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German as a second language - Course levels

German Proficiency Levels

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

The Sprachenatelier course levels correspond with the Proficiency Levels outlined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

The beginners level (Grundstufe) consist of three modules (A1, A2 and B1).

After the beginner‘s level follows the intermediate level (Mittelstufe), which also consists of two modules (B2/C1).

Finally, the advanced level (Oberstufe) has one module (C2).

Every intensive German course at Sprachenatelier Berlin has an approximate duration of 160 class hours per proficiency level.

Level Skills
Basic user A1 Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases.
A2 Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance.
Independent user B1 Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
B2 Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his field of specialisation.
Proficient user C1 Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning.
C2 Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read.


The following Written and Oral exams for Proficiency Levels A1 to C2 can be conducted here at Sprachenatelier Berlin:

Sprachenatelier Berlin offers special, intensive preparation courses for the following University Language Exams, all scheduled regularly:


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