French and German courses are organized according to the “Common European Framework of Reference for Languages”. This guideline aims to provide a method for assessing and teaching that applies to all languages across Europe. Six different levels have been defined and are becoming widely accepted as the European standard for language competences:
A1 and A2 designed for an elementary user,
B1 and B2 designed for the independent user,
C1 and C2 for the experienced user.
The four competencies (written and oral comprehension, written and oral production) are taught but an emphasis is given to speaking the language. At all levels, students will develop knowledge of grammar and vocabulary as well as pronunciation. A variety of resources (such as technology, songs, movie excerpts and literary texts) as well as differentiation strategies are also an important part of the curriculum development in order to engage and motivate students of all levels in the classroom.