Advising | Placement
Every participant can take part in a counseling session and write a placement test free of charge. If you have registered for a course directly from your home or any other country, you can take this placement test after you have arrived in Germany. This ensures that you are put into the course that corresponds to your current language level. In addition to regular skill assessment on the basis of final tests and examinations, individual talks with your trainer are the best indication of your learning progress. Your trainer will assess your language level and make recommendations as to how you should best continue your training at the ISK. We don’t leave anything up to chance. Each participant gets the training that meets his or her own specific needs.
Office hours: Mondays and Tuesdays from 3 to 6 pm by appointment.
Skype - Advising
After you have registered for a language course, you can also take our online placement test via Skype free of charge. Using Skype, we test your oral language skills, discuss the results of your written test with you and, if desired, can also register you for the German course we recommend (this is a legally binding agreement).
Important: We offer the Skype "office hours" to learners who cannot come to Germany until the course begins and who have already completed the written placement test on our home page.
Skype - Advising: Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2 to 3 pm by appointment.
Levels A1 to C1 of the „Common European Framework of Reference“ CEFR
Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer clauses, and recognize implicit meaning. Can express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.