About Us

Our Institution

Founded in 2007, the Goethe-Jinchuang Language Centre was established with the assistance of the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Shanghai. The Goethe-Jinchuang Language Centre in Shanghai provides students in Shanghai and its surrounding cities the opportunity to learn German from high-calibre German instructors. Our interactive and hands on teaching methods help prepare students for using German in the real-world.

We established the Goethe-Language Centres in China not only for teaching the German language but also for providing local students an image of modern Germany. Through the courses we offer and the cultural events we organize, we aim to foster a welcoming environment that provides an authentic taste of German culture to Chinese students. Our language centres are directly licensed by the Goethe-Institut, the official cultural institute of Germany, who ensure we meet their internationally recognized standards in our course and program guidelines, teacher training and standards, as well as exam certifications.

In the heart of the city

Our locations in downtown Shanghai are conveniently located in Jingan District.

German Information Library

More than 7700 books, media plus many print subscriptions in cooperation between Shanghai Library and the Goethe-Institut China.

750 square meters of classroom space

A total of 15 classrooms with excellent technical and functional equipment provide a conducive and pleasant learning environment

Our Features

Teaching German for Real-Life Use​

We learn languages to communicate with others, and in the real-world, we’re speaking one-on-one or in small groups. This should be reflected in our classrooms. With each lesson focused on a specific topic about current events and everyday issues, our classes encourage interactive and participative activities such as debates, discussions, role-plays, and brainstorming. Hone your German abilities for real-world scenarios.

Highly Qualified Team of German and Chinese German Teachers

Learning to teach is a life-long process. With regular training by the Goethe-Institut, our team of German and Chinese German teachers are continually perfecting their skills in not only teaching German language, but also German culture. Even the most experienced and qualified teachers take part in trainings and seminars all over China, Asia, and the world. All our teachers are part of a global community of German teachers exchanging language teaching skills and knowledge.

Connected to Goethe-Exam Centres Worldwide

Demonstrate and validate your German language abilities according to internationally recognized standards.

The Right Course at Your Level

No matter your proficiency level, from beginner to the most advanced learners of German, our placement test will sort you into the course that’s the right fit for your abilities.

Personalized Help and Support

Every learner has their own specific needs and focuses. Our staff is always on hand to help you with your questions or problems to help you reach your goals.

Our Faculty

All our staff members are either native German speakers or highly fluent in German, specially trained in teaching German as a foreign language. The basis of our teaching methods is the DLL – Deutsch Lehren Lernen professional development program, created in collaboration between specialists at the Goethe-Institut and representatives of the scientific community.

Our Facility

Built and designed for your learning needs.


Our bright and friendly classrooms are equipped with digital whiteboards and Wi-Fi for learner oriented and interactive language learning.

Supplemental Resources

The Goethe-Jinchuang Language Center does not have its own library. If you are interested in further reading on German language, literature, culture and current news, let us refer you to the “Onleihe” of the Goethe-Institut (https://www.goethe.de/ins/sha/de/kul/bth/onl.html), the book and media collection at the Department of Culture and Education of the German Consulate General in Shanghai (https://www.goethe.de/ins/sha/de/kul/bth/bib.html) as well as the German Information Library in the Shanghai Library (http://www.library.sh.cn/tsg-zwb/dwb/index.html).

Welcome Desk

Each learner has their own specific needs and priorities. Our staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have about courses and examinations. Your goals are important to us.

Digital Learning

We also offer all our course formats as interactive online courses, so that you can learn German from the comfort of your own home.

Our Teaching Methods

We teach based on natural learning methods proven to be effective for using German in the real world.

Communication Tools

Goethe-Language Centres prepare you for actually using German in your daily life. Entry level classes teach you how to introduce yourself and ask your conversational partner questions – e.g. where they are from or where something is – as well as how to answer these questions.

We emphasize giving you the tools to help you understand familiar, everyday expressions and simple sentences aimed at satisfying specific needs. Whether you’re pursuing learning German for social reasons or for career advancement, our classes provide a solid foundation for using German as a communication tool.

GER Levels

Our course structure follows the guidelines set by the international Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment (GER). This framework divides learners into three broad divisions with two subdivisions each: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, and C2. Each level sets the benchmark for your German reading, listening, speaking, and writing abilities.

The A levels correspond to basic users, B levels correspond to independent users, and C levels correspond to proficient users of the German language. The Goethe-Institut has offered estimates for the cumulative hours of studying needed to reach each level: A1 (200 hours), A2 (350 hours), B1 (650 hours), B2 (800 hours), C1 (1000 hours), C2 (2000+ hours).

Exam Structure

As a Goethe-Language Centre, we work tightly in partnership with the Goethe-Institut and are a certified Goethe Exam centre. Validate your learning progress through internationally recognized standardized examinations. Providing GER certificates, the Goethe-Institut examinations are accepted as proof of basic German language skills required for spousal immigration and obtaining residency permits in Germany as well as proof of qualification by many employers and educational establishments.

All Goethe-Institut exams for adult learners are audited by the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE) and have been awarded the Q-Mark quality seal.


The Goethe-Jinchuang Language Centre nurtures a work culture that brings out the full potential of those passionate about German language and culture. We provide all our teachers with the opportunity to take part in trainings and seminars all over China, Asia, and Germany.

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