World Languages

World Languages

All language classes are finishing Year 1 with the final chapters of the academic year.  In May all language students will be participating in Foreign Language Competency Examinations, as prescribed by the People’s Republic of China/Hong Kong/Taiwan, France, Germany  Italy and Spain for each student’s requisite competency level as follows:

Chinese: Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi
French:   DELF (Diploma in French Language Studies) and DALF (Advanced French Language Diploma)
German: Deutschtest and German Academic Exchange Service Test
Italian:  CILS  (Certification of Italian as a Foreign Language) 
Spanish:    Certification of Spanish – International Service of Evaluation of the Spanish Language.
 
Please note that these examinations will evaluate which areas students have the most growth and areas that require further improvement.  The results will dictate how Year II classes are modeled and structured.  We are using the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) competency scale to evaluate our students’ progress. 
 
Council of Europe levels

Description

C2

Mastery

The capacity to deal with material which is academic or cognitively demanding, and to use language to good effect at a level of performance which may in certain respects be more advanced than that of an average native speaker.
Example: CAN scan texts for relevant information, and grasp main topic of text, reading almost as quickly as a native speaker.

C1

Effective Operational Proficiency

The ability to communicate with the emphasis on how well it is done, in terms of appropriacy, sensitivity and the capacity to deal with unfamiliar topics.
Example: CAN deal with hostile questioning confidently. CAN get and hold onto his/her turn to speak.

B2

Vantage

The capacity to achieve most goals and express oneself on a range of topics.
Example: CAN show visitors around and give a detailed description of a place.

B1

Threshold

The ability to express oneself in a limited way in familiar situations and to deal in a general way with nonroutine information.
Example: CAN ask to open an account at a bank, provided that the procedure is straightforward.

A2

Waystage

An ability to deal with simple, straightforward information and begin to express oneself in familiar contexts.
Example: CAN take part in a routine conversation on simple predictable topics.

A1

Breakthrough

A basic ability to communicate and exchange information in a simple way.
Example: CAN ask simple questions about a menu and understand simple answers.