In order to provide an accessible and appealing opportunity for refugees and immigrants to get into the local language, German libraries are starting to participate in the “welcomegrooves” project.
Welcomegrooves is a collaborative effort of more than 70 volunteers from the German creative industries and related sectors. Together, they have developed six lesson units “Learn German with Music”. In cooperation with refugees, these units have been translated into 23 languages. For the sake of user-friendliness, they can be downloaded as MP3-files onto mobile phones/devices as well as used online. For both, libraries provide facilities and support.
The idea of welcomegrooves is to give a warm welcome to the people who found shelter in Germany and to help them to familiarise themselves with their host country.
Thanks to Guido Jansen from IFLA National Committee Germany for passing on this information.