German at Penketh High School
AS YEAR 12The units covered are: Unit 1 - Spoken Expression and Response in German The course will help you to prepare for a speaking exam on a general topic of your choice.You may choose from: Youth culture and concerns: - Music and fashion - Technology (e.g. MP3/blogs/mobile phones/internet/games) - Relationships (family, friendships and peer pressure) - Drink, drugs, sex Lifestyle, health and fitness: - Sport and exercise - Food and diet - Healthissues (e.g. smoking, skin cancer, health services) The world around us – travel, tourism, environmental issues and the target-language speaking world: - Tourist information, travel and transport - Weather (e.g. natural disasters, climate change) - Pollution and recycling Education and employment: - Education (schooling and higher education) - Education policy and student issues - The world of work (e.g. the changing work scene, job opportunities and unemployment) Through regular and consistent practice of this skill area in class you will be able to discussa variety of current topics in detail. Conversations will be in small groups, pairs or teacher led. There will also be the opportunity to chat with native speakers. Unit 2 - Understanding and Written Response in German We study the topics listed for Unit 1 and throughout the course you will have regular access to a wide range of interesting and challenging materials. You will be prepared for completing listening and reading assessments. These tasks will involve dealing with a rangeof authentic German material and then being able to retrieve and convey information given in the recording or text by responding to a range of questions in German. Regular practise of essay writing will enable you to develop this new skill area. A2 YEAR 13The units covered are:Unit 3 – Understanding and Spoken Response in German A2 students will explore the same General Topic Areas as for AS, plus the following:• Customs, traditions, beliefs and religions • National and international events – past, present and future• Literature and the Arts The unit requires you to demonstrate the effectiveness of your German language skills be presenting and taking a clear stance on an issue of your choice. You will be expected to interact effectively with your teacher and defence your views. Regular debate and legitimatearguing in class will hep you perfect this skill and by taking every opportunity to speak in German, your confidence will grow. Unit 4 – Research, Understanding and Written Response in GermanYouth culture and concerns: This element of the course will see you studying the topic areas dealt with in the speaking exam. You will complete regular translations from English to German and further develop your essay writing skills. The course material will enhance your awareness of contemporaryissues and the cultural background of countries where German is spoken. You will be required to show initiative by conducting in-depth research.
To study German at AS or A2 level a Grade B or above at GCSE is required. You should have an interest in current affairs and social issues, particularly in the context of the countries concerned.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Penketh High School directly.