Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,
es ist an die Zeit.
It's time to learn about the CEFR, or the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. You can also call this the European language standards, if you like. In this series you'll learn what the CEFR standards are, how it applies to lessons and classes here at GermanWithNicole, what to expect in each level, and how to determine your CEFR level. The series will run like this:
1. Today's post: First Things First (see more below).
2. Introduction Post: all about the standards
3. - 8. One post describing each of the 6 levels.
9. A summary post.
There will be a tag on each of these posts and it's called "CEFR." If you click on this tag (the orange button at the bottom of this page) you'll be able to see all the blog posts which refer to the CEFR.
First Things First
Some of the most important information I can give you is this (and I really want you to sit with this for a few days before we jump into the series):
The CEFR and language classes which are taught on the basis of the CEFR
are probably TOTALLY DIFFERENT than how you learned in school.
I've used the CEFR since I started teaching English as a Foreign Language in 2004 and I've continued to use these standards since I began teaching German as a Foreign Language in 2010. It's the only way I teach.
What you'll read in this post is not just information about the CEFR, but about the CEFR and how I use it in lessons, classes, and even Buchgemeinschaft (Book Club).