build new German programs
  • Increase the supply and demand of well qualified German teachers