Head of Department: Mr N Saxton (Director of Languages) -

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

Term 1:
(i) Parts of the body, role models and revision of the perfect tense
(ii) Music

Term 2:
Jobs and future plans and ambitions

Term 3:
(i) The imperfect tense
(ii) Rights and Responsibilities

Year 10 - Students follow the Edexcel GCSE Stimmt Corse Book

Term 1:
(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

Term 2:
Friendship and family relationships, weekend activities and role models

Term 3:
House and home, food and drink, going on an exchange, daily routine, a typical German meal and technology

Year 11

Term 1:
(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

Term 2:
(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

Term 3:
Exam preparation

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)

Year 7

Term 1:
Introductions, numbers, age and birthday, different countries and languages, family and pets
Term 2: 
School – classroom objects & school items, school subjects, telling the time, the school day, free time, the present tense
Term 3:
Free time activities, weather, house and home

Year 8

Term 1:
Food and meals, buying snacks and food, quantities, healthy eating, town and local area, directions, modal verbs
Term 2: 
Clothes & fashion, shopping for clothes, the future tense
Term 3:
Holidays, the perfect tense, Using the three tenses together

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