Our language courses are based on the Common European Framework of reference for Languages (CEFR), by the Council of Europe. This differentiates between the three competence levels of elementary, independent and competent use of language. Each of these three levels is split into two stages.
You receive a certificate each time you pass a language examination. The certificate states which level you have reached. For example, A1 is the first level of elementary language use. Skills at this level are required for people from many countries who wish to move toGermany. Anyone wishing to apply for German citizenship must generally have proof of German to level B1. Those wanting to complete an apprenticeship, need level B2. Those who wish to study inGermanyneed to prove that their knowledge of German corresponds to level C1.
Here you can find an overview of the language skills that you have acquired in completing the relevant examination:
|Elementary language use|
|A1||I can understand and use familiar, everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. I can introduce myself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details. I can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.|
|A2||I can understand sentences and commonly used expressions which are used in everyday life (e.g. information about people and family, shopping, work and local environment). I can make myself understood in simple, routine situations, in which the conversation is a simple and direct exchange of information about familiar and current issues. I can use simple methods to describe my own background and education, the direct environment and things relating to everyday life.|
|Independent use of language|
|B1||I can understand the main points when clear, standard language is used, and when the conversation is about familiar issues such as work, school, leisure etc. I can overcome most situations that I encounter when travelling in the area where the language is spoken. I can express myself simply and coherently about familiar topics and personal areas of interest. I can report about experiences and events, dreams, hopes and targets, and can give short justifications or explanations for plans and views.|
|B2||I can understand the main contents of complex texts about concrete and abstract topics. I also understand technical discussions in my own specialist area. I can express myself spontaneously and fluently so that it is possible to hold a normal conversation with native speakers without any great difficulty for either party. I can express myself clearly and in detail on a wide range of topics, can explain my point of view on a current issue and can give the advantages and disadvantages of different options.|
|Competent use of language|
|C1||I can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts and can also comprehend implicit meanings. I can express myself spontaneously and fluently, without noticeably having to search for words regularly. I can use the language effectively and flexibly in everyday and professional life or in an educational environment. I can express myself clearly, extensively and in a structured manner about complex topics, and in doing so can link to texts in an appropriate manner.|
|C2||I can understand practically everything that I read or hear without effort. I can summarise information from various written and oral sources, and can reproduce justifications and explanations in a coherent representation. I can express myself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, and can make finer nuances and meanings clear, even in the case of complex topics.|
Common reference levels: global scale (Source: Trim, John; North, Brian & Coste, Daniel (2001), Gemeinsamer europäischer Referenzrahmen für Sprachen: Lernen, lehren, beurteilen.Munich: Langenscheidt.)