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Goethe Zertifikat A1-C2

The perfect place for a quiet 'read-aloud warm up' is, of course, just outside the Goethe Institut. 

2022 was yet another very successful year for the Goethe Zertifikat tutees I had the pleasure and privilege to work with.

Well done, everyone!

"Sönke is a great teacher! He was very helpful and easy to get on with. Before hiring him I had hit a plateau and was lacking direction and motivation. From the start he was interested in making sure the lessons were suited the best for me, what I needed to improve on the most, how we learnt, the type of homework etc. He brought exactly what I needed, structure and enthusiasm. Therefore, I was always looking forward to the next lesson. Sönke definitely renewed my love for the language and made learning German enjoyable again. I never looked back on a lesson and thought "I didn't really accomplish anything today". He was always challenging and pushing me to get better. In particular he helped me improve my speaking ability and confidence tremendously. Thanks to him I passed my Goethe Zertifikat exam and I am already thinking about take the next one!"

Keenan (young adult learner)

"Sönke managed to fit me in for a few months in the run up to my Goethe C1 exam. When I first started, I had never taken a German exam was just hoping that he would help me pass. In the end, he helped lead me to achieve 100% in speaking and over 90% in writing and listening. Most importantly though, I have gained a confidence and trust in my German that I will enjoy taking with me into later life.

I was thoroughly impressed by his quality, experience, and humor! I could not recommend him enough and wish I could go back to the beginning and do it all again :)"

Sam (young adult learner)

"The Goethe-Institut's German language examinations correspond to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and range from A1 for beginners to C2 for language skills at the highest level."


source: Goethe Institut

NB: If you are using a smartphone, please click onto this wikipedia hyperlink to access the following table:

Level group Level group name Level Level name Description
A Basic user A1 Breakthrough or beginner
  • Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.
  • Can introduce themselves and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people they know and things they have.
  • Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
A2 Waystage or elementary
  • 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 their background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
B Independent user B1 Threshold or intermediate
  • 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 while travelling in an area where the language is spoken.
  • Can produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.
  • Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
B2 Vantage or upper intermediate
  • Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in their field of specialization.
  • 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.
C Proficient user C1 Effective operational proficiency or advanced
  • Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer clauses, and recognize implicit meaning.
  • Can express ideas 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 organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
C2 Mastery or proficiency
  • Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read.
  • Can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.
  • Can express themselves spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.

source: Wikipedia

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