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.
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.
The teaching of “German as a Foreign Language” at German schools abroad and at schools that lead to the exams for the German Language Diploma of the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs has a basis: the framework plan for “German as a Foreign Language”.
The framework is structured into the following categories: