Course Levels

Common European Framework of Reference for Language Learning and Teaching (Strasbourg 2001)

A1 (A1/a - A1/b) Breakthrough Level
Communication related to everyday situations: understanding of the high frequency vocabulary and of elementary phrases, posing simple questions, initiation of and response to simple statements, production of simple phrases and sentences about people and places; production of short texts; knowledge of basic grammatical structures; vocabulary of about 500 words.
A2 (A2/a - A2/b) Waystage Level
Communication in enough high frequency everyday or job-related language to be able to meet concrete needs: understanding of frequently recurring texts and phrases; communicating in predictable situations and simple, short routine exchanges; direct exchange of information on everyday and job-related matters; oral and written production of short, simple texts about everyday events and personal experiences; differentiation of grammatical structures, vocabulary of about 1200 words.
B1 (B1/a - B1/b) Threshold Level
Understanding of factual information, general messages and assessments concerning everyday situations and matters related to his/her professional field; ability to communicate about routine matters; exchanging, checking and commenting on information; taking part in discussions about familiar topics, expressing personal opinions and talking about topics of the student's interest; production of simple accounts and descriptions in these fields; understanding and usage of more complex grammatical structures, vocabulary of about 2000 words.
B2 (B2/a - B2/b) Vantage Level
Understanding of complex language, even of unfamiliar topics; recognizing the line of argument and identifying points of emphasis of argumentation; understanding of straightforward texts on subjects related to the student's field and interests; communication on a wide range of vocational, cultural and general topics, even in extended discussions, appropriate to the circumstances, according to each individual student's language capability; accounting for and sustaining personal views by explanations and arguments; systematic presentation and discussion of topics related to the student's interests and professional field after appropriate preparation; understanding and production of texts on general topics; understanding of texts related to the student's professional field; repetition of grammatical structures.
C1 (C1/a - C1/b) Effective Operational Proficiency Level
Understanding the full range of the German language in all its complexities; recognizing implied relationships and appreciating distinctions of style; spontaneous communication; effortless and fluent complex contributions to discussions, even about demanding topics; mastering a differentiated vocabulary and using circumlocutions; production of detailed and clearly structured texts on complex topics, efficiently presenting personal points of view; repetition of grammatical structures.
C2 (C2/a - C2/b) Mastery Level
Understanding, analyzing and interpreting all sorts of written and oral language; command of a wide range of idiomatic expressions; command of a wide range of modification devices to convey finer shades of meaning; ability to circumvent expressive or comprehension difficulties; production of clear, smooth and complex speeches or contributions to discussions; production of elaborate written texts with an effective logical structure, mastering a wide range of written matter; repetition of grammatical structures.
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The placement test

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First day of the course

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