Das richtige Niveau finden...

Für erfolgreiches Lernen ist es unabdingbar, einen Kurs auf dem passenden Niveau zu finden: ist man im Kurs überfordert, führt das nur zu Frustration – ist man unterfordert, wird es langweilig und bringt keinen Erfolg.

Am Sprachenzentrum verwenden wir den Gemeinsamen Europäischen Referenzrahmen für Sprachen (GER), um Lernende auf ihrem Sprachniveau optimal zu fördern.

Die Niveaustufen im Gemeinsamen Europäischen Referenzrahmen

Dieses System besteht aus den folgenden 6 Stufen:

A: Elementare Sprachverwendung

  • A1 – Null-Anfänger (ganz ohne Vorkenntnisse und Lernerfahrung)
  • A2 – Bewältigt einfache, routinemäßige Situationen

B: Selbstständige Sprachverwendung

  • B1 – Bewältigt vertraute allgemeine Situationen in Standardsprache
  • B2 – Bewältigt spontan und fließend auch fachbezogene Situationen

C: Kompetente Sprachverwendung

  • C1 – Verwendet die Sprache flexibel und angemessen
  • C2 – Verwendet die Sprache flexibel und angemessen – mühelos und nuancenreich

Basiert auf https://www.europaeischer-referenzrahmen.de/

Gehen Sie bitte wie folgt vor, um Ihr Niveau zu bestimmen:

Schritt 1:

Wenn Sie schon eine ungefähre Vorstellung von Ihrem Niveau haben, dann gehen Sie bitte direkt zu Schritt 2.

Wenn Sie noch gar keine Vorstellung haben, dann machen Sie bitte den Cambridge Test (25 Fragen, maximal 10min).

Schritt 2

Um diese erste Niveaubestimmung zu validieren, probieren Sie die untenstehenden reading, speaking und listening tasks zu Ihrer Niveaustufe aus. (kommen im Laufe des 30.Januar)

Diese Aufgaben sollten eine leichte Herausforderung für Sie darstellen.

  • Sie haben das passende Niveau gefunden, wenn Sie die aktuellen Aufgaben spontan und relativ flüssig lösen können. Das bedeutet z.B., dass Sie viele Vokabeln verstehen, aber nicht alle. Oder dass Sie die wichtigsten Aussagen relativ schnell erfassen, aber die Nuancen mehr Zeit und Anstrengung erfordern würden.
  • Wenn Ihnen die Erledigung der aktuellen Aufgaben schwerfällt, dann versuchen Sie die Aufgaben auf einer Stufe darunter.
  • Sind die aktuellen Aufgaben leicht für Sie, dann probieren Sie die Aufgaben auf der nächsthöheren Niveaustufe aus.

Für eine Beratung stehen wir Ihnen natürlich auch gern zur Verfügung. Bitte kontaktieren Sie uns unter bedienstetenkurse@szsb.uni-saarland.de


A2 – Bewältigt einfache, routinemäßige Situationen

A2: Reading task


Choosing a conference venue

  1. The International Centre

Whether you are looking for a conference venue or a place to have your meetings and your training days, the International Centre is the perfect modern space for your event.

Offering free Wi-Fi, secure parking and all-day refreshments, the International Centre has 120 meeting rooms and a theatre for up to 1,000 people.

Conveniently located in the city centre, the International Centre is close to the shops and only a ten-minute walk to the train station.

  1. The Grand West

The Grand West is a country house surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful scenery, only a 30-minute drive from the airport.

With 76 hotel rooms, 12 meeting rooms and a conference room that takes up to 200 people, the Grand West offers free Wi-Fi and a whiteboard in every room.

You can also make use of the gardens of the Grand West for team-building events and outdoor activities. Our indoor swimming pool, gym and 18-hole golf course will ensure that your event is relaxing and enjoyable for everyone.


True or false?

  1. If you need a large conference venue for about 600 people, you should book the International Centre.
  2. If you want to go shopping after your meetings, you should book the Grand West.
  3. Only the International Centre offers free Wi-Fi.
  4. If you go to a conference at the International Centre, you can have food and drink any time during the day.
  5. You can have fun playing golf if you go to an event at the Grand West.
  6. You have to walk for 30 minutes if you want to go from the Grand West to the airport.



A2: Speaking task


Can you . . .

  • Can you introduce yourself?

  • Can you schedule a short meeting with somebody (find a time and place)?

  • Can you ask for directions to a building on campus?

A2: Listening task


To listen to the text, click here.


True or false?

  1. The briefing will be short this morning.
  2. The new head of department is starting this week.
  3. The car park will be closed for improvements.
  4. If you arrive first thing in the morning, you should park on Brown Street.
  5. There will be no parking in the church car park after 6 p.m.
  6. You can only pay with credit and debit cards in the canteen.



B1 – Bewältigt vertraute allgemeine Situationen in Standardsprache

B1: Reading task


A conference programme

Morning programme


Conference opening
Dr Jon Martinez


Management styles
with Helena Clark

Consider the different management styles and how you can adapt yours to suit your team.

Giving feedback
with Amelia Novak

Explore the different ways to give feedback to maximise development.

Managing change
with Akira Yoshida

Help your employees deal with change and to see the positives change can bring.


