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Language Curriculum

Curriculum &

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.

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Our German Class Structure


Deutsch als Zweitsprache
German as a Second Language

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.


Deutsch als Fremdsprache
German as a Foreign Language

Classes in the English Speaking Branch 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.

Learning Standards

Common European Language Framework

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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.

German Basic User


Classes in our school: G1 / E1 – E4

Understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases.


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

You can talk about basic topics and express your needs - like when you’re shopping.

German Independent User


Classes in our school: G7 / G8 / DSD 1

When traveling in Germany, you can easily deal with most situations you encounter. You can talk about your experiences and clearly state your point of view.


Classes in our school: DSD 2

BE CONVINCING. You can communicate spontaneously and fluently - even in longer conversations with native speakers. You can follow complicated texts and discussions and express your opinion on abstract topics.

German Proficient User


Classes in our school: DSD 2

You don’t have to search for words and you can speak German comfortably and flexibly in any situation. You understand long, challenging texts.


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You understand everything you read and hear and can communicate spontaneously and fluently, conveying detailed information.
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Learning Standards

Learning Standards

Framework for German as a Foreign Language

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:

  • Listening and Listening-Visual comprehension
  • Participation in Conversations
  • Speaking coherently
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing
  • Language mediation

Deutsch als Fremdsprache

Framework of German as a Foreign Language
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