Name of Faculty: MFL
Name of Department: German
Members of Staff:
About the Course:
Students study a ten week block of German during their carousel lessons at the beginning of Year 7, which is based on German fairytales. If they opt to continue with German in addition to their first foreign language (either French or Japanese), they then take it up from the beginning of Year 8.
Students learn to introduce themselves and talk about themselves, their family, their school and their interests in German. The year ends with a fashion show in German!
Students build on the knowledge acquired in Year 8, and work on the skills needed for the GCSE course, learning how to talk about where they live, comparing it to German towns and cities, to use the past and future tenses, to talk about food and healthy eating, and to describe their holidays.
German at KS4 :
Subject name and qualification type
Exam board and any unit codes
AQA (Listening: 46651F and 46651H, Reading: 46652F and 46652H)
Course outline/ units studied
There are four areas of experience:
Lifestyle, Leisure, Home and Environment
SCHEME OF ASSESSMENT:
Pupils are assessed in the four skills
Reading 20% Speaking 30% Writing 30%
Method of assessment
Listening and reading formal exams. Writing and speaking are assessed through controlled assessment, completed with the class teacher.
Links to possible 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 a range of exciting travel opportunities at school, university and in the world of work.
Please note also that Modern Language GCSEs now form part of the recognised English Baccalaureate, and are likely to be required for entry to all courses in some of the best universities.
Post 16 Progression for this Subject (e.g. BTEC Level 3, or AS level)
AS Level, then A Level
Link to the AQA website (which has several of its own useful resources and past papers) -
GCSE Vocabulary ¦ pdf
German at KS5
Sixth Form Prospectus Entry
Subject Title : German
Faculty : MFL Level : AS, A2
Examination Board / website : www.edexcel.com
Assessment Details :
Spoken Expression and Response Exam (Listening and Speaking)
Understanding and Written Response Exam (Reading and Writing)
Understanding and Spoken Response in German (Listening and Speaking)
Research, Understanding and Written Response in German (Research, Translation and Writing)
Written Examinations (Unit titles, duration, % weighting) :
Spoken Expression and Response Exam:
8-10 minute assessment.
Questions related to stimulus followed by general questions on a topic area
30% of AS or 15% of total GCE
Understanding and Written Response Exam (Listening, Reading and Writing)
Section A: Listening
Section B: Reading
Section C: writing based on a stimulus
2 hour 30 minute paper
70% of AS or 35% of total GCE
Understanding and Spoken Response in German
11-13 minute assessment: presentation of an issue followed by discussion
35% OF A2 or 17.5% of total GCE
Research, Understanding and Written Response in German
Creative or Discursive Essay
65% of A2 or 32.5% of total GCE
Practical Examinations (Unit titles, duration, % weighting, dates) : N/A
Coursework (Unit titles, duration, % weighting, submission dates) : N/A
Course Outline :
The course is divided into focussed learning areas to ensure that students are given the opportunity to cover all aspects of the German AS curriculum. These areas include; translation skills, comprehensions, essay writing and grammar. We use a wide range of learning and teaching techniques and exciting and stimulating challenges and activities to motivate our students, to deepen their learning and to promote independent thinking skills. We ensure our students are well-supported, but encourage them to take risks and to ask challenging questions.
This course builds on the skills developed during the AS course. Again, in order to ensure that all areas of the curriculum are covered in depth, we use focussed learning areas. These include; translation skills, comprehensions, essay writing and grammar. Students are also encouraged to develop their debating strategies in the foreign language, to keep up with news and current affairs, and to be able to both hold conversations and write about these.
Entry Requirements (including prior qualification requirements e.g a GCSE in this subject at minimum B grade) : A GCSE of Minimum B Grade
Skills / Aptitudes required to be successful in this course :
You need to have a real passion for languages, and a desire for a challenge. You need to be able to motivate yourself to work independently, as well as be confident enough to take risks and have a go at expressing yourself in the target language. You need to be well-organised and a desire to travel is always an advantage!
Goes well with (complementary subjects) : Everything!
Pathways Career and /or further study possibilities, using this subject:
The ability to master a foreign language puts you in a great position to apply for jobs in all sorts of spheres, from journalism to translation, to the business world, to science, to the creative arts, to accountancy. As long as you combine the language with the right subjects, no door will remain closed to you! Being able to speak another language will give you travel opportunities in the world of work and further education.
For further information, please contact:
E Kell (Head of Languages)
http://www.languagesonline.org.uk (for Spanish and French as well as German)
http://www.atantot-extra.co.uk (for Spanish, French and Italian, as well as German)
http://www.ashcombe.surrey.sch.uk/Curriculum/modlang/index_students.htm (Plus French, Spanish and Italian)