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Germany is home to the European Union’s largest economy and the country has the third largest economy in the world. It is also the world’s biggest exporter. Companies like BMW, Daimler, Siemens, Lufthansa, SAP, Bosch, Infineon, BASF, and many others need international partners and having German language skills definitely puts you at an advantage.
In addition to being the language of some of the world’s biggest companies, German has the highest number of native speakers in the European Union.
Due to the phonetic nature of the German language, the grammatical rules, and it’s similarity with English, learners often find German easier to follow.
At Colston’s Girls’ School pupils can study German from Year 8 and go on to GCSE and A-Level.
Useful Resources and Websites
- Grammar books
- Vocabulary books
- www.languagesonline.org.uk – general resources for all key skills
- www.wordreference.com – online dictionary
- www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips – videos on a variety of topics
- www.tes.co.uk/resources – variety of resources available
- Cinema trips
- University lectures
- Recording of German Song
- German Day
Our Students Say:
“The course is very diverse in its teaching programme. We had role plays, watching movie bites, listening to radio broadcasting, practiced reading articles, while paying attention to grammar watching a movie in the cinema and discussing the story and characters in class afterwards . A good way to learn about the language and culture of a country.”
Years 7 - 9
From day one in Year 7 students are starting to prepare for their Languages GCSE exams and follow a GCSE mastery curriculum. We aim to teach the following from the start of Year 7 so as to ensure all students become confident and enthusiastic linguists and master the skills required for GCSE:
- Dictionary and verb table skills
- Spontaneous Speaking
- Extended Writing
- Authentic Listening
- Authentic Reading
- Memory skills
Years 10 - 11
AQA New Specification from 2016
- Theme 1: Identity and culture
- Theme 2: Local, national and international and global areas of interest
- Theme 3: Current and future study and employment
- Paper 1: Listening 25%, written exam
- Paper 2: Speaking 25%, role play, photo card and general conversation
- Paper 3: Reading 25%, written exam
- Paper 4: Writing 25%, written exam
Why study German?
The combination of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing skills is highly regarded by both universities and employers alike. When applying for a degree course a Modern Foreign Language will be recognised as an indication of academic rigour and achievement. German can be combined with humanities subjects, thus leading to a degree in Law or Business, it can also be combined with Science in order to pursue a degree in Engineering. An A Level in German provides an insight into another culture and society.
German is a facilitating subject that is welcomed by Russell Group universities.
Recent Exam Success
Students in the 2015 A Level class gained a grade above their target based upon GCSE attainment.