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Levels of German Language Courses

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Course levels

We offer eight course levels for German courses, each with a 4-8 week syllabus. Levels start at absolute beginner and progress to advanced. It is the responsibility of the theacher to decide whether a student may proceed to the next level. Weekly tests aid this decision. If a student's skills are incompatible with those of the rest of the group, it is naturally also possible to switch levels mid-course after consulting the school management.
In the last 9 months Maria worked her way up from course level A1 (which is absolute beginner) to C1. Read about her success story on our blog!

Placement

After a written assessment test and an oral assessment interview you are placed in the appropriate level. The written assessment test takes approximately 60 minutes and covers grammar, reading comprehension and writing skills. It is included in your booking materials or available online.
Please return the placement test by email after receiving your booking confirmation, otherwise it is possible that you might miss the first day's classes of your German course.

Free Online German Test

Test your German skills on our Website for free.
The Short Version Test is made up of 30 questions about German grammar, orthography and vocabulary and will give you a percentage result.
The Long Version Test consists of 10 questions per level. If you can correctly answer 80% or more, you advance to the next level.
NOTE: our online tests do not replace the written assessment test during the placement procedure.

Common European Framework of Reference

The Common European Framework of Reference as issued by the European Commission is the basis for the advancement of European multilingualism. Binding levels of competency were developed for the German language on the basis of this framework.

Our course levels as compared to the European Framework of Reference:

EU LEVELAL-COURSESDURATIONDURATION (SUM)EXAM
A1A180 Lessons / 4 Weeks80 Lessons / 4 WeeksÖSD Zertifikat A1
A2A2.1
A2.2
80 Lessons / 4 Weeks
80 Lessons / 4 Weeks
240 Lessons / 12 WeeksÖSD Zertifikat A2
B1B1.1
B1.2
80 Lessons / 4 Weeks
80 Lessons / 4 Weeks
400 Lessons / 20 WeeksÖSD Zertifiakt B1, ÖSD Zertifikat B1 Deutsch / Jugendliche
B2B2160 Lessons / 8 Weeks560 Lessons / 28 WeeksÖSD Zertifikat B2
C1C1160 Lessons / 8 Weeks720 Lessons / 36 WeeksÖSD Zertifikat C1
C2individual
(& WEP)
individualÖSD Zertifikat C2 / Wirtschaftssprache
Deutsch

You have little knowledge of German. You learn how to make simple enquiries in speaking and writing, and to give instructions. You build on your basic grammar skills and increase your vocabulary.

Contact hours:Standard Course: 20 course lessons + 5 lessons of cultural/special interest programme per week.
Intensive Course: 30 course lessons + 5 lessons of cultural/special interest programme per week.
Average course duration:4 to 8 weeks.
Starting dates:every Monday.
Prerequisites:4 weeks of Beginner course or basic knowledge of German: ability to introduce oneself and talk about simple everyday situations.
Grammatical prerequisites:The student has little knowledge of German, for example the ability to introduce oneself and talk about simple everyday situations.
Outline of course content:He/she learns how to make simple enquiries in speaking and writing and to give instructions, builds on his/her basic grammar skills and increases his/her vocabulary. The following language functions are among those practised: asking the way; giving directions; asking for and giving information; discussing home and the household; describing people and their character; defining shape, size and colour of objects; asking for and giving opinions; the working world; returning faulty goods to a shop.
Certificate:Optional: "ÖSD Zertifikat A1".

You have some knowledge of German. You learn how to express yourself adequately in familiar, everyday situations and to read and understand simple texts.

Contact hours:Standard Course: 20 course lessons + 5 lessons of cultural/special interest programme per week.
Intensive Course: 30 course lessons + 5 lessons of cultural/special interest programme per week.
Average course duration:4 to 8 weeks.
Starting dates:every Monday.
Prerequisites:8 weeks of Beginner and Elementary 1 course or good basic knowledge of German: ability to talk about everyday situations, ask the way and give simple descriptions.
Grammatical prerequisites: Imperfect tense, Nominative, Genitive, Dative, Accusative, Adjective declension, simple Subordinate Clauses, simple Prepositions.
Outline of course content: The student has some knowledge of German. He/she learns how to express him/herself adequately in familiar, everyday situations and to read and understand simple texts. Main course topics include: holidays and travel, living abroad, nature and the environment, family, the generation problem, population, living, the concept of home, news, politics, radio programmes.
Certificate:Optional: "ÖSD Zertifikat A2".

Your basic German skills are incomplete. You consolidate and revise basic grammar structures, and learn to lead discussions on interesting topics.

