Key Stage 3
German in years 7, 8 and 9 is taught for three lessons a week. During the course of year 9, students are given the opportunity to opt for German as a GCSE in years 10 and 11.
Key Stage 4 – GCSE German
German is studied in years 10 and 11 for three periods a week. The GCSE is made up of four skill areas: listening, speaking, reading and writing. The listening and reading exams are both terminal exams sat in the summer of year 11 and each paper is worth 20%. Speaking and writing are completed as controlled assessments during the two year course and each skill is worth 30%.
Key Stage 5 – AS and A2 German
German can be studies at KS5 and followed as a one year course resulting in an AS qualification or for two years resulting in a A2 qualification.
Key Stage 3 Curriculum Information
|Year 7||Year 8||Year 9|
|Myself: information about self. Introducing and describing family members and pets.||Freetime activities||Jobs and Future plans|
|Numbers||An account of a holiday||The Environment|
|School subjects||Food and Drink||School life|
|Hobbies||Activities After School||Healthy lifestyle|
|Holiday plans||Food and Drink||Home life|
|Time and daily routine||Health|
Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) Assessment
|Year 7||Year 8||Year 9|
|Every half term, one of the four skills is tested plus a grammar test.||Every half term, one of the four skills is tested plus a grammar test.||Every half term, one of the four skills is tested plus a grammar test.|
Key Stage 4 Curriculum Information
Course content: Students will study a broad range of topics and subtopics.
- Media and Culture: Music/ Media preferences/ Films and film reviews.
- Health: Hobbies/ Interests/ Sporting events/ Lifestyle choices/ Youth problems.
- Travel and Tourism: Holidays/ Accommodation/ Food and drink/ A disaster.
- School and Future Plans: Work experience/ Part-time jobs/ Plans for the future – jobs/careers
- School Life: Lessons and teachers/ School routine/ Dream school.
- The Environment: Threats to the environment/ Green choices/ Climate changes.
- Myself and Family: Describing self and family/ Problems with friends/ Conflicts/ Lonely hearts.
Key Stage 4 Assessment
The GCSE is made up of four skill areas: listening, speaking, reading and writing. The listening and reading exams are both terminal exams sat in the summer of year 11 and each paper is worth 20%. Speaking and writing are done as controlled assessments during the two year course and each skill is worth 30%. The students will need to write two texts for the written controlled assessments (200-300 words in length) and complete two oral tests (5-8 minutes each).
Key Stage 5 Curriculum Information
Course content: Students will study a broad range of topics and subtopics
|Culture and Society||Immigration|
|Family and Relations||Wider Societal Issues: poverty and wealth/law and order/ science and technology|
Key Stage 5 Assessment
The AS qualification covers the 4 skills of speaking, reading, listening and writing. The examination is sat as a terminal examination in the summer after one year of teaching. The assessment is split into Unit 1 and unit 2. Unit 1 is the listening, reading and writing paper and Unit 2 the speaking assessment.
The A2 qualification covers the 4 skills of speaking, reading, listening and writing. The examination is sat as a terminal examination in the summer. The assessment is split into unit 3 and unit 4. Unit 3 is the listening, reading and writing paper and Unit 4 the speaking assessment.
Language learning especially appeals to people who enjoy logical thinking and pattern spotting: if you are good at maths or music, then you are probably a great linguist.
A good understanding of basic grammar in English (or another language) is essential to language learning. Most importantly, you must want to communicate with others and have an interest in other cultures.
Use of the Qualification
Speaking German will enable you to communicate with over 229 million people worldwide: German is the official language in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg. German is the second most popular language to learn in the EU and ranks among the top 10 most frequently spoken languages in the world. It plays an important role as a foreign language in many countries, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe. Almost 20 million people learn German worldwide.
German as a Career Enhancer
In Europe the first language of business is German. Think Siemens, BMW, PUMA, Mercedes-Benz, Adidas, Volkswagen, Hugo Boss, Audi. Germany has the largest economy in the European Union and the third largest in the world. It is the world’s leading exporter and importer.
Knowledge of German improves your chances of employment. German companies abroad and foreign companies in Germany seek experts with knowledge of German. Staff in international companies also enjoy an advantage if they know German. In the European Union there are interesting training, study and employment opportunities for specialists with this knowledge.
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