Course Description

There are many handouts and images in the first section that will give you a better idea of what it means to be proficient in a foreign language. With these materials you will be able to prepare and motivate yourself to do your best on your IB German exams.

According to IB:  "Assessment is an integral part of teaching and learning. The most important aims of assessment in the DP are that it should support curricular goals and encourage appropriate student learning. Both external and internal assessments are used in the DP. IB examiners mark work produced for external assessment, while work produced for internal assessment is marked by teachers and externally moderated by the IB."

"The approach to assessment used by IB is criterion-related, not norm-referenced. This approach to assessment judges students’ work by their performance in relation to identified levels of attainment (rubrics), and not in relation to the work of other students."

This TTLG course is primarily focused on the most challenging part of any foreign language: speaking. You will hear many examples of different speaking levels, so that you can self-assess where you are now with your German speaking skill, and understand what it takes to score at a higher level.

Be sure to use the "I can do" checklists to track where you are now with all 5 of your German skill sets. This collection of resources provides you with an effective road map to success with developing better German language skills.

The better you understand how you will be assessed, the better you can prepare. Good luck!

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Know Where You Want To Go & Keep Checking That You're Staying On The Right Road

    • Course Description

    • IB German Assessment Components

    • You Have An Important Role In The Assessment Process

    • Where Are You On The Proficiency Pyramid? Where Do You Want To Be?

    • Speaking Ability, Years Of Study & Careers - Where Are You On This Table?

    • Your "Road Map" To Success (click the plus sign to zoom in)

    • Print This "Can Do" Checklist Packet. Read & Check Off What You Can Do. Update Weekly Or Monthly.

    • Optional Reading: A Comparison Of The ACTFL, ILR (Gov't) & European Proficiency Scales

  • 2

    What Is The Difference Between Novice, Intermediate and Advanced Proficiency Levels?

    • ACTFL Novice Low = IB Score 1

    • ACTFL Novice Mid = IB Score 2

    • ACTFL Novice High = IB Score 3

    • ACTFL Intermediate Low = IB Score 4

    • ACTFL Intermediate Mid = IB Score 5

    • ACTFL Intermediate High = IB Score 6

    • ACTFL Advanced Low = IB Score 7

    • ACTFL Advanced Mid = IB HL 7

    • ACTFL Advanced High = University Level

    • ACTFL Superior = College German Major

  • 3

    English Examples Of The Lowest "Novice" Levels of Speaking

    • Novice English Student Showing Minimal Conversation

    • Novice English Student Doing Isolated Words, Phrases and Listing

    • Novice English Student Producing Memorized Phrases

  • 4

    German Examples Of The Lowest "Novice" Levels of Speaking

    • Novice German Student Difficult To Understand

    • Novice German Student Basically Listing a Couple Of Activities

  • 5

    English Example Of The "Intermediate" Levels of Speaking

    • Intermediate English Student Giving Biographical Information

  • 6

    German Examples Of The "Intermediate" Levels of Speaking

    • "Intermediate" German Student: Offer To Help Neighbor

    • "Intermediate" German Student Discussing His Horoscope Hobby

    • "Intermediate" German Student Discussing Biographical Information

    • "Intermediate" German Student Discussing Her Home Town

  • 7

    English Example Of The "Advanced" Levels of Speaking

    • "Advanced" English Student Explains The Difference Between Universities

  • 8

    German Examples Of The "Advanced" Levels of Speaking

    • "Advanced" German Student Roleplaying a Phone Conversation

    • "Advanced" German Student Explains Why Family Has Moved

  • 9

    German Example Of The "Superior" Level of Speaking

    • "Superior" German Student Gives Opinion About Virtual Travel

  • 10

    ACTFL Speaking Descriptions

    • Novice Level Speaking Descriptors

    • Intermediate Level Speaking Descriptors

    • Advanced & Superior Level Speaking Descriptors

    • Distinguished Level Speaking Descriptors

  • 11

    IB Language B Grade Descriptors

    • Find Your Predicted IB Exam Grade Here

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The owner and creator of the Time To Learn German website is Eva Bogard, Ph.D. She was born in Manhattan (NYC) to a German mother and a German-American father. She earned her bachelor's degree in foreign languages at snowy SUNY-Oswego and completed her graduate studies in Second Language Education and Instructional Technology at sunny USF-Tampa, where she earned her Master's and Doctorate degrees. She has spent several colorful summers in France enjoying the language and culture in Paris, St. Malo and Tours, but is usually found during her long summer breaks on the beach in Florida, or in the mountains of southwest Germany. Professionally, she is very interested in online hybrid education, especially using instructional technology in both her classroom and online courses to teach foreign languages. Eva is an International Baccalaureate teacher, and a Montessori education enthusiast. She has taught German, French and Spanish, as well as, Information Technology and Business Management over the last 30 years.

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