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Comprehensive Final Examination – Level C1/C2 – German Language

Comprehensive final examination verifies the candidate’s practical and theoretical language skills and his knowledge about political, economic, social and cultural issues of the language area and Slovakia. The candidate also presents whether he can use the language actively in written and spoken form.

This means, the preparation to the comprehensive final examination demands longer and more precise study in all language skills. As for the level of difficulty, the comprehensive final examination is not the highest language level, whilst besides of using the language on this level, the candidate is also required to present his knowledge about German speaking countries task and literature in terms of the syllabus.

The level of difficulty and qualification of the examination is on the same level as the final language examinations at pedagogical or art faculties.

The comprehensive final examination consists of two parts - written and oral.
The candidate who does not succeed in the written part is not allowed to take the oral part.

The written exam consists of four parts:
Interpretation: the examiner reads a text first in a slower way, then in a normal speed. The Candidates concentrate on the contents of the text and write notes during the second reading. Dictionaries are not allowed in this part of the exam.
Reading comprehension: the candidates read a text and elaborate the accompanied exercises. Dictionaries are not allowed in this part of the exam.
Translation to German: the candidates are usually required to translate an article from a newspaper, magazine or an extract from modern fiction in extent of about a hundred words and they present ability to translate on the appropriate level. Dictionaries are allowed in this part of the exam.
Essay writing: the candidates choose a topic from three suggested topics and elaborate it in the extent of at least two pages of a foolscap (A4 ). Dictionaries are allowed in this part of the exam.

It is recommended to bring good quality dictionaries.

Preparation for the written part of the comprehensive final examination:
It is recommended to practice translation, reproduction of newspaper articles and other texts. As for the translation, it is important to emphasize on correct translation, that means not word for word, using appropriate phraseology, preposition constructions idioms and respect different structures. Besides of grammar methodologies it is also advisable to study the course books to revise grammar.

The oral exam also consists of four parts.
Cutting:during the preparation ( the full time is 15 to 20 minutes ) the candidate reads the text silently. Then the content of the text is analyzed in a form of free interpretation, or in case, a short discussion is opened to the topic of the extract. It is usually a shorter text or an extract from press or a text from literature. If there is a unique structure or a grammar phenomenon the candidate can be required to explain it being allowed to use his mother tongue, though it is appreciated to be explained in the target language. The candidate can also be required to describe a picture.
Conversational topic: the candidate presents his knowledge of vocabulary. The syllabus of the topics is listed in the appendix.
German speaking contries sylabus: the topics are also listed in the appendix. The candidate presents his knowledge of geographical, economic, cultural and political issues of German speaking countries comparing them to Slovakia. The conversational topics and German speaking countries tasks are drawn by the candidates
Literature: applying for the examination, the candidate names works of at least five authors which he reads in original. The candidate presents his knowledge of the target language literature and its historical background.

The candidate can acquire the necessary knowledge about these facts from publications issued here or abroad.

The candidate should also be well informed about contemporary world affairs. It is recommended to follow daily press, magazines and news programs (TV or radio) in the target language to acquire knowledge of modern expressions and phrases used in common life.

System of Assessment:
a) small mistake: 1 bad point
b) big mistake: 4 bad points

big mistake:
-in grammar – a lack of knowledge of grammar rules
-in lexicology – changes or shades the meaning of the word
-in phraseology and stylistics interferes with the written expression
-basic spelling mistake

small mistake:
- the cases not named above

Grading:
4 grade classification: Excellent, Very good, Good and Unsatisfactory

a) Dictation:
Excellent: 1-4 bad points
Very good: 5-10 bad points
Good: 11-15 bad points
Unsatisfactory: more than 15 bad points

b) Translation and Essay:
Excellent: 1-7 bad points
Very good: 8-16 bad points
Good: 17-25 bad points
Unsatisfactory: more than 25 bad points

c) Reading Comprehension:
Excellent: up to 90%
Very good: up to 80%
Good: up to 70%
Unsatisfactory: less than 70%


There is no compulsory literature to study; we can only recommend some authors and their works:

B. Homolková: Reálie německy mluvících zemí
H. Justová: Deutsch - Sprachige Länder
Tatsache über Deutschland
Baumann, Oberle: Deutsche Literatur in Epochen
Keprtová: Materiály ke konverzaci
Kleine Deutschlandkunde / Ein erdkundlicher Überblick
Junker, Fenner: Bürger, Staat und Politik in der Schweiz
J. Koppensteiner: Österreich
E. Ehrgangová: Deutsche Geschichte I., II.
Schumann: Deutsche Mittelstufe neu
H. G. Rötzer: Geschichte der deutschen Literatur
Václav Bok, Dana Pfeiferová, Dana Štetinová: Čítanka německých literárních textů
Hana Justová, Svatava Valešová: Deutsche Literatur fürs Abitur 1, 2
Gerhard Horstmann, Andrea Kaier: Nemecké konverzačné témy pre maturitu - nemecká tlač

Syllabus of German speaking countries topics for the comprehensive final examination – oral part

1. Geographische Lage, Klima, Gebirgszüge, Oberfläche, Flüsse, Fauna und Flora
2. Bodenschätze, Industrie und Landwirtschaft
3. Bevölkerung - soziale Struktur, nationale Minderheiten
4. Staatswesen - Regierung, politische Parteien, Aussenpolitik
5. Schulwesen
6. Sprache - Entwicklung und aktueller Stand
7. Kultur - das gegenwärtige kulturelle Leben. Aus der Geschichte der bildenden Kunst (Malerei und Architektur)
8. Wissenschaftlich - technischer Fortschritt, Erfindungen, Entdeckungen, der Mensch im All, Atomenergie
9. Nationale Besonderheiten - Sitten und Bräuche
10. Hauptrichtungen in der deutschen Literatur - Überblick
11. Gesundheitswesen, Einrichtungen des Gesundheitswesens, Sozialwesen, Fürsorge für Mutter und Kind, Rentner
12. Massenmedien - Presse, Rundfunk, Fernsehen
13. Hauptstädte: Berlin, Wien, Bern
14. Hauptetappen der deutschen Geschichte - Überblick

Syllabus of conversational topics for the comprehensive final examination – oral part

1. Haus und Wohnung, das Leben in der Stadt und auf dem Lande
2. Charaktereigenschaften - Beschreibung eines nahestehenden Menschen
3. Kleidung und Mode
4. Berufe - der Weg zum Beruf, meine Arbeit
5. Reisen und Verkehr
6. Verpflegung, deutsche und slowakische Küche, Speisekarte
7. Touristische Sehenswürdigkeiten in der Slowakei
8. Dienstleistungen, Geschäfte, Einkäufe, Ausleihstationen
9. Unterkunft - Unterkunftsmöglichkeiten im In - und Ausland
10. Wetter, Erde, Natur, Umweltschutz
11. Freizeit und Hobbys
12. Körperkultur und Sport - in Schulen und Gemeinden (Städten)
13. Urlaub und Erholung, Ferien
14. Lebensstandard und Lebensqualität