Levels

If you are not sure about your German language level, you should read this information carefully. We at INNES conform to the official and international standards set by ÖSD and CEFR.

In total, there are 5 levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1. Each level consists of 2 phases. In every INNES course (Intensive Course or Semester Course) you proceed 1 phase. So for example, to complete A1 level, you need two courses: A1/1 and A1/2. This means, by doing two intensive German language courses at INNES, you can complete one entire level. Please find below a user-friendly overview of the main can do's for each level.  

Placement tests: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1

A1

In order to complete the A1 level, you need to participate in two phases: A1/1 and A1/2. Level A1 is for participants with no or very little previous competence in the German language. After completing A1 level, you can:

  1. Use the alphabet to spell words
  2. Interact with others if they speak slowly and clearly
  3. Say and understand very simple expressions and sentences from everyday life
  4. Introduce yourself and others
  5. Make and answer simple and personal questions, for example where you live, people you know and things you have
  6. Write short and simple postcards or letters, fill in forms
  7. Use receptive strategies, affective strategies, interaction strategies (asking for repetition or reformulation), memory strategies

A2

In order to complete the A2 level, you need to participate in two phases: A2/1 and A2/2. You can start with A2/1 if you are able to fulfil all communicative actions as detailed in A1. After completing A2 level, you can:

  1. Read and understand information from signs, catalogues, menus, timetables, and short letters or notes
  2. Interact with others if they speak slowly and clearly
  3. Understand and say simple expressions and sentences about topics that are familiar to you
  4. Speak about family, other people, your living situation, your education, your profession, shopping, local geography and other matters of your immediate need
  5. Write simple notes and short personal letters
  6. Use receptive strategies, affective strategies, interaction strategies (asking for repetition or reformulation), memory strategies and social strategies


B1

In order to complete the B1 level, you need to participate in two phases: B1/1 and B1/2. You can start with B1/1 if you are able to fulfil all communicative actions as detailed in A2. This is often a big “jump” for learners, as you are moving from being a basic user to becoming an independent user. After completing B1 level, you can:

  1. Understand the main points in a conversation if Standard German is being spoken, and if the conversation is about  familiar topics such as work, school, or free time
  2. Understand the main points from TV and radio, if communicators speak slowly and clearly
  3. Read and understand texts that contain common language from everyday life and the world of work
  4. Read and understand private letters that contain information about recent happenings, feelings and wishes
  5. Participate in a conversation about familiar topics
  6. Say simple, connected sentences to express your experience, recent happenings, dreams, hopes and ambitions. 
  7. Briefly give reasons and explanations for your opinions and plans
  8. Tell a story or report the plot of a book or movie and express your reaction to it
  9. Communicate in most situations that a traveller would encounter, e.g. buying a ticket, asking for the way, making an invitation or reporting a problem
  10. Write about topics that are of your personal interest
  11. Write personal and semi-formal letters and speak about your experience and your impressions
  12. Use receptive strategies, affective strategies, interaction strategies (asking for repetition or reformulation), memory strategies, social strategies, problem-solving strategies, production strategies, decision-making strategies

B2

In order to complete the B2 level, you need to participate in two phases: B2/1 and B2/2. You can start with B2/1 if you are able to fulfil all communicative actions as detailed in B1. In Austria, you need to reach B2 level in order to enroll in a university. After completing B2 level, you can:

  1. Understand the main point of long and complex texts (concrete and abstract), including complex argumentation, given that your are somewhat familiar with the topic
  2. Understand television programs and movies, as long as Standard German is being used
  3. Speak spontaneously and fluently, so that a ‘normal’ conversation with a native speaker is possible
  4. Participate actively in discussions about familiar topics to represent and argue your viewpoints
  5. Explain the answer to a question and discuss advantages and disadvantages
  6. Write clear and detailed texts, especially argumentative essays or reports
  7. Write personal and formal letters in which you explain your opinion about certain topics  and describe your personal experience
  8. Use receptive strategies, affective strategies, interaction strategies (asking for repetition or reformulation), memory strategies, social strategies, problem-solving strategies, production strategies, decision-making strategies

C1

In order to complete the C1 level, you need to participate in two phases: C1/1 and C1/2. You can start with C1/1 if you are able to fulfil all communicative actions as detailed in B2. After completing C1 level, you can:

  1. Understand with ease virtually everything heard or read, including a wide range of demanding, longer clauses
  2. Recognize implicit meaning
  3. Summarize information from different spoken and written sources and construct arguments in a coherent presentation
  4. Express yourself spontaneously, fluently and precisely without much obvious searching for expressions
  5. Use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes
  6. Write  clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices
  7. Use receptive strategies, affective strategies, interaction strategies (asking for repetition or reformulation), memory strategies, social strategies, problem-solving strategies, production strategies, decision-making strategies

Still not sure about your level?
Do the placement tests: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 or contact us for a personal level test at the INNES office. 

 


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