About the GLSC

Greetings from the Ambassadors

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Peter Wittig
Ambassador, Germany

The German Language School Conference (GLSC) has since 1977 served as the umbrella organization of private German language schools in the United States. By offering German instruction to people of all ages and in areas where public school programs do not exist, the language schools play a crucial role in providing access to the German language and culture. Through its language schools and targeted basic and advanced training of educators, the GLSC greatly contributes to the promotion of German as a foreign language in the United States.

In this age of globalization and ever greater global connectedness, communication across borders is crucially important. While English has meanwhile become established as the “lingua franca” of global communication, foreign language fluency is nonetheless key to deep mutual understanding of the culture and history of people of different backgrounds. Worldwide, some 100 million people or nearly 20 percent of the population of the European Union speak German as their native tongue. Overall, currently about 14.5 million people are learning German, approximately 500,000 of which are living in the United States.

There is good reason for this: Germany and the United States are closely bound by their histories and cultures. Germany is the prime trading partner of the U.S. in the EU. As a place to study, conduct science, and engage in research, Germany has a lot to offer people from abroad. Knowledge of the German language thus facilitates access to German society, business and industry, and culture and fosters mutual understanding.

I wish the GLSC and its member schools much continued success in their work and hope that many people thereby find their way to the German language.

Peter Wittig, Ambassador

German Language School Conference • E-Mail: info@germanschools.org