Miss T Richardson (Head of Department)
Mrs J Acheson
Miss R Cardwell

Subject Overview

We live in a multilingual world where 94% of the population do not speak English as their first language. German is the mother tongue for over 100 million in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.  It is the second language in much of Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Republics and South America and it has close links with Dutch and Scandinavian languages.  With knowledge of German, you can improve your employment opportunities – Germany has the largest economy in the European Union and the third largest in the world.  After English, it is the most commonly used language on the Internet.

Key Stage 3

Pupils start learning German in Year 9.  They have 3 periods each week learning the basics of the language.  Time in class is spent practising one aspect of the language at a time from the booklets made by staff to compliment the Klasse 1 textbook.

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Key Stage 4

We build on the foundation laid from KS3 with 5 periods each week to gain a deeper understanding of the German language.  We use the Klasse 3 textbook and teacher-generated notes for vocabulary, grammar and practice exercises.

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Key Stage 5

There are 8 periods of study given each week for further consolidation of the language.  Each period has a specific focus and homework will be set one week in advance to help improve time management. Pupils also have the opportunity to benefit from a weekly conversation class with a native German speaker.

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Career Opportunities

An increasing number of degree courses in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, engineering and law are looking for students with a breadth of knowledge.  Many express a particular interest in candidates with the required science background at A level couple with a further rigorous academic subject.  A modern language can meet these demands and enhance the possibility of a placement abroad as part of a degree course.   Although especially useful for jobs in business, management, travel and tourism, language skills are an essential part of professional life in general and are relevant to a wide range of varied professions.

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