Partner in DaF-Netzwerk - Germany
"IIK Düsseldorf" is one of the participants from Germany in DaF-Südost Netzwerk. Beside the english information below you will find more detailed information in german on this site.
The Institute, founded in 1989, is a non-profit organization (e.V.) devoted to enhance international exchange and training. The IIK offers German language courses, organizes exchange programs as well as vocational trainings (including teacher training) and is providing a wide range of information and counseling services. Situated right on the campus, the IIK cooperates closely with Düsseldorf's Heinrich-Heine-Universität and sponsors its international activities.
In the late 90's the IIK incorporated the Internet into its international exchange and education services: Since 1997 it creates web-based teaching materials, publishes e-mail newsletters, designs and hosts websites for international companies or provides content and WBT-modules for multi-media agencies. To promote international exchange with German speaking countries and German teaching and learning communities the IIK maintains two web portals:
with more than 60.000 pi/month. By developing textbooks, conducting international business studies, training managers in intercultural and modern multi-media-communication, and organizing in-service teacher training workshops, the IIK also provides more "traditional" education and counseling services.
The IIK's staff is a more than 20 person team of academics, teachers and managers, and draws upon a rich pool of experts, teachers, graduates and promising students from Düsseldorf's Heinrich-Heine-Universität. Several In-Service Training Courses for German teachers by the IIK have been included in the Comenius 2.2 Course List and more than 1000 participants per year attended by the intensive language courses.
The IIK cooperates with international companies, publishers, universities, teachers' associations and public institutions like the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) or the German Exchange Service for Teachers and Socrates National Agency (PAD), The IIK maintains links to several hundred schools and teacher training institutions with German Language teachers all over Europe, e.g. the Wirtschaftshochschule Budapest, Hungary, Deutsch-Französisches Hochschulinstitut, Saarbrücken, Delft University, Netherlands, Hochschule für Wirtschaft, Gastronomie und Tourismus, Budapest, Hungary, Pori School of Technology and Economics, Finland, and the University of Limerick, Ireland.
The IIK has participated in several TEMPUS projects, the last one (1999) being a common European Structure Project under the title "Initial and in-service Teacher Training for German as a Pluricentric Language ", addressing Hungarian GFL teachers and cooperating with German language university departments in Austria, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland. For more information see
Key person/ expert responsible in the network:
Assistent director of the Institute with more than 25 permanent staff members is Dr. Rüdiger Riechert. He studied German and History at the University of Düsseldorf, where in 1990, he received his PhD in Modern Literature.
From 1990 until 1992 he received a formal training as a teacher in secondary education, and in 1993 he became Head of the Language and Teacher Training Department of the IIK. From 1995 till 2000, he also worked as an assistant/ assistant professor at the German Department of Düsseldorf University. Since 1996 he has been in charge of all web and technology related services the IIK offers, and in 1997, he became assistent director of the IIK.
His research focuses on the didactics of German teaching and learning, in particular on the use of new technologies like the Internet, and special German for business purposes. In these fields he has published several articles, both online and offline.
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