Coffee break


Using storytelling in leadership communication
with Antoine Martin

Sometimes, the best way to communicate with your team is by telling stories. Find out how to do this in this workshop.

Leading small businesses
with Cheng Wei

How is leading small businesses different and how can leaders of small businesses bring success to their team?

Leading in uncertain times
with Omar Abboud

Uncertainty can affect the success of your team. Learn to bring confidence to your team in a time of uncertainty.

Afternoon programme




Managing international projects
with Alisa Petrov

Consider how to ensure successful intercultural communication in your international teams.

Developing creative thinking in your team
with Mariana Silva

How can you get your team to think more creatively? Explore the different ideas that can help your team see things in a new way.

Conflict management
with Tracy Edwards

Conflict can create problems in your team, but managing conflict well can bring about development. Learn how to manage conflict in this workshop.


Group discussions


Conference closing
Dr Grace Moloney



True or false?

  1. Helena Clark thinks that we should know our own management style and not change it.
  2. Amelia Novak believes that we should give feedback to help our employees get better at what they do.
  3. Akira Yoshida will focus on the problems with change.
  4. Cheng Wei believes that leading small businesses is different from leading big ones.
  5. Omar Abboud thinks that when your team doesn't feel sure about the things happening around them, it can cause problems.
  6. Tracy Edwards believes that conflict is bad and you should not let it happen in your team.



B1: Speaking task


Can you . . .

  • Can you discuss your work and hobbies with a friend?

  • Can you describe your favorite movie to a stranger? Why do you like it?

  • Can you explain what you saw on the news this week?

B1: Listening task


To listen to the text, click here.


Complete the sentences with the words provided:

  1. Most people think Mars can ________________ human life.
  2. We measure distances in space using _________ units.
  3. The two planets aren't the _________ colour.
  4. Most of the water on Mars is probably _________.
  5. The air on Earth is mostly made up of _________.
  6. _________ on Mars is just over one third as strong as on Earth.
Word Bank:

Gravity, same, frozen, nitrogen, support, astronomical




B2 – Bewältigt spontan und fließend auch fachbezogene Situationen

B2: Reading task


Millennials in the workplace


Millennials (those born between the early 1980s and the early 1990s) make up a huge part of our workforce but they seem to lack loyalty to the companies and the leaders they work for. Multinational companies are noticing larger turnover rates of millennials as employee retention rates fall. This report looks at the findings of two large-scale surveys on the mindset of the millennial generation and explores how organisations can strive to address these needs, increase employee engagement and encourage retention.


In a global survey conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), more than 40,000 millennial (born between 1983 and 1993) and non-millennial responses were collected on the topics of workplace culture, communication and working styles, pay structure, career development, work–life balance, etc.

In a separate global survey conducted by Deloitte, more than 10,000 millennials participated in a study about their perceptions of the threats and opportunities in the complex world of work.

Key findings

  • Millennials are as committed to their work as their more senior colleagues.
  • Millennials value interesting work and a good work–life balance. They do not believe that excessive work demands are worth sacrifices in their personal lives.
  • Millennials want flexibility in their working hours and are willing to give up pay increases and promotions for a flexible working schedule. They believe that success should be measured by productivity and not by the number of hours they are seen in an office.
  • Millennials want to feel supported and appreciated by their company and their superiors.
  • Millennials want more opportunities to develop their skills. These include technological skills, teamwork and interpersonal skills.
  • Millennials believe that businesses and business leaders should contribute to the improvement of society and they are more likely to be loyal to a company with strong ethics.


Organisations and managers wanting to retain millennials should consider:

  • monitoring their workload and satisfaction levels with their work–life balance
  • creating a flexible work culture where employees have more control over their working hours and their work location
  • providing meaningful work and interesting opportunities
  • offering help and support in continuing professional development
  • changing the organisation's goals from being mainly about profit-making to motives that address social concerns and solve wider societal problems.


1. This report is based on the findings of how many surveys?

2. True or false?

  1. This report is based on surveys that only questioned people born between 1983 and 1994.
  2. The surveys were conducted in several different countries.
  3. Millennials are less loyal to their companies than non-millennials.
  4. Millennials believe that their technological skills are sufficiently advanced.
  5. Managers should be aware of how happy their staff are with the amount of work they have been given.
  6. Managers should worry about their own work–life balance and not concern themselves with problems in society.



B2: Speaking task


Can you . . .

  • Can you express your viewpoint and discuss a complex topic with peers with little difficulty?

  • Can you describe the tasks you complete or the research you are doing at your job in detail?

  • Can you explain an argument in a different way if the person you are talking to does not understand your first explanation?

B2: Listening task


To listen to the text, click here.


Complete the sentences with one to three words and/or numbers.

  1. When pitch is at room temperature, you can break it _________________.
  2. Professor Parnell put pitch into a glass funnel, let it cool, then turned it ________________ and cut off the top.
  3. In total, only _________________________ have fallen from the funnel.
  4. The next pitch drop is expected to fall in ____________________.
  5. In 1988, the scientist responsible for the experiment missed seeing the pitch drop by _____________________.
  6. The speaker notes it's interesting how news about a slow experiment can spread ____________________.