Prüfungskultur_en

 

Leistungsanforderungen_en

 

In order to receive a course completion certificate at the end of a language or intercultural course, the minimum prerequisites are attendance of at least 80 per cent of the course and fulfillment of the course requirements.

Innsbruck University students can print their certificate via LFU:online on Innsbruck University's homepage (https://orawww.uibk.ac.at/public/lfuonline.home). External course participants can either pick up their course completion certificate or certificate of attendance at the isi or ask for it to be sent to their home address. 

A certificate of attendance can be awarded if course attendance was at least 70 per cent. In order to obtain a certificate of attendance it is not necessary to have taken the final exam. The course participant can, however, still sit the final exam if desired.

 

Course requirements for General language courses

By way of a midterm test and a final exam; listening, reading, writing and speaking (in terms of taking part in a discussion) skills will be tested and assessed in isi language courses1. All 4 skills have equal weighting. The candidates will be examined on the specific course content which can be found on the isi homepage (http://www.uibk.ac.at/isi/sprachkurse/) or in Innsbruck University’s course prospectus (http://orawww.uibk.ac.at/public/lfuonline_lv.home).

Midterm test

Pfeil_grün Listening, reading and writing are the receptive and productive skill areas assessed in the midterm test.
Pfeil_grün The midterm test has to be taken in order to sit the final exam.
Pfeil_grün The midterm test can only have a positive influence on the final grade, i.e. if the midterm test grade is worse than the final exam grade, then the grade from the midterm test will not be taken into consideration.
Pfeil_grün The midterm test must be at least two grades better than the final exam in order to increase the final grade by one grade.
Pfeil_grün Every skill area must have at least 60 per cent for the candidate to obtain a positive grade.
Pfeil_grün One skill area may only have 50 per cent if in the other two skill areas more than 60 per cent has been achieved. The total average of all individual skill areas must be at least 60 per cent.

 

Final exam

Pfeil_grün Listening, reading, writing and speaking (in terms of taking part in a discussion) are the receptive and productive skill areas assessed in the final exam.
Pfeil_grün Every skill area must have at least 60 per cent for the candidate to obtain a positive grade.
Pfeil_grün One skill area may only have 50 per cent if in the other three skill areas more than 60 per cent has been reached. The total average of all individual skill areas must be at least 60 per cent.

 

Calculation fo the final grade

Pfeil_grün For the final grade to be positive (very good, good, satisfactory, sufficient) the final exam must be positive.
Pfeil_grün If the midterm test grade is worse than the final exam grade, it will not be taken into consideration.
Pfeil_grün Weighting: final exam 70 per cent and midterm test 30 per cent, i.e. the midterm test must be at least two grades better than the final exam in order to increase the final grade by one grade.

1Course requirements have been adapted for the following courses: Arabic, Chinese, German as a Foreign Language for Erasmus-Incomings and students from Joint Study Programmes, sign language, Japanese, Business English, Presenting in English for Academic Purposes and inter-cultural courses.

Course requirements for Conversation courses

The examination format for conversation classes at Level A2+ is an oral assessment and takes the form of a dialogue (either between course participants and course instructor, between participants, or within small groups). Assessment focuses on productive and oral interaction language skills.

The examination format for conversation courses at Levels B1+, B2 and C1 is an oral assessment and takes the form of a final discussion (between course participants). Assessment focuses on oral language skills and comprehension within the context of verbal interactions.

A prerequisite for obtaining a course completion certificate requires that participants hold a mini-presentation, in addition to participation in the final discussion (final examination). The purpose of the presentation is for participants to receive formative feedback about their performance (feedback is at the core of isi’s broader assessment culture). The presentation grade provides an opportunity for the instructor to give individual feedback concerning performance in specific skill areas. Participants will receive a grade, but this is used for formative purposes and is not included in the final assessment grade. The presentation is based on a (written) text, which will be presented orally. Verbal mediation is assessed during the presentation.

Course Requirements for Writing Courses

In isi writing courses, written production, written interaction and (indirectly) receptive skills are assessed.

The final examination for the writing courses at B2 Level is a written examination using the text formats covered in the course: brief summary and written opinion on a given topic.

A prerequisite for obtaining a course completion certificate requires that participants, in addition to the final examination, also submit a written assignment on a given topic. 

A prerequisite for obtaining a course completion certificate for the writing courses at C1 Level is a written examination using the following texts formats covered in the course: executive summary, summary and written commentary on a given topic.

In addition, the completion of a written seminar paper on a given theme is a prerequisite for participation in the final examination.


Prüfungsmodalitäten_en

The exam modes set out the length and composition of the exams as well as explaining how the final grade is calculated.

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Exam modes

 

Prüfungskultur_en 

Over the last few semesters isi management and teachers have been working on a set of criteria and standards to define examination regulations in isi language courses. The result of this intensive dialogue is nothing less than the agreement of a joint understanding of performance requirements and performance measurements. The submitted guidelines 'isi course requirements' were universally applied in winter semester 2010/11. isi course requirements are, however, to be understood as a work in progress. Intensive dialogue of the central aspects or requirements, evaluation and assessment of course participants' performance will be conducive to the furtherung of the quality standards of isi language courses.

The isi comprehensive language and level criteria, designed by isi teachers, for the evaluation of the skill areas listening, reading, writing and speaking (in terms of taking part in a discussion) were piloted in the isi language courses in winter semester 2010/11 to evaluate the midterm and final exam.


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Exam regulations

Standardized assessment criteria make it possible to compare, assess and relate participants' performance with each other. Transparency of the performance requirements and performance measurement is thus ensured. 'isi course requirements' are to be understood as a feedback culture. Standardized and comprehensive assessment criteria for the individual skill areas allow the teacher to give individual feedback concerning performance in specific skill areas to the course participants. Techers can thus support course participants in their continuing language learning development. The course participants can thus focus on improving skill areas.