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DSD2 Examinations 2023

News from the German as a Foreign Language (DaF) Department


In November and December, the German European School Manila conducted the annual examinations for the German Language Diploma 2 (DSD2), with a total of 16 students from Grades 11 and 12 in the international and German sections participating. These exams consistently present a unique challenge for the candidates.


The German Language Diploma (DSD) by the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (KMK) is the only school-based program for German as a foreign language abroad in the Federal Republic of Germany. The DSD2 examination assesses students at the B2/C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.


The tension was understandably high for the candidates, as this examination signifies the attainment of the C1 language level, enabling our graduates to study at a German university.


The oral DSD2 examinations on December 7 were characterized by their diversity and passion. Students presented extremely controversial topics, ranging from the ethics of eating rabbits and tuition fees in Germany to age limits on alcohol consumption, the use of ChatGPT in schools, abortion laws, nuclear power, and even a presentation on the state of Deutsche Bahn (DB) that was 'punctually' delivered 😊.


There were many engaging discussions, and the students impressively demonstrated their ability to present very complex topics in German and defend their positions. Respect! You did really well!


Our thanks also go to the examination board: Mrs. Demet Üngör, Mrs. Ute Massow, Mrs. Stephanie Steinberg, Mr. Decker, Mr. Schrievers, and our examination and DaF coordinator Mr. Schlieske! Thank you all for the excellent work!


Now, we await the results with anticipation. In the meantime, we wish everyone a wonderful holiday, a Merry Christmas, and a successful 2024!


Best regards,

The DaF Department Team




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