FAQs German Language Courses

How many levels are there in German language?

According to European Frame of Reference or CEFR, there are six levels in German language.
The CEFR describes what a learner is supposed to be able to do in reading, listening, speaking and writing at each level.

Level Description
A1 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 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.
B1 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 & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
B2 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.
C1 Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise 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 Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise 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 the most complex situations.

These descriptors can apply to any of the languages spoken in Europe, and there are translations in many languages. Deutsche Welle (sponsored by the German government) suggests A-1 is reached with about 75 hours of German tuition. A-2.1 about 150 hours. A-2.2 about 225 hours. B 1.1 about 300 hours. B 1.2 about 400 hours.

What is the level of German language required for entering the Studienkolleg?

For entering into the Studienkolleg, you will need to be highly proficient in German language at least upto B2 level and you must qualify in the entrance examination of the Studienkolleg.

Duration

What is the duration of each level?

The normal duration of A1 and A2  is 2 months each level with intensive teaching and learning. However the language course duration for B1 level is four months given the indepth teaching and huge amount of practice required in order to successfully pass the test.

How long does it take to complete B1 level?

If you learn German language well, it should not take more than 8 months for B1/ZD level. Important is that you must allocate a good amount of time for self- study at home.

How long does it take to learn upto B1 level in Germany?

For absolute beginners, it should not take less than 6 months to complete B1 level in Germany. We recommend you to complete B1 level in Nepal before applying for visa. In Germany it can be very expensive upo 350 Euros per month. Moreover there will be a very good chance for your visa after you have passed B1 level.

Cost

What is the cost of the language course?

For our students, regular intensive German language course costs NRs. 6780 inclusive of taxes. The cost of the examination fees at Goethe Zentrum Kathmandu are not included in the course fees.

Class Time

When does the class starts?

We have different class time. Normally in the morning, afternoon and in the evening. Please check your class time at the time of registration for the language course.

Books and Materials

What are the books that are used in the language course?

Our course books are Begegnungen A1+ for A1, Begegnungen A2+ for A2 and Begegnungen B1+ for B1. Apart from these course books, we use different books from different publishers for exam preparation as well as different books for Grammatik. All our books and materials are latest and upto date to give you a real understanding of the current use of German language in Germany.

Do we have to buy books extra?

No, the cost of the books and teaching materials is included in the course.

Which dictionary is good for German language learning?

We recommend Langenscheidt Taschenworterbuch. It can be purchased from the front desk without any additional cost. You just need to pay the cost of the dictionary.

Others

I have heard that German language is very difficult. Is it true?

It is not easy to learn a foreign language. Every learner makes mistakes, but if you learn well and allow it enough time, you will soon improve. Important is that you should have the courage to make mistakes and improve it slowly.

What is the pass rate of students in Goethe examinations?

We have a very high pass rate as high as 90 percent in Goethe Zentrum examinations be it whether Start Deutsch 1 or Goethe Zertifikat B1.                                

What is the cost of the Start Deutsch 1 examination?

Start Deutsch 1 examination fees cost NRs 6000 at Goethe Zentrum Kathmandu.

Can I directly take Goethe Zertifikat B1 ?

Yes, you can directly take Goethe Zertifikat B1 without having taken Start Deutsch 1 or Start Deutsch 2, however you must be well prepared because Goethe Zertifikat B1 is a modular examination which means that you must pass all the four modules i.e. reading, writing, speaking and listening separately.

What if I fail after studying?

If you study well, it is unlikely that you will fail with our preparations. However if it happens so you can retake the language course of the same level without any extra cost when the courses begin.

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