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ERIC Number: ED329127
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
"UNICERT," or: Towards the Development of a Unified Language Certificate for German Universities.
Voss, Bernd
The standardization of second language proficiency levels for university students in Germany is discussed. Problems with the current system, in which each university has developed its own program of study and proficiency certification, are examined and a framework for development of a unified language certificate for all universities is outlined. Major features of the proposal include the following: (1) independent language programs taught by professional language teachers, on normal contracts, within university language schools or departments; (2) qualifications at three levels of achievement, equivalent to three successive stages of instruction of about 150 instructional hours each; (3) languages-for-special-purposes options of about 80 instructional hours at the third (highest) level; and (4) certification at levels one and two based on course completion, and certification at level three by separate oral and written examinations. Each of these features is examined in greater detail. The status of the proposal in the process of national acceptance among institutions is noted briefly. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Germany; UNICERT