This glossary explains frequently used terms relating to the language/integration nexus and guides you through the apparent complexities of the relevant concepts and terminology.

B1 des GeR (Level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR))

B1 is the third level of the six-level Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) for assessing foreign language skills and also defines the first “Independent User” level of proficiency. At this level, learners have sound basic knowledge of every-day German and have the language skills required for dealing with all kinds of situations encountered in daily life.

There are various examinations at B1 level, including the Goethe-Zertifikat B1: Zertifikat Deutsch (ZD) for adults, with an equivalent for young people (ZDJ), and the German Test for Immigrants (Deutsch-Test für Zuwanderer – DTZ). The latter tests proficiency at both the A2 and B1 levels and is the final examination taken at the end of the integration course.

Assisting learners to attain B1 level proficiency is the goal of the integration courses and a prerequisite for naturalisation, i.e. for acquiring German citizenship.

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