German Language Learning at MCHS
A ‘gut gemacht’ goes out to some German 30 students at Memorial Composite High School. A ‘well done!’ is in order for 13 students who recently chose to participate in rigorous tests designed to demonstrate their abilities to read, write, speak and comprehend a new language. Every Memorial student that opted in not only held their own, but excelled when it came to the measures of successful learning.
The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages addresses learning, teaching and assessment of language proficiency. It is used in Europe and other continents, and is now gaining recognition in Canada as well. The CEFR is available in 39 languages and describes language proficiency at six levels: A1 and A2, B1 and B2, C1 and C2. It provides a basis for recognizing language qualification for occupational mobility and for entrance into post-secondary institutions. The exams are rigorous and test students’ abilities in four strands of language learning: Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing.
In April of 2014, thirteen of forty-seven German 30 students from Memorial chose to participate in the A2 level exam, the level expected to be attained by the end of German 30. All students met the standards of proficiency in three or more language learning areas and have been able to add this achievement to their portfolios. Of these thirteen students, eleven began German as a second language study with no formal or informal prior learning. Memorial is proud to celebrate the commitment and success of these students, and also our learning journey into the world of global language use. Super Gut!