German A Level at Ripon Grammar School
Students will continue to develop their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills through the study of a wide range of topics connected with German-speaking life and culture, young people, current issues and the media. Lessons will be taught predominantly in the foreign language and will consist of discussion, debate, role play, text analysis, comprehension work and the study of German grammar. Written assignments will be set as homework and will include essays, dialogues, summaries, grammar exercises and translation from and into the foreign language. Sources such as authentic texts, video and audio extracts, worksheets and extracts from literature will be used in class. On-line resources are also used to reinforce topics dealt with in class.
Students will study works of modern German literature and/or topics related to the country and its people in preparation for the oral and written examinations. Written accuracy, increased vocabulary and use of idiom are developed to a greater extent at A2 level. Speaking, listening, reading and writing skills acquired at AS level are consolidated and improved.
A grade B at GCSE is a minimum requirement for entry to study German in the Sixth Form. Commitment to study and enthusiasm for the subject would also be expected.
Students will take two examination papers at the end of the Lower Sixth year. There will be one paper to test reading, writing and listening, as well as an oral test lasting fifteen minutes.
There will be a further examination testing reading, writing and listening, an essay question, and an oral test.
A higher qualification will be a useful skill for the future, allowing students to develop their communication skills, learn more about German-speaking cultures, widen their general knowledge and increase possible job opportunities in the future.
Potential students should be aware that demands on their skills do increase after GCSE. Written accuracy, especially at A2 level, is of greater importance, and a wider range of vocabulary will be required.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ripon Grammar School directly.