German

Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.
‒Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

At Kendrick the importance of learning foreign languages is acknowledged and respected by all, including not only the challenges involved but also the benefits of these subjects. Students recognize from an early stage how learning German and the skills involved can be transferred to other areas of the curriculum and how valuable this is, from grasping the cases in Latin to understanding the origins of a high percentage of English words. Furthermore, with German as the most widely spoken language in Europe and Germany as the third strongest economy worldwide, there are clear incentives for students to choose this subject.

German is taught in all Key Stages. From Years 7 to 9 it is compulsory and it is an option at Key Stages 4 and 5. It is a popular choice and uptake is high in every year group throughout the school. We lay great emphasis on maximizing exposure to the target language at all levels and teach predominantly in German and use authentic resources in our lessons. Grammatical content is explored in a cyclical way so that it is accessible to all at an appropriate level.

German lessons are fun, interactive and lively. Students are encouraged to join in from day one, so that they recognise for themselves how quickly they can learn to speak and understand how German sounds and works, by simply ‘having a go’. All four language skills are practised each lesson to enable students to develop their expertise in each area.

We place great emphasis on trips to Germany to both develop speaking skills and also extend cultural and historical knowledge. In Year 10 the entire cohort goes on a six day trip to the country of the language that they have chosen for GCSE. This year the German group will go to Koblenz and stay with families there on a homestay basis. There are also opportunities for Sixth Formers to go on a week’s work experience in Germany with Halsbury as well go on a cultural trip to Berlin.

What is studied at KS3?

In Year 7, our system is such that one year, two of the three forms will do German and the other will do French, then the next year two will do French and one will take German. For example, in September 2019, two forms will take German and one will take French. During this first year, great emphasis is placed on how to learn a language, essential skills in language acquisition and familiarization with key terminology, which proves very effective in future MFL lessons in Year 8 and beyond.

We use Zoom 1 and Zoom 2 as a basis for our lessons in Years 7 to 9.

In Year 7 our areas of focus are:

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Personal information

 

Family and Pets

School

Hobbies

House and Home

Food and Drink

In Year 8 the topics that we look are:

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

My Town and Region

 

Fashion

Holidays

Appearances and Festivals

Health and Fitness

Revision and Film Study

In Year 9 we learn about the following topics:

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Media and Technology

 

Unusual Hobbies

Holidays

Education and Work

Environment

Activity Week and Revision

Those taking German as a second modern foreign language in Year 8 have a slightly different programme. For the first year they will follow a similar programme to Year 7 and then in the second year, they will follow a condensed, accelerated form of the Year 8 and 9 topics. On account of the emphasis in Year 7 on the skills required for acquisition of a foreign language, this works very well and students reach a very good standard in their mastery of the second language by the end of Year 9.

What is studied at KS4?

At Kendrick we follow the AQA specification. For further information please follow the link below:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/german-8668

The AQA books provide a basis for our lessons .    

In conjunction with this course we use our own materials and subscribe to the online Kerboodle resources.

Our schedules to explore key topics for Years 10 and 11 look as follows:

Year 10

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Relationships with Family and Friends

 

Where I Live

 

School and Teachers

 

Music, TV and Cinema

 Eating Out

 

Healthy Living

School Day and Pressures at School

 

Festivals and German Traditions

Holidays and Tourism

 

Revision and Exams

Education- Post 16

 

Families and Marriage

Year 11

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Environment: What do you do to help?

 

Career Choices and Ambitions

Technology in Everyday Life

Mocks

 

Poverty and Homelessness

 

Charity and Voluntary Work

 

Revision and

Exam Technique

Revision and Preparation for Orals and Final Papers

GCSE examinations

Assessments

GCSE German has a Foundation Tier (grades 1–5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4–9). Students must take all four question papers at the same tier. All question papers must be taken in the same series.

Paper 1: Listening

 What's assessed:

Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language

How it's assessed:

• Written exam: 35 minutes (Foundation Tier), 45 minutes (Higher Tier)

• 40 marks (Foundation Tier), 50 marks (Higher Tier)

• 25% of GCSE

(Each exam includes 5 minutes’ reading time of the question paper before the listening stimulus is played.)

Questions

Foundation Tier and Higher Tier

• Section A – questions in English, to be answered in English or non-verbally

• Section B – questions in German, to be answered in German or non-verbally

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Paper 2: Speaking

What's assessed:

Communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes

How it's assessed

• Non-exam assessment

• 7–9 minutes (Foundation Tier) + preparation time

• 10–12 minutes (Higher Tier) + preparation time

• 60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)

• 25% of GCSE

Questions

Foundation Tier and Higher Tier

The format is the same at Foundation Tier and Higher Tier, but with different stimulus questions for the Photo card and different stimulus materials for the Role-play. The timings are different too:

• Role-play – 15 marks (2 minutes at Foundation Tier; 2 minutes at Higher Tier)

• Photo card – 15 marks (2 minutes at Foundation Tier; 3 minutes at Higher Tier)

• General conversation – 30 marks (3–5 minutes at Foundation Tier; 5–7 minutes at Higher Tier)

