JYM is an "all in German" program and German is the official language of the program. How can you prepare for JYM?
As part of Orientation, your German language proficiency will be tested acccording to the Common European Frame of References for Languages. Based on the results of this placement exam, you will be assigned to a section of Advanced German Language with students who have obtained a similar level of language proficiency.
You should definitely prepare for the placement exam before you arrive in Munich. Not only because it's always a good idea to prepare for a test, but also because the test format will be different from how you have been tested at your home school.
Most students on JYM will test in at the A2+/B1 level. Your goal should be to obtain Level B2 or beyond while on JYM. (And yes, it can be done! We've studied test results over a six year period and have seen it happen).
So let's get started!
Einstufungstest (free Placement Test) from Deutsche Welle
The first thing you'll want to do is take the placement test to see what level you are at according to the Common European Frame of References for Languages proficiency scale.
Even if you are already taking a German language course this semester, make a plan to do even more. Just 20 minutes a day from the time you are accepted to JYM to the time you arrive in Munich would amount to approx 60 hours of instruction. That's equivalent to an additional whole semester of German!
Very highly recommended if you are in third semester German!
Buscha, Anne and Szilvia Szita. Begegnungen A2+ Integriertes Kurs- und Arbeitsbuch. Leipzig: Schubert Verlag, 2008. Comes with an Answer Booklet and 2 CDs for listening comprehension. Available from Amazon (make sure you select a source that ships from the US to save you time and money). Schubert Verlag also has additional exercises and PDF worksheets online, covering Levels A1 to C2.
Very highly recommended!
Buscha, Anne and Szilvia Szita. B Grammatik. Sprachniveau B1-B2. Leipzig: Schubert Verlag, 2011. Comes with an Answer Booklet and CD for listening comprehension. Available from Amazon (get it from SuperBookDeals; they ship from IL)
German News from Deutsche Welle - read slowly (langsam gesprochene Nachrichten)
Glotz-Kastanis, Jo and Aliki Ernestine, Olympia Balser. Zertifikat B1 neu. 15 Übungsprüfungen. Munich: Hueber Verlag, 2013. (Highly recommended! 15 practice tests at the B1 level, incl. CD for listening tests; answer key can be downloaded from Hueber Verlag website) Available from Amazon (order from SuperBookDeals; they ship from IL)
Online Vocabulary Lessons (45 everyday topics with lots of examples showing how a particular noun or verb is used - you learn a lot just by looking at the examples!)
Online Irregular Verb Lessions (24 exercises; also with lots of examples)
Online Vocabulary Tests (200 exercises - all levels, from super easy to more advanced)
Langenscheidt Grundwortschatz Deutsch (Basic German Vocabulary)
Covers Level A1 to B1. (ISBN 978-3-468-49400-0)
Langenscheidt Grundwortschatz Deutsch: Übungsbuch (Exercise Book)
Covers Level A1 to B1. (ISBN 978-3-468-49419-2)
Forst, Gabriele. Mastering German Vocabulary: A Thematic Approach. New York: Barron's Educational Series, 1995. (ISBN 0-8120-9108-6)
Hachenburger, Petra and Paul Jackson. Topics, Questions, Keywords. A Handbook for Students of German. London: Routledge, 2000. (ISBN 0-415-19405-9)
Götz, Dieter, G. Haensch and H. Wellmann, eds. Langenscheidts Grosswörterbuch. Deutsch als Fremdsprache. Berlin: Langenscheidt, 1994.
De Vries, Louis. German-English Technical and Engineering Dictionary. First published 1950 by McGraw-Hill, inexpensive used copies of the 1965 edition can be found online.
Freeman, Henry G. and Günter Glass, eds. Taschenwörterbuch Technik. Ismaning: Max Hueber Verlag, 2000. Available as Deutsch-Englisch, or Englisch-Deutsch.
Whittle. Ruth. Modern German Grammar: A Practical Guide. Third Edition. Routledge, 2011.
For intermediate to advanced learners, i.e. Level B1 and beyond.
Zojer, Heidi. Modern German Grammar Workbook. Third Edition. Routledge, 2011.
For intermediate to advanced learners, i.e. Level B1 and beyond. (ISBN 978-0-415-56725-1)
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