Better German Podcast with Susi

Susanne Schilk-Blümel

Episode 19 - Introduction to German Levels and Exams

What do A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2 mean?

2024-01-11 23 min

Description & Show Notes

In this podcast episode, Iexplains the different levels of German language proficiency and exams. I give you details about each level, from A1 to C2, and give you information what you need each level for, as travel, work, and studying. I am also telling you about the relation between actually learning the language and passing the exams and why I think it is problematic to learn for the exams.
This episode is perfect for you to become oriented in the world of language levels and to see which level you need to aim for and what you can expect from each level. 

In this episode of Better German, Susi Blumel explains the levels of proficiency (skill in understanding and using the language) in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, which is used by most schools and official places for language courses and exams. She discusses A1 to C2 levels and clarifies what each level means in terms of communication abilities. Susi emphasizes the importance of truly learning German, rather than just passing exams, and shares insights based on her teaching experience. She also provides information about exams necessary for visas and citizenship in Austria.

Key Topics and Bullet Points
Primary Topic: Introduction to German Language Levels and Exams
- Explanation of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
- How the framework defines the levels of knowledge in a foreign language
- Use of the framework for referring to courses and exams
- Emphasis on helping people to learn German, not just pass exams
Primary Topic: Description of Different Levels
- Levels A1 and A2
  - An overview of the abilities and knowledge at A1 and A2 levels
  - Specific details about the A1 and A2 exams, with examples of where they are required for visas and citizenship
- Levels B1 and B2
  - Description of the increased fluency and communication abilities at B1 and B2 levels
  - Insight into the necessity of B2 level for living and interacting in Austria
  - Details about the different parts and exam requirements for B1 and B2 levels
- Levels C1 and C2
  - Discussion of the proficiency and fluency achieved at C1 and C2 levels
  - Requirements for studying at a university in Germany or Austria at C1 level
Primary Topic: Personal Insights and Recommendations
- The host's experiences with students passing exams but lacking actual speaking abilities
- The importance of achieving a high level of proficiency for genuine interaction with native speakers and life in Austria
- The ongoing learning process and continual improvement in language skills

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