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Title :Neue Sprachprüfungen für Einbürgerungsbewerber in Deutschland
Title alternative :New Language Tests for Applicants for German Citizenship
Authors :Till, Weber
Issue Date :31-Oct-2000
Abstract :In recent years the number of foreigners who are granted German citizenship has increased immensely from 34,913 in 1983 to 278,662 in 1997. Applicants have to submit certificates proving their knowledge of the German language. Many first-generation immigrants do not have such documents and are therefore required to take an official language test. Germany's federal structure has led to the emergence of language tests and procedures that differ from state to state. This paper compares the tests of Bavaria, a partly rural state which is considered more conservative, to that of the State of Berlin, the open-minded capital of the country. It becomes apparent that both tests are based on different interpretations of federal Standards and of the "Zertifikat Deutsch" (ZD), the influental basic international test of German language ability. The results of a mock round of tests involving some fourth-year German Studies major students of the University of the Ryukyus show how vastly the Bavarian and the Berlin tests differ. Apparently it is easier (or harder) to become a German citizen depending on which state jurisdiction conducts the language test.
Type Local :紀要論文
ISSN :0919-4215
Publisher :琉球大学法文学部国際言語文化学科欧米系
URI :http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12000/418
Citation :言語文化研究紀要 : Scripsimus no.9 p.1 -12
Appears in Collections:No.9 (2000/10)

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