Contact hours:Standard Course: 20 course lessons + 5 lessons of cultural/special interest programme per week.
Intensive Course: 30 course lessons + 5 lessons of cultural/special interest programme per week.
Average course duration:4 to 8 weeks.
Starting dates:every Monday.
Prerequisites:12 weeks of Beginner, Elementary 1 & 2 course or very good basic knowledge of German. Understanding of everyday spoken and written situations, ability to communicate in day-to-day contexts.
Grammatical prerequisites: Imperfect tense, Perfect tense, Nominative, Genitive, Dative, Accusative, Adjective declension, Subordinate Clauses, direct and indirect Subordinate Clauses, Prepositions.
Outline of course content: After completing Elementary 3 the student should have a basic command of the fundamentals of German grammar and be in the position to participate in simple discussions and to understand simple texts, including the main points of short press articles. He/she consolidates and revises basic grammar structures and learns to discuss interesting topics. Main topics include: Travel & tourism, employment and the working world, school, education, history, politics & culture, literature.
Certificate:Optional: "ÖSD Zertifikat B1".

You have a command of the essentials of German. You practise reading, writing and discussing difficult topics and work-related issues.

Contact hours:Standard Course: 20 course lessons + 5 lessons of cultural/special interest programme per week.
Intensive Course: 30 course lessons + 5 lessons of cultural/special interest programme per week.
Average course duration:8 weeks.
Starting dates:every Monday.
Prerequisites:16 - 20 weeks of Beginner, Elementary 1, 2 & 3 or good German skills: problem-free and fluent communication in everyday situations, basic understanding of simple press articles and films, the ability to discuss familiar topics.
Grammatical prerequisites: Basic command of the essentials of German grammar, in particular all tense forms, Present and Imperfect Subjunctive, Passive, Adjective declension, Subordinate Clauses & sentence structure.
Outline of course content: The student should learn to express him/herself fluently about a variety of moderately difficult topics and without preparation. He/she learns to express his/her opinion, to state his/her views, to discuss, analyse and interpret simpler texts, to summarize them and give an account of them. The basic grammatical structures are revised again and consolidated on an intermediate level. The prerequisite is a command of basic grammar!
Certificate:Optional: "ÖSD Zertifikat B2 (university entrance exam)".

You have a good command of German. You learn to express yourself clearly both in speaking and writing on a large number of topics and to understand almost all texts.

Contact hours:Standard Course: 20 course lessons + 5 lessons of cultural/special interest programme per week.
Intensive Course: 30 course lessons + 5 lessons of cultural/special interest programme per week.
Average course duration:8 weeks.
Starting dates:every Monday.
Prerequisites:28 weeks of Beginner, Elementary 1, 2 & 3 and Intermediate course or a very good knowledge of German: problem-free and fluent communication in everyday situations, understanding of newspaper articles and films, ability to converse on a number of topics. Comprehensive and sound command of the language and use of a large range of language devices.
Grammatical prerequisites: The student must have a good command of German grammar, all tense forms, all applications of the Present and Imperfect Subjunctive, Subordination, Participle Constructions, Prepositions.
Outline of course content: The student has a good command of German. He/she learns to express him/herself clearly both in speaking and writing on a large number of topics and to understand almost all texts. For example: Art: fine arts - interviews given by artists - interpretation of art, learning German: experiences and problems in assimilating a foreign language, sports, Austrian regional studies, Austria-Germany-Switzerland comparison, use of different types of text, literature (poetry).
Certificate:Optional: "ÖSD Zertifikat C1 (university entrance exam)".

You can express yourself fluently in German. You work on literary, socio-political, cultural and scientific topics.

Contact hours:Standard Course: 20 course lessons + 5 lessons of cultural/special interest programme per week.
Intensive Course: 30 course lessons + 5 lessons of cultural/special interest programme per week.
Average course duration:8 weeks.
Starting dates:every Monday.
Prerequisites:36 weeks of Beginner, Elementary 1, 2 & 3 and Intermediate course or excellent knowledge of German: problem-free and fluent communication in situations of all kind, understanding of complex written and oral passages of all kind, the ability to discuss complex topics. Comprehensive and sound command of German and use of a large range of language devices.
Grammatical prerequisites: The student must have a very good command of German grammar.
Outline of course content: The student can express him/herself fluently in German. He/she works on literary, sociopolitical, cultural and scientific topics.
Certificate:Optional: "ÖSD Zertifikat C2 / Wirtschaftssprache Deutsch (university entrance exam)".

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