German is an important European language and is spoken by over 100 million people. It is one of the most in-demand languages for employers and is a well recognized qualification whether at GCSE, A Level or at degree level. Whilst students learn the language by dealing with everyday topics it is the skills that are learnt which are most important: thinking skills, text-sorting, transfer of information to a different context, working out the meaning of words from context. German trains the mind to think logically which helps in careers such as computer programming. A good deal of Science uses German as its base language. Germany is the powerhouse of Europe and much of our business is conducted there. If you want to get ahead in the world of business then a second language- and German in particular- is a very useful qualification indeed.
Course Leader: Mr Blagona
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Examination Board: Edexcel
Assessment: 25% Listening, 25% Speaking, 25% Reading and 25% Writing
What does the course involve?
Learning languages allows you to:
- Meet people from different countries and find out more about them
- Learn many skills which are useful in a wide range of careers, such as the ability to communicate clearly, be confident about speaking in public, use problem solving strategies and write coherently
- Add an international dimension to your choice of GCSE subjects, which is something many employers and higher education providers want
- Have greater opportunities to work and/or study abroad, or work for companies in the UK with international links
- Discuss your interests, ideas and opinions with other people who speak the language
- Learn more about countries where the language is spoken, and the people who speak it.
Differences from Year 9
You already know a lot of the vocabulary and grammar you’ll need for GCSE: you know how to talk about yourself, your family and friends, your hobbies, where you live and school. You‘ll build on this knowledge during your GCSE course, and move on to new topics.
The ability to listen to, understand and speak German in a range of contexts and for a variety of purposes; develop language learning and communication skills which can be applied broadly; develop an interest in and a knowledge of the culture of countries and communities where German is spoken. You will also practise translation skills, which will prepare you for a smooth transition into AS and A Level.
You will develop all these skills while covering the following topics:
- Identity and culture – Who am I?, Daily life, Cultural life.
- Local area, holiday and travel – Holidays, Travel and tourist transactions, Town, region and country.
- School – What school is like, School activities.
- Future aspirations, study and work – Using languages beyond the classroom, Ambitions, Work.
- International and global dimension – Bringing the world together, Environmental issues.