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German A/S at University Academy Keighley

Course description

Students will learn how to: Listen and respond to a variety of spoken German-language sources, including authentic sources. Read and respond to a variety of German-language written texts, including authentic sources, covering different contexts, registers, styles and genres. Adapt their spoken and written German language appropriately for different situations and purposes. Use the German language accurately to express facts and ideas, and to present explanations, opinions and information in both speech and writing. Understand and apply the grammatical system and a range of structures of the German language. Transfer meaning from German into English and/or vice versa. Use the German language in speech and in writing to present viewpoints, develop arguments, analyse and evaluate. Understand and apply the grammatical system and a range of structures in German. Study aspects of the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of one or more of the German-language countries or communities. Transfer meaning from English into German and/or vice versa

Course content

1  Day-to-DayFood, diet, health; Transport, travel and tourism; Current affairs and media2  SocietyRelationships, family, the generation, youth concerns; Social issues, law and justice; Leisure and the arts3  The Working WorldEducation, training and employment; Business and industry; Information technologyAll skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking are regularly practised.  Grammar is revised and extended.  Use of foreign assistants is made to enhance speaking skills.  Literary texts and films are studied at the teacher’s discretion.  Use of ICT is made to reinforce skills.A visit to the target language country or work experience in the target country is strongly recommended.  Students will also need to work independently to improve and expand their knowledge of Germany and its culture

Entry requirements

For a successful transition from GCSE to AS/A2, a grade B or above in GCSE German is desirable.

Assessment

AS The Spoken Expression and Response unit rewards students for their ability to converse in German on a general topic area that they have chosen in advance. Students will need to demonstrate that they can engage in a discussion in German that relates to a chosen general topic area and allied subtopics. The Understanding and Written Response unit requires students to understand and convey their understanding of German-language texts and recordings. In addition, students will need to produce an essay to demonstrate an ability to manipulate the German language in continuous writing.

A2 The Understanding and Spoken Response unit requires students to demonstrate the effectiveness of their German-language skills by presenting and taking a clear stance on any issue of their choice. The Research, Understanding and Written Response unit requires students to demonstrate skills in advanced level German writing (discursive or creative essay) and translation from English into German. The unit also requires students to demonstrate evidence of independent, advanced-level German language reading and research of a chosen text, play, film or topic area that links to the culture and/or society of a German-speak

Future opportunities

Upon completion of the German A level, students would be able to move onto a range of qualifications involving languages, which could lead onto many career paths such as: Interpreter, Translator, Foreign Correspondent, Journalist, Careers in Sales/Marketing in European Markets, Language Teacher, Tourism Officer, Tourist Guide.

Further information

The German A level is taught through the following topics: Youth culture and concerns (AS and A2), Lifestyle: health and fitness (AS and A2). The world around us: travel, tourism, environmental issues and the German-speaking, World (AS and A2), Education and employment (AS and A2), Customs, traditions, beliefs and religions (A2), National and international events: past, present and future (A2), Literature and the arts (A2). All skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking are regularly practised. Grammar is revised and extended. Use of foreign assistants is made to enhance speaking skills. A visit to the target language country or work experience in the target country is strongly recommended.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact University Academy Keighley directly.

Last updated date: 21 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year

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