BC Ministry of Education
Second Language Curriculum
Framework & Curriculum
The Ministry of Education began redesigning all curricula in the fall of 2014. British Columbia’s redesigned curriculum honours the ways in which students think, learn, and grow, and prepares them for a successful lifetime of learning where ongoing change is constant.
This model was also adapted by all the Second Language Curricula including German 5-12 combining it with the Common European Framework of Reference of Languages (CERF).
Common European Language Framework
The Common European Framework of Reference of Languages organises language proficiency in six levels, A1 to C2, which can be regrouped into three broad levels: Basic User, Independent User and Proficient User.
The six reference language levels are widely accepted as the global standard for grading an individual’s language proficiency.
German Basic User
Understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases.
You can talk about basic topics and express your needs - like when you’re shopping.
German Independent User
When traveling in Germany, you can easily deal with most situations you encounter. You can talk about your experiences and clearly state your point of view.
German Proficient User
You don’t have to search for words and you can speak German comfortably and flexibly in any situation. You understand long, challenging texts.
You understand everything you read and hear and can communicate spontaneously and fluently, conveying detailed information.
German Secondary Curriculum in BC
The new second language curriculum incorporates Thinking and Communicating and Personal and Social Awareness into the curricular competencies. Additionally, cultural creative works, customs, traditions, and celebrations are also included into the content of the curriculum to better represent the needs of the second language.
German Introductory 11 has been developed to offer an opportunity for students who did not begin German in the elementary grades to enter German at the secondary level. German Introductory 11 is an intensive course, designed to cover essential learning standards from Grades 5 to 10 in an accelerated time frame in order to prepare students for German 11.
Framework for German as a Foreign Language
The teaching of “German as a Foreign Language” at German schools abroad and at schools that lead to the exams for the German Language Diploma of the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs has a basis: the framework plan for “German as a Foreign Language”.
A commission of experts headed by Prof. Dr. Karl-Richard Bausch worked intensively to develop this framework plan, which is initially presented with the aim of a systematic two-year practical school test and evaluation.