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German at King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls

Course description

Why should I study German?
 
 There are plenty of opportunities to express opinions and look at subjects of interest to your age group.
 Transferable skills such as presenting and evaluating arguments, summarising the main points of texts and interpreting an argument to another person.
 It is fun!
 Opportunity to do Work Experience in Germany in Year 12.
 Increased cultural awareness.
 

Course content

What will I learn about?
 
In the new course (for pupils starting Year 12 in 2016), pupils will be required to develop knowledge and understanding, through the German Language, of aspects of the society, culture and history of the country or countries where German is spoken, studying one theme at AS and two themes at A level from each of the following areas of interest (i.e. 3 themes at AS; 6 themes at A level):
 
• Social issues and phenomena 
• Politics, current affairs and history
• Intellectual culture, past and present
 

Entry requirements

Are there any special requirements?  
 
Normally an A/A* at G.C.S.E. is required, although an enthusiasm for the language and a determination to participate fully are equally important.
 

Assessment

Assessment Format:  
 
30 per cent of the marks will be allocated to non-exam assessment, which will focus on students’ ability to use spoken language effectively. The assessment will last 12−15 minutes at AS, and 20−23 minutes at A level.  At AS, students will need to discuss two different unseen topics, set by the exam board based on themes studied during the course. Students will have 15 minutes to prepare prior to the discussion. At A level, students will discuss a single unseen topic, set by the exam board based on themes studied during the course. They will also present and discuss the findings of their own independent research. 
 
The non-exam assessment will be marked by the Exam Board. The remaining 70 per cent of the marks will be allocated to examinations, set and marked by the exam board. We expect passages used for translation questions to be at least 70 words at AS, and at least 100 words at A level.
 
The AS unit scores will contribute towards the final A Level outcome.
 

Future opportunities

Application beyond school:
 
 For leisure purposes - holiday and travel abroad.
 In many jobs, it is a positive advantage.
 Opens opportunities for study of all subjects abroad under ERASMUS/ SOCRATES schemes.
 Valuable adjunct to other qualifications in any profession – there is a shortage of people with language qualifications.
 Language graduates have one of the lowest unemployment rates.
 

Further information

What will I learn about?
 
In the new course (for pupils starting Year 12 in 2016), pupils will be required to develop knowledge and understanding, through the German Language, of aspects of the society, culture and history of the country or countries where German is spoken, studying one theme at AS and two themes at A level from each of the following areas of interest (i.e. 3 themes at AS; 6 themes at A level):
 
• Social issues and phenomena 
• Politics, current affairs and history
• Intellectual culture, past and present
 
How will I be taught?
 
Using authentic materials, we shall read and listen to material in the target language.  This will lead to discussion in pairs, in groups or with the whole class.  Written work will be based on this material.  There will be a requirement for students to undertake reading and listening, and learning of vocabulary on their own initiative. The course contains much online material which can be revisited at home for consolidation and revision purposes, and it also contains practice examination materials.
 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 18 June 2015
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