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German AS/A-Level at The Appleton School

Course description

The course develops your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills as well as your general knowledge of the country. You will develop these skills through researching and discussing topics and studying German films and/or literary texts.

Course content

AS course content

The main topics are:

Changes in German society Nature and the environment (Environmental awareness; recycling; renewable energy; sustainable living) Education (The education system; student life; repeating a year; vocational training) The world of work (Life at work in Germany and the moral of the workforce; German business and industries)

Political and artistic culture in German speaking countries Music (Changes and trends; the influence of music on popular culture) The Media (TV; digital‐, print‐, and online media; the influence on society and politics) Festivals and Traditions (Festivals; celebrations; customs; traditions)

A2 course content

The main topics are:

Immigration and the German multicultural society Integration and multiculturalism (Foreign workers; Immigrants; Asylum seekers; Advantages and difficulties of social integration and multiculturalism) The economic and social effects of immigration (Competition in the workplace; Access to work and accommodation; increasing extremism)

The German reunification East German society before the reunification (Communism in the DDR; relationships with the west; life and work) Germany after the reunification (The breakdown of communism; emigration from east to west; effects on the German economy and society)

Assessment

AS: The AS GCE is assessed over 3 examination papers.

  • Paper 1 is the listening, reading and translation examination. Students are assessed on their understanding of spoken and written German from a variety of authentic texts and listening material, as well as their ability to translate accurately from German to English (40% of AS level).
  • Paper 2 is a written response to work, grammar and translation. Section A of the paper is a translation from English to German and a grammar exercise. Section B/C is an essay related to the film or literary text studied (30% of AS level).
  • Paper 3 is the speaking exam (12‐15 minutes). Task one is a discussion based on a stimulus related to the theme “Changes in German society”. Task two is a discussion of the theme “Political and artistic culture in German speaking countries”. (30% of AS level)

A2: The Advanced GCE is assessed over 3 examination papers.

  • Paper 1 is the listening, reading and translation examination.   This paper draws on vocabulary and structures across all four themes. (40% of A level)
  • Paper 2 is a written response to works and translation. Students are assessed on an English to German translation, and 2 extended essays on 2 separate literary texts or films (30% of A level)
  • Paper 3 is the speaking exam (21‐23 minutes). Task one is a discussion on one theme from the specification based on a stimulus. Task two is a presentation and discussion on independent research carried out by the student. (30% of A level)

Future opportunities

  • Business with international links
  • Employment which requires communication, research and analytical skills
  • Marketing
  • Teaching
  • Interpreting and translating
  • Law

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Appleton School directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years

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