Understanding Level A1.1 in the German Language

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We stand by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), a universally recognized guide that delineates the progression of learners of foreign languages, not just in Europe, but globally.

Checkout available German group courses or take our German placement test to learn your current level.

CEFR Levels – A General Overview

The CEFR categorizes language proficiency into six distinct levels:

  • A1: Beginners
  • A2: Elementary
  • B1: Intermediate
  • B2: Upper Intermediate
  • C1: Advanced
  • C2: Mastery

Many institutions, including ours, dissect these levels further for a more tailored learning experience. For instance, A1 is split into A1.1 and A1.2, optimizing the course structure for both the students’ time and financial resources. This meticulous subdivision facilitates a smoother and more nuanced learning curve, particularly for those at the beginner stages of their German language journey.

Delving into A1.1 – The Starting Point

Beginning with A1 signifies an initiation into the German language with no prior experience. Upon the successful completion of A1.1, learners will have acquired the following proficiencies:

1. Basic Communication:

  • Exchange of greetings and goodbyes.
  • Facilitating introductions.
  • Discussing origins and native languages.
  • Enquiring and elaborating on well-being.

2. Elementary Information:

  • Conversing about family dynamics.
  • Counting and understanding numbers.
  • Sharing details about one’s place of origin.
  • Descriptive conversations about others using pronouns.

3. Functional Tasks:

  • Efficiently completing registration forms.
  • Conversations about possessions.
  • Naming and discussing groceries.
  • Articulating needs and lack thereof.

4. Commercial Transactions:

  • Determining the price, quantity, and packaging of items.
  • Making purchases at stores.
  • Ordering food and beverages.

5. Descriptive Conversations:

  • Chatting about one’s living space.
  • Engaging in comparative discussions.
  • Descriptions of furniture and household items.
  • Deciphering apartment advertisements.

6. Time & Schedule:

  • Accurately telling the time.
  • Talking about daily schedules and routines.
  • Detailing activities based on different times of the day.
  • Discussing the weather.

7. Recreational Activities:

  • Conversing about leisure activities.
  • Describing abilities and limitations.
  • Expressing desires and wants.

8. Historical Context:

  • Communicating about past events.
  • Describing past routines.
  • Familiarity with days of the week and months.

Final Thoughts

Embarking on the A1.1 journey is a crucial step towards mastering the German language. It sets the foundation, allowing learners to progress with confidence and competence. We are committed to ensuring that our students gain a comprehensive understanding at each stage, setting them up for success as they transition to higher levels. With this rigorous yet rewarding approach, we ensure that every individual is well-equipped to communicate effectively and confidently in German.

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