Where do we want students to be at the end of a course or a program?
How will we know if they get there? These are two important questions that our teachers ask themselves while preparing their lessons. They are constantly collecting information about student learning and performance to help students reach their language learning goals.
At the Dallas Goethe Center we believe that for assessment to be meaningful it must be done thoughtfully, systematically and in cooperation with the students and the parents of our younger students.
Curriculum-based assessments are used to monitor progression during and at the end of a semester. Our teachers base their instruction and assessment on The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and follow current guidelines and best practices for German as a Foreign Language. In addition, we adhere to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency Guidelines (see a self-assessment grid below).
At the Dallas Goethe Center students can work toward taking the examinations administered by the Goethe Institut and the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG).
We became a Goethe-Institut Examination Center (ImP) in 2015.
The Goethe-Institut’s exams are designed to demonstrate language skills relating to German as a foreign language and German as a second langue and are administered around the world in accordance with uniform regulations to children (ages 10 and up) and adults.
One need not have attended a language course or acquired a certificate in order to participate in an exam, meaning the exams are not only open to Dallas Goethe Center students but can be taken by students who have studied German at middle or high schools, community colleges, universities or other German language instituts as well.
Companies, businesses and universities all over the world acknowledge the Goethe-Institut exams as proof of German language proficiency.
There is a fee for each exam and they are voluntarily. However, they are a wonderful opportunity to show what one has learned and is able to do.
You may learn more about the Goethe-Institut Exams HERE.
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