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ERIC Number: ED214375
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Place of "Zertifikat Deutsch als Fremdsprache" in the German Curriculum. A Report of a Survey.
Schneider, Gerd K.
The "Zertifikat Deutsch als Fremdsprache," an examination developed by the Adult Education Centers in West Germany and the Goethe Institute to measure a student's proficiency in German as a foreign language, consists of two main parts, group testing and individual testing. The group testing section covers listening and reading comprehension, structural grammar and vocabulary, and written expression. The individual section covers communication in an everyday situation and a guided conversation. This survey covered almost all colleges and universities using the examination and sought information on: the number of students who had taken the test within the previous three years, the textbooks used in language courses, the bearing of the examination on students' decisions to continue in and/or major in German, and ways in which the test could be improved. Analysis of the responses revealed that: (1) the test is useful; (2) it serves as a more accurate measure of students' abilities than course grades; (3) some guidance is needed as to the appropriate time in the course for students to take the examination; (4) results should be on students' transcripts; (5) students should not be charged the $10.00 fee; and (6) the Goethe House and Institutes should train more test administrators. (AMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Germany; Goethe Institute (West Germany)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association of America (97th, New York, NY, December 27-30, 1981).