Institute Language Exams}
an official testing center for the internationally
recognized language certification exams of the Goethe
Institut. Dr. Cynthia Chapa and Dr. Scott
Williams of TCU are certified examiners
for the levels A1, A2, B1 (in German also called the "Zertifikat
or "ZD"), B2, and C1 according to the Common
European Framework of Reference for Languages.
According to German law, the spouse of a person
in Germany on a work visa must show
at least A level language proficiency to obtain a
residence permit. For information on visa requirements, contact the
We are excited to announce that the department offers
exams not only to majors and minors but will also now be giving students
completing the lower division 4 semester cycle the opportunity to
take the appropriate certification exam.
We administer tests twice a year:
- end of April / start of May
- end of November / start of December
Scott G. Williams for
information (817 257-7163).
Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
(Levels in bold indicate exams given here at TCU)
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 more complex situations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In dealing with German-language companies and other
entities, we feel our students will be better served having demonstrated
their abilities according to the standards adopted in
German-speaking countries. Although
there is still debate about exact equivalences between the proficiency
scales of the Common
European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL), the American
Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL),
and the Interagency
Language Roundtable (ILR), the following table gives a rough approximation:
||Novice (low, middle, high)
||Intermediate low, middle
||Advanced (low, middle, high)
Website of the Common
European Framework of Reference for Languages
Website of the American
Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language