In year 8: Students will start off learning a few basics to introduce themselves, building up over the year to include further topics such as school, family and friends, free time and leisure activities as well as describing where they live. They will gain knowledge of German grammar and sentence structure building up to delivering extended pieces of work with longer descriptions and expressing opinions, and starting to write in the past tense. Students also have the opportunity to take part in our holiday trip to the beautiful town of Boppard on the Rhine during May half term.
In year 9: We build on previous knowledge and introduce further grammar points to enable the students to express themselves in much more detail, covering the present, past, future and conditional tenses, covering a lot of the main grammar points needed for GCSE. We look at holidays, shopping, after school activities, health, social activities such as dates and parties, and finish the year with a project, creating a film or magazine encompassing the vocabulary, tenses and grammar points learned throughout the year. Throughout the year the students watch Extra, a soap created by Channel 4 written for learners of German.
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At GCSE Level: Students follow the AQA syllabus covering the following themes:
The syllabus is based around the four skills of listening (25%), speaking (25%), reading (25%) and writing (25%). Students are required to complete 4 exams, all at the end of year 11 based on all the topic areas studied within the course.
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At A-level: Students follow the AQA syllabus covering the following themes:
Aspects of German-speaking society: current trends Year 12/13
Artistic culture in the German-speaking World Year 12/13
Multiculturalism in German-speaking society Year 13
Aspects of political life in the German-speaking world Year 13
Students will develop an ability to write fluently and accurately in the foreign language for a range of different purposes and increase an understanding of grammar and how the language fits together and acquire important personal research and study skills through topic and project work. Students will also study a film in year 12 and a book in year 13. They will also undergo an independent research project on a subject or a key question which is of interest to them and which relates to a country or countries where German is spoken. This will be used as a basis for discussion as part of the oral exam, something that the students can research completely independently.
Course Details – Exam Board: AQA
Paper 1 Listening, Reading and Writing 2.5 hours - 50%
Paper 2 Writing 2 hours - 20%
Paper 3 Speaking 21 – 23 minutes - 30%
As well as their timetabled classes students in year 12 and year 13 benefit from 30 minutes each week in a conversation class with our German Language Assistant. Year 12 students are also given the exciting opportunity to take part in our annual Exchange to Munich attending classes and exploring the region.
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