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 been super pleased to see it happen).
So let's get started!
Online German Language Course - Deutsch Interaktiv
Covers Levels A1 and B1 of the Common European Frame of References for Languages.
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)
Buscha, Anne and Szilvia Szita. B Grammatik. Sprachniveau B1-B2. Leipzig: Schubert Verlag, 2011. Highly recommended! Comes with an Answer Booklet and CD for listening comprehension. Available from Amazon (get it from SuperBookDeals; they ship from IL)
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)
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)
Online German Vocabulary Links
Online Vocabulary Tests (200 exercises to build and test your vocabulary -- excellent!)
Culturally Authentic Pictoral Lexicon (developed by Washington & Jefferson College)
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.
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