We enable our pupils to understand the world they inhabit better through critical engagement with text and language based on German culture. This course has at its core the aim of helping the student to examine the often-ambiguous nature of the use of language in text and to become aware of how context is involved in shaping meaning. The study of high-quality texts from German-speaking countries constitutes an essential component of the course.

A wide range of texts and resources are used so that students learn to:

Although there is no listening examination as such, students will have the opportunity to listen to a range of material which will be used as a stimulus for oral expression and, when appropriate, written communication. The course is conducted almost entirely in German and students are expected to use the target language as much as possible in the classroom.

The presentation, explanation and review of grammatical structures and vocabulary are integrated into the course so that students reach a high level of competence in speaking and writing. At Higher level it is essential that students acquire a wide range of vocabulary and develop an idiomatic style.

All texts are studied for both language learning and cultural awareness. Students are given many opportunities to acquire extensive knowledge of German-speaking countries and are encouraged to refer to it in their final examinations.

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Term 1a Term 1b Term 2a Term 2b Term 3a Term 3b
Year 10 Who am I?: relationships; when I was younger; what my friends and family are like; what makes a good friend; interests; socialising with friends and family; role models Cultural life: celebrations and festivals; reading; music; sport; film and television. Free time in Germany What school is like: school types; school day; subjects; rules and pressures; celebrating success ? School activities: school trips, events and exchanges
Schools in Germany
Future aspirations - Using languages beyond the classroom: travel; employment
Ambitions: further study; volunteering; training
Work: jobs, careers and professions
Daily life: customs and everyday life; food and drink; shopping; social media and technology Entertainment and Media Film Study:
Assessment Listening
Year 10 exams full set
Cultural and Co-curricular links Lore / What a man
Das Wunder von Bern (PG)
English Literature
Die Welle A coffee in Berlin
Business / Working life certificate
Social media - English language Run Lola Run!
Graphic communication
Year 11 Holidays: preferences, experiences and destinations
Travel and tourist transactions: travel and accommodation; problems; directions; eating out; shopping
Town, region and country: weather; places to see; things to do.
House and home
Geography and History of Germany
Environmental issues: being ‘green’; access to natural resources Fit and healthy: Sports, exercise, illness, advice. Revision
Speaking assessment: 10 - 12 minutes
Exam preparation
Assessment Speaking
Mock Exams - Full Set Reading
External examinations
Cultural and Co-curricular links Geography Goodbye Lenin
Geography Barfuss

Year 12/13 IB

Term 1a Term 1b Term 2a Term 2b Term 3a Term 3b
Year 12 Social Relationships (celebrations, social and Religious events, educational system, environment, language and cultural identity, or self-identity, multilingualism, relationships (friendship, work,family) Customs And Traditions (celebrations, Social and Religious events, dress codes, uniforms, etiquette and protocols, fashion, food, historical events, national costumes, the arts Health (Diet and Nutrition, physical exercise) Leisure (entertainment, exhibitions and shows, games, hobbies, recreation, social interaction through leisure, sports, travelling)
HL Works of Literature
Thomas Brussig: Am kürzeren Ende der Sonnenallee (Fischer) or Gudrun Pausewang: Die Wolke (Ravensburger)
Assessment No internal assessment. Practice internal assessments only (individual oral, interactive oral, written assignment)
Year 13 Communication and media (internet, mail, press, radio and television, telephone) Global issues (drugs, energy reserves, food and water, global warming, climate change, natural disasters, globalization, international economy, poverty and famine, racism, prejudice, discrimination, the environment and sustainability) Science and technology (entertainment, ethics and technology, impact of information technology on society Leisure (entertainment, exhibitions and shows, games, hobbies, recreation, social interaction through leisure, sports, travelling) EXAMS
HL Work of Literature: Friedrich Dürrenmatt: Der Besuch der alten Dame (Diogenes)
Assessment Internal Assessment (1 x individual oral, 3 x interactive oral) and 1 x Written Assignment all completed in Year 2