German

"Die Grenzen meiner Sprache bedeuten die Grenzen meiner Welt."
"The limits of my language are the limits of my world." - Ludwig Wittgenstein

In an increasingly globalised world, learning German gives students access to the language and culture of three European countries: Germany, Austria and Switzerland. German has the largest number of native speakers in the European Union and is in the top ten most spoken languages in the world. As well as introducing pupils to the language of Einstein, Mozart, Beethoven, Freud and Marx; learning German offers numerous career opportunities, such as engineering, law, business and finance. Germany has the strongest and biggest economy in Europe and the fourth biggest in the world. In lessons, we aim to share our own passion for the German language and culture with our students and encourage them to use the language as much as possible in lessons. In order to provide an authentic language learning experience, we offer our Year 10 and Year 12 students the opportunity to travel to a German speaking country and access the language and culture first hand.

Students have 3 lessons a week

Exam board – AQA http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/german-4665/spec-at-a-glance

There are four main topic areas: Lifestyle, Leisure, Home and Environment and Work and Education.

Students are assessed in the four skills: Listening 20%, Reading 20%, Speaking 30%, Writing 30%

Listening and Reading are formal exams, taken at the end of Year 11. Speaking and Writing are assessed through controlled assessment, which is completed with the class teacher.

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Year 10

Health & fitness
Relationships and Choices

Free time and media
Holidays

Revision 
Home and local area

Year 11

Environment 

Revision for mock exam

School 

Work

Revision

Exams

Outside the classroom

  • Trips are run for GCSE and A Level students. Students gain first-hand experience of the language and culture of a German-speaking country. Past destinations have included: Berlin, Munich, Salzburg and Freiburg. We have also run cross-curricular trips with the French department (to Freiburg, Strasbourg and Basel) and with Humanities (to Berlin and Krakow, including a visit to Auschwitz.) The most recent trip was to Berlin, where students learnt about the culture and history of Germany’s capital and visited Berlin’s various attractions such as Checkpoint Charlie, The TV Tower and The Olympic Stadium. 
  • German Club is held at lunchtimes for all year groups.
  • Enrichment Day, where students take part in curriculum-related activities, enabling them to have different experiences in a variety of contexts. On the last enrichment day, students took part in activities such as watching and discussing a German film and cooking a traditional German recipe: Apfelpfannkuchen (Apple Pancakes).

Progression pathways and careers

Languages can open all sorts of doors for you in your future career, from teaching and interpreting, through to enhancing careers, such as, journalism, the arts, law and the business world. The ability to speak a language offers an exciting range of travel opportunities at school, university and the world of work.

Please also note that Modern Language GCSEs now form part of the recognised English Baccalaureate (EBacc) and a GCSE language is required for entry to some of the best universities, even for non-language courses.

Languages are also useful for careers in travel and tourism, Business, Finance, Media or any other career that involves travel.

Useful links

http://web.aqa.org.uk/qual/newgcses/languages/new/german_overview.php

Kerboodle - www.kerboodle.com

Vocab Express - www.vocabexpress.com

Mfl Sunderland Schools – www.lightbulblanguages.co.uk

Contact

Ms Rebecca Moitra, Head of German Moitra@hendonschool.co.uk

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