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Paper 3: Reading

 What's assessed:

Understanding and responding to different types of written language

How it's assessed:

• Written exam: 45 minutes (Foundation Tier), 1 hour (Higher Tier)

• 60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)

• 25% of GCSE

Questions

Foundation Tier and Higher Tier

• Section A – questions in English, to be answered in English or non-verbally

• Section B – questions in German, to be answered in German or non-verbally

• Section C – translation from German into English (a minimum of 35 words at Foundation Tier and 50 words at Higher Tier)

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Paper 4: Writing

 What's assessed:

Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes

How it's assessed:

• Written exam: 1 hour (Foundation Tier), 1 hour 15 minutes (Higher Tier)

• 50 marks at Foundation Tier and 60 marks at Higher Tier

• 25% of GCSE

Questions

Foundation Tier

• Question 1 – message (student produces four sentences in response to a photo) – 8 marks

• Question 2 – short passage (student writes a piece of continuous text in response to four brief bullet points, approximately 40 words in total) – 16 marks

• Question 3 – translation from English into German (minimum 35 words) – 10 marks

• Question 4 – structured writing task (student responds to four compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 90 words in total) – there is a choice from two questions – 16 marks

Higher Tier

• Question 1 – structured writing task (student responds to four compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 90 words in total) – there is a choice from two questions – 16 marks

• Question 2 – open-ended writing task (student responds to two compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 150 words in total) – there is a choice from two questions – 32 marks

• Question 3 – translation from English into German (minimum 50 words) – 12 marks

 

 

What is studied at KS5? 

At Kendrick we follow the AQA specification. For further information please follow the link below:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/as-and-a-level/german-7661

The AQA books provide a basis for our teaching.

In conjunction with this course we use our own materials and subscribe to the online Kerboodle resources.

Our schedules for Years 12 and 13 look as follows:

Year 12

Teacher 1

Teacher 2

Familie im Wandel

 

Die digitale Welt

Jugendkultur:

Mode, Musik und Fernsehen

Feste und Traditionen

Kunst und Architektur

Das Berliner Kulturleben – damals und heute

Film: ‘Das Leben der Anderen’

 

Year 13

Teacher 1

Teacher 2

Einwanderung

 

Integration

Rassismus

Die EU und Deutschland

Die Politik und die Jugend

Die Wiedervereinigung

und ihre Folgen

Film: ‘Das Leben der Anderen’ (Revision)

Play: ‘Der Besuch der alten Dame’

           

Assessments (A Level)

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing

 What's assessed:

• Aspects of German-speaking society

• Artistic culture in the German-speaking world

• Multiculturalism in German-speaking society

• Aspects of political life in German-speaking society

• Grammar

How it's assessed:

• Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

• 100 marks

• 50 % of A-level

Questions

• Listening and responding to spoken passages from a range of contexts and sources covering different registers and adapted as necessary. Material will include complex factual and abstract content and questions will target main points, gist and detail. Studio recordings will be used and students will have individual control of the recording. All questions are in German, to be answered with non-verbal responses or in German (30 marks)

• Reading and responding to a variety of texts written for different purposes, drawn from a range of authentic sources and adapted as necessary. Material will include complex factual and abstract content and questions will target main points, gist and detail. All questions are in German, to be answered with non-verbal responses or in German (50 marks)

• Translation into English; a passage of minimum 100 words (10 marks).

• Translation into German; a passage of minimum 100 words (10 marks).

No access to a dictionary during the assessment.

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Paper 2: Writing

What's assessed:

• One text and one film or two texts from the list set in the specification

• Grammar

How it's assessed

• Written exam: 2 hours

• 80 marks in total

• 20 % of A-level

Questions

• Either one question in German on a set text from a choice of two questions and one question in German on a set film from a choice of two questions or two questions in German on set texts from a choice of two questions on each text.

• All questions will require a critical appreciation of the concepts and issues covered in the work and a critical and

analytical response to features such as the form and the technique of presentation, as appropriate to the work studied (eg the effect of narrative voice in a prose text or camera work in a film).

No access to texts or films during the assessment.

No access to a dictionary during the assessment.

Students are advised to write approximately 300 words per essay.

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Paper 3: Speaking

 What's assessed:

• Individual research project

• One of four sub-themes ie Aspects of German-speaking society or Artistic culture in the German-speaking world or

Multiculturalism in German-speaking society or Aspects of political life in German speaking society

How it's assessed:

• Oral exam: 21 – 23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time)

• 60 marks in total

• 30 % of A-level

Questions

• Discussion of a sub-theme with the discussion based on a stimulus card (5 – 6 minutes). The student studies the card

for 5 minutes at the start of the test (25 marks).

• Presentation (2 minutes) and discussion (9 – 10 minutes) of individual research project (35 marks).

No access to a dictionary during the assessment (including 5 minutes preparation).

Students may take the assessment only once before certification.

Assessments will be conducted by either the centre or a visiting examiner and marked by an AQA examiner.
 

Staff 

Ms Julie Alderson - Subject Leader

Ms Wiebke Müller 

Ms Ann Male