German Levels

You will be asked to take a test on your first Monday morning (unless you're a beginner), to establish your standard so that we can put you in the right class for you.

Each level takes aproximately 12 weeks to complete. This depends on a lot of things: how hard you work, how well you participate while you are here, how long you stay, your own motivation and language ability along with a lot of other factors. Learning a foreign language in the country where it is spoken is almost universally accepted as the best method of learning. At our school we insist that students speak German all the time and our free time programme is organised so that students have plenty of opportunities to speak and discuss issues as well as enjoy the environment and learn about the Austrian people, history and culture. The school is well equipped with books, videos, cassettes, newspapers, magazines and text books which students may borrow for private study.

Basic User A1 - Breakthrough

Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

  • simple everyday-life communication, personal topics
  • Basic Grammar
    1. - verb (present, perfect, past tense and imperative),
      - simple use of modal verbs,
      - nouns (nominative, accusative, and dative case, plural),
      - prepositions, statements of place and date, interrogative sentences,
      - adjectives (comparison, declension),
      - personal pronouns, possessive pronouns etc.
      - subordinate clauses with "dass, weil, obwohl, wenn"
  • topics: introducing yourself, food, clothes, living (house), travel, leisure time etc.
  • understanding of simple texts and of important information
  • writing of simple written texts (taking notes, short personal letters)
  • learning of the correct German pronunciation
Basic User A2 - Waystage

Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

  • preparation for the ÖSD - Grundstufe Deutsch
  • conversation about everyday-life, personal topics
  • repetition and consolidation of grammar:
    1. - verbs (present, perfect and past tense)
      - nouns (dative and accusative case)
      - adjectives (declension, comparison)
      - statements of place and time
      - subordinate clauses (dass, weil, obwohl, wenn)
  • field of topics: family, health, living (house), job, travel etc.
  • understanding of simple texts
  • writing of simple letters
  • improvement of pronunciation
  • acquisition of learning techniques
Independent User B1 - Threshold

Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes &ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

  • preparation for the Zertifikat Deutsch
  • conversations about more complex topics relating to the personal
  • extension of basic grammar:
    1. - verbs: infinitive with "zu", subjunctive II, passive, Zustandspassiv, participles
      - nouns: n-declension, pronominal adverbs
      - adjectives: (comparison, declension)
      - statements of locality, temporality and modality
      - subordinate clauses (temporal, "damit, um ..zu, statt dass, dadurch dass," etc.)
      - sentence structure, textual grammatical structures etc.
      - word formation
  • topics: media, jobs, conflicts and their solution, ways of living, memories etc.
  • understanding of more complex and authentic texts
  • writing of simple personal and official letters
  • improvement of pronunciation
  • acquisition of learning techniques
Independent User B2 - Vantage

Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

  • discussions and conversations on more complex questions
  • extension of grammar knowledge: subjunctive I and II, subordinate
    1. - clauses, passive, reported speech, Konnektoren, textual grammatical structures
  • topics: job, family, travel, film, sports and fashion etc
  • differentiating understanding of text excerpts from the press, literature and popular science
  • improvement of pronunciation
  • acquisition of learning techniques
  • writing of complex texts: statements, letters to the editor etc.
Proficient User C1 - Effective Operational Proficiency

Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

  • preparation for the ÖSD - Mittelstufe Deutsch exam
  • discussions and conversations of complex topics and questions
  • consolidation of grammatical knowledge: subjunctive II, passive and passive paraphrasing
  • verbalization, nominalisation, attribution, indirect speech,
  • subjective and objective use of modal verbs, textual grammar
  • topics: Languages, Communication, Science, Future, Society, Literature, Art
  • differentiated understanding of texts from the press, literature and sciences
  • writing of complex written texts (statements, opinions, letters to the editor)
  • improvement of pronunciation
  • acquisition of learning techniques
Proficient User C2 - Mastery

Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.

  • preparation for the German exams Diplom Wirtschaftssprache Deutsch and the Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom
  • discussions and conversations of complex topics
  • differentiated contemplation of ways of expressing oneself in German
  • contemplation of grammar in regard to questions of style
  • topics: stress on areas in literature, economy, science
  • differentiated understanding of text excerpts from the press, literature and sciences
  • writing of complex texts: detailed statements, analysis, correspondence
  • improvement of pronunciation
  • acquisition of learning techniques

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