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ZDj

Friday, September 26th, 2008

ZDj stands for Zertifikat Deutsch für Jugendliche. It is set at the B1 level on the European scale of language learning and is aimed at young people between 12 and 15 years of age who are learning German as a foreign language.

Participants should be able to talk about things that interest them, eg. a television programme, and also be able to go into a shop and buy something without any great difficulty.

The certificate may be useful for teenagers moving permanently to Germany with their parents to be able to gain entry to a German school.

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Fit 1/2

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Fit 1/2, or to give it its full title: Fit in Deutsch 1/2 are two courses and exams set at the A1 and A2 levels respectively.

They are aimed at younger people than the previous DaF courses, and as such they concentrate on situations and subsequently the vocabulary that younger people would need when in Germany.

One problem with such target groups is the time it takes for new textbooks to appear that take account of modern trends.  Modern topics may therefore be covered using handouts rather than textbooks.

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ZDfB

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

ZDfB stands for Zertifikat Deutsch für den Beruf.  It is set at the B2 level on the European scale of language learning and is intended for adult learners.

The vocabulary that is taught is aimed more towards words that would be used in an office or in industry, although at a moderate level.  As such someone with ZDfB could make telephone calls or write correspondence, but it is not the highest level that may be required for more qualified jobs.

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GDS

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

GDS stands for Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom, set at C2+ on the European Scale of language learning.

Students taking the GDS exam should be over 18 and have 1000-1500 hours of tuition behind them.  They will typically have a knowledge of specific vocabulary for particular topics, eg. technical or medical.

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KDS

Friday, September 12th, 2008

KDS stands for Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom which is set at the C2 level on the European scale.

The KDS is standardised and is offered world-wide twice every year and students need about 1000 hours of tuition to prepare for it.

The KDS is recognised internationally as having achieved a certain level of German and can therefore be useful for foreigners coming to work or study in Germany.

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