Class Structure and Curriculum

Our classes are structured according to age and language background. Depending on their knowledge and whether German is the language spoken at home, students learn German either as a second or as a foreign language and are divided into two streams throughout the entire program. These streams are called the German or English Branch and classes are identified by their title: G1 to G8 and E1 to E8.  Branch switches are possible after oral and written evaluation of the student by the respective teacher and the principal.

GERMAN AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

DaZ – Deutsch als Zweitsprache

Classes in the German Speaking Branch are conducted entirely in the German language; hence any explanations given by the teacher will be in German. After successfully completing G8 students advance to the Language Diploma Class.

GERMAN AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE

DaF – Deutsch als Fremdsprache

Students are taught similarly to the German Speaking Branch; however, the use of English for the purpose of clarification and explanations is permissible to encourage students to learn the German language.

Common European Reference Levels for Languages

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is a guideline used to describe achievements of learners of foreign languages across Europe and, increasingly, in other countries. It was put together by the Council of Europe as the main part of the project “Language Learning for European Citizenship” between 1989 and 1996. Its main aim is to provide a method of learning, teaching and assessing which applies to all languages in Europe.

The outline framework recognizes six broad levels which give an adequate coverage of the learning space relevant to European language learners. Of the 6 levels of Learning German five are taught at the Surrey German Language School in British Columbia, Canada.

Basic User

A1

Classes in our school: G1 / E1 – E4

  • 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.

A2

Classes in our school: G2 – G6 / E5 – E8

  • 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.

Independent User

B1

Classes in our school: G7 / G8 / DSD 1

  • 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 and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

B2

Classes in our school: DSD 2

  • 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.

Proficient User

C1

Classes in our school: DSD 2

  • Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize 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.

C2

Classes in our school: Not available

  • 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 him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.