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German at Greenshaw High School

Course description

The aims of the course are to integrate the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing in the development of linguistic competence to a high level. It is aimed at students who have acquired a sound competence in French and are keen to nurture it further. Students study technological and social change, the highlights of German-speaking artistic culture, including art and architecture, and will learn how Germany’s political landscape was formed. Students will study texts and film and will have the opportunity to carry out independent research on an area of their choice.

Course content

Social issues and trends
Students study the themes below in relation to at least one German-speaking
country, using a range of sources including material from online media.

Aspects of German-speaking society
The changing state of the family (Familie im Wandel).
– The digital world (Die digitale Welt).
– Youth culture: fashion and trends,
music, television (Jugendkultur: Mode, Musik und Fernsehen).
Multiculturalism in German-speaking society
– Immigration (Einwanderung).
– Integration (Integration).
– Racism (Rassismus).

Political and artistic culture
Students study the themes and sub-
themes below in relation to at least one
German-speaking country.
Artistic culture in the German-speaking world
– Festivals and traditions (Feste und Traditionen).
– Art and architecture (Kunst und Architektur).
– Cultural life in Berlin, past and present
(Das Berliner Kulturleben damals und heute).
Aspects of political life in the German-speaking world
– German and the European Union
(Deutschland und die Europaïsche Union).
– Politics and youth (Die Politik und die Jugend).
– German re-unification and its
consequences (Die Wiedervereinigung und ihre Folgen).
Literary texts and films
Students study either one text andone film, or two texts, from a list.


Entry requirements

Grade B or higher in GCSE German


Paper 1 – 2 hour 30 minute written exam
(listening, reading and writing). 40%.
Paper 2 – 2 hour written exam. 30%.
Paper 3 – 21-23 minute oral exam. 30%

Future opportunities

Aptitude for languages is widely recognised as being of great importance and languages can be combined with most subjects at degree level. The facility to speak a second European language is considered to be a notable asset when applying for a role in almost every field of employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Greenshaw High School directly.

Last updated date: 08 September 2016
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