The course we follow is designed for complete beginners in the language. Pupils are taught the key skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing through carefully structured activities, which include language-learning games, video and ICT as well as more traditional textbook-based exercises.
Topics studied in Year 8 include:
- you and your family
- your house and home life
- school life & your home town
- your free time.
Pupils are encouraged to buy a German to English bilingual dictionary for their own use.
Pupils continue to develop the four key language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in German, focusing on the topic areas of:
- food and drink
- holidays and travel.
They will work to achieve a FCSE qualification (National Curriculum levels 4-6) and will gain a sound foundation of skills, vocabulary and grammar to enable them to embark with confidence on the Key Stage 4 course to GCSE German.
Pupils are encouraged to learn independently throughout. There will be vocabulary to learn on a regular basis. Other homework tasks include reading and writing tasks as well as research and ICT activities.
Pupils’ work will be assessed using a combination of levels similar to the former National Curriculum and an internal mark scheme which will be explained to the pupils at the start of the year.
Key Stage 4
A qualification in a modern foreign language makes an important contribution to the broad and balanced education which young people of today are expected to have on leaving school and is, in addition, highly valued by employers and universities.
In German we follow the AQA syllabus. Throughout the course pupils develop their linguistic competence in the four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Theme 1: Identity and Culture - me, my family and friends, technology in everyday life, free-time activities, customs and festivals in French-speaking countries/communities
Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest - home, town, neighbourhood and region, social issues, global issues, travel and tourism
Theme 3: Current and future study and employment - my studies, life at school/college, education post-16, jobs, career choices and ambitions
Benefits to Pupils
- Clear, accessible assessments which discriminate effectively.
- Enables pupils of all abilities to develop their German language skills to their full potential, equipping them with the knowledge to communicate in a variety of contexts with confidence.
- Expands pupils’ cultural knowledge whilst developing their language skills.
Scheme of Assessment
Part 1: Listening – 25%
Either Foundation Tier: 35 minutes or Higher Tier: 45 minutes
Part 2: Speaking – 25%
Foundation Tier: 7-9 minutes or Higher Tier: 10-12 minutes
Part 3: Reading – 25%
Foundation Tier: 45 minutes or Higher Tier: 1 hour
Part 4: Writing – 25%
Foundation Tier: 1 hour or Higher Tier: 1 hour 15 minutes
Entry tier must be the same across all four skills.