DaF Test and Confirmation from the Goethe Institute Frankfurt

If you have read my previous post, then you know what we have been waiting for. Yes, after four weeks of no communication whatsoever from the institute, we finally got an official Einladung (invitation) for the German language proficiency exam yesterday.

We had signed up on 28 December and got it finally confirmed yesterday, on 24 January.

As instructed, I read the mail carefully and was advised to notify them of any necessary changes by 24 January, the same day we got the mail.

They did not give much of a deadline, did they. Reminds me a bit of the “Hurry up and Wait” principle, only in reverse order.

DaF Seite 1

DaF Seite 2

Even if I had discovered a mistake in her online registration, it would be too late now to correct it, based on this mail.

On its website, test takers are also advised that if registration and documents did not match, there would be no certificate issued.

In this case, our data was correct, and at this point, I can only say:

Wir wünschen Ihnen, liebes G0ethe Institut, auch viel Erfolg!

Die Elternkommission

 

DaF Test: Registration and Confirmation with the Goethe Institute Frankfurt

If you are looking for confirmation to your DaF proficiency test registration, check your  automatic response carefully. If you see the following words below in your mail, you are in.

Teilnahmebedingungen: akzeptiert

(eligibility requirements: approved)

Over the years, I heard from various sources about this lack of written communication between test applicants and the Goethe Institute in Frankfurt, once registration for the test has been made.

An outdated IT department sends out automatic responses in German, which clearly need an update.

As the test applicants are foreigners, I had wrongly assumed that they had just missed the written confirmation of their registration, or it might have ended up in spam.

Not so, it seems. I signed up my daughter on 28 December for the German proficiency test on 7 Feb. In response, I got a standard reply, listing my given data and asking not to reply to this e-mail.

Hinweis: Diese E-Mail wurde automatisch erstellt. Bitte antworten Sie nicht auf diese E-Mail.

(This is an automatic response. Please do not reply.)

So I contacted the Goethe Institute Frankfurt via private message on its Facebook page four days ago. It seems they have no social media manager, nor page administrator either.

Then I lost more time trying to find a contact e-mail address in regards to the test. No such luck. On the other hand, the contact e-mail address for signing up for a German course is clearly visible though…

I went back to the automatic response, and then I found it. In tiny writing, pressed between lines of data, I found it: Teilnahmebedingungen: akzeptiert

In spite of being German, I had a difficult time working my way through this. The registration confirmation procedure definitely needs improvement and a more customer-friendly service.

For a euro 200 test-taking fee, I expect more service, such as a clear statement of admission and links to important information.

Self study Books for German DaF

Deutsch als Fremdsprache (DaF) Lernkrimis: reading and listening comprehension practice for level A2 – B1.

Each 48-page detective story book comes with an audio CD.

Patrick Reich, a private detective, is busy investigating cases in his hometown Kassel. The story includes regional information, definitions and exercises.

Lextra – Deutsch als Fremdsprache – DaF-Lernkrimis A2/B1: Ein Fall für Patrick Reich: Tödlicher Cocktail: Krimi-Lektüre mit Hörbuch

Lextra – Deutsch als Fremdsprache – DaF-Lernkrimis A2/B1: Ein Fall für Patrick Reich: Tatort: Krankenhaus: Krimi-Lektüre mit Hörbuch

Lextra – Deutsch als Fremdsprache – DaF-Lernkrimis A2/B1: Ein Fall für Patrick Reich: Der Mond war Zeuge: Krimi-Lektüre mit Hörbuch: Lextra – … für Patrick Reich. Krimi-Lektüre mit Hörbuch

Three more titles, Jeder ist käuflich, Liebe bis in den Tod, and  Tod in der Oper, are also available from Amazon.de

Ideal for self study.

What is TELC?

TELC stands for: The European Language Certificate

In my most recent search for an adequate practice test book for the German language proficiency test B2 for one of my students, I found only two books listed as Testbuch (practice test book) versus many more in the category Übungsbuch (workbook) on Amazon.de.

Mit Erfolg zum Goethe-Zertifikat B2. Testbuch
Mit Erfolg zum Zertifikat Deutsch: Mit Erfolg zu telc Deutsch B2, Zertifikat Deutsch Plus, Testbuch

Knowing my student would ask me about the meaning of telc Deutsch B2 (see second book), I used the search engine to locate this acronym’s meaning. After about visiting 10 websites listing the acronym, I noticed that none of them gave a proper definition.

In English class, we had learned to first spell out all the words, then add its acronym in brackets behind it. After that, one could refer to it by only using the shortened version, e.g. The European Language Certificate (TELC)

Anyway, the only website doing it the correct way, was Language Course Finder.

But now I have to wonder weather there is a big difference between the above mentioned books. One is to prepare for the Goethe Zertifikat B2, and the other for …telc Deutsch B2. With the European Framework of Reference for Language Learning and Teaching (CEF), recognizing proficiency levels became easier,  but not material selection.

ZDj

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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