Head of Department: Mr N Saxton (Director of Languages) - firstname.lastname@example.org
German is an important language in modern times, not least because:
- The German economy ranks number one in Europe and number four worldwide. Its economy is comparable to that of all the world’s Spanish-speaking countries combined.
- Germany is home to numerous international corporations, are world leaders in engineering and is the world’s second-largest exporter.
- German has the largest number of native speakers in the European Union (far more than English, Spanish, or French).
- German and English are very similar, many English words came from German.
- German is the language of some of the greatest minds: Goethe, Marx, Nietzsche, and Kafka, of Mann, Brecht, and Grass. Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, and Schubert, Brahms, Schumann, Wagner, Mahler, and Schoenberg all spoke and wrote German, as did Freud, Weber, Einstein, and Heisenberg, Kant, Hegel, and Heidegger.
- German is the second most commonly used scientific language in the world.
- 18% of the world’s books are published in German and relatively few of these ever appear in English translation.
The syllabus focuses on developing the four skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing.
Listening: skills of listening for gist and information in German.
Speaking: confidence to give information about particular topics in German for different purposes and audiences.
Reading: skills of reading for gist and extracting information from German texts.
Writing: confidence to write creatively an in-depth about certain topics in German.
Year 11 Course Title: GCSE (9-1) German
Exam Board & Code: Edexcel 1GN0 Full GCSE Course Specification (PDF)
Listening: Written Examination – 25%
Speaking: Oral Assessment – 25%
Reading: Written Examination – 25%
Writing: Written Examination – 25%
GCSE Course Study Breakdown (Key Stage 4)
Year 9 - Students follow the Stimmt 3 course book
(i) Parts of the body, role models and revision of the perfect tense
Jobs and future plans and ambitions
(i) The imperfect tense
(ii) Rights and Responsibilities
Year 10 - Students follow the Edexcel GCSE Stimmt Corse Book
(i) School, School day, school rules, the German school system and school trips
(ii) Revision of the present, perfect, imperfect and future tenses. Modal and separable verbs
(iii) Free time and leisure activities, music, film and TV, sport, celebrations and festivals
Friendship and family relationships, weekend activities and role models
House and home, food and drink, going on an exchange, daily routine, a typical German meal and technology
(i) Daily routine, a typical German meal and technology
(ii) Transport and booking hotels, buying train tickets, accommodation, directions, ordering in a restaurant, shopping for souvenirs and describing problems
(iii) Holidays and weather, advantages and disadvantages of different areas
(i) Jobs and work, job applications, ideal jobs and the role of languages
(ii) Festivals and events, the environment, international and local campaigns and the passive voice
Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)
Introductions, numbers, age and birthday, different countries and languages, family and pets
School – classroom objects & school items, school subjects, telling the time, the school day, free time, the present tense
Free time activities, weather, house and home
Food and meals, buying snacks and food, quantities, healthy eating, town and local area, directions, modal verbs
Clothes & fashion, shopping for clothes, the future tense
Holidays, the perfect tense, Using the three tenses together