Each year Big Walnut High School second-, third-, and fourth-level German language students join nearly 24,000 other students from across the nation when they take the National German Exam (NGE).
The NGE is administered locally, but under the umbrella of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG). The NGE, now in its 56th year, provides individual diagnostic feedback, rewards students through an extensive prize program, and creates a sense of accomplishment.
Big Walnut High School German language teacher Frau Georgia Craig said the exam’s results provide a means of comparing students in all regions of the country; and are among the criteria used in selecting the recipients of chapter awards and the national AATG/PAD Study Trip Awards, a four-week study trip in Germany.
“This is a national achievement test that evaluates students listening and viewing comprehension, as well as their reading comprehension,” Frau Craig said. “Students are listening to and viewing authentic sources like actual weather forecasts, interviews, and conversations. In addition they are reading authentic documents such as grade cards, menus and advertisements and magazine articles.”
Frau Craig said the word authentic in world language means that the material use was designed or written by native speakers for native speakers, not for students learning German, evaluating the student’s real-life skills in German.
“The students were able to take the test using Chrome books and headphones,” Frau Craig said. “This is the fourth year for this new on-line format, allowing students to be immersed in more authentically accurate situations. In addition, I get feedback on their individual strengths and weaknesses in their listening, viewing, and reading comprehension. This information helps to inform some of my future instruction and activities.”
“I’m very proud of this year’s student’s level of achievement; it’s a result of their hard work,” Frau Craig said. “Many schools only have their very top students participate in this program. At Big Walnut, all our students in level II, level III Honors and in AP German participate in the National German Achievement Exam.”
Frau Craig said the Big Walnut High School German language program has been recognized for the last 24 years for student’s high scores in the AATG NGE Test.
The American Association of Teachers of German National German Exam Gold, Silver, and Bronze Award winners are:
Gold Award: Gisela Cryan, Natasha Pascal, Flora Hart, Reinhart Anderson, Regina Goodrich, Fritz Pryor, Katja Germann. Silver Award: Maria Sena, Sven Marvin, Natasha Rocket, Laura Schnipke, Daniel Smith, Niko Amato, Klaus Crenshaw, Kurt Kintz. Bronze Award: Emil Charles, Hans Drake, Basti Hoppe, Luther McFarling, Roland Wappenstein, Nina Cummins, Edgar George, Gregor Houser, Günther Iezzi, Luther Ferriman, Reimond Williams, Heinz Krist.
The seven students who received a Gold Award are now eligible to apply for a scholarship to study abroad.
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093.