German at Ursuline College
A-Level in German
Themes and sub-themes
Papers 1 and 3 will be based on content from the following themes.
The themes address a range of social issues and trends, as well as aspects of the political
and artistic culture of Germany and German-speaking countries.
Theme 1 focuses on aspects of society of Germany only. Theme 2 requires students to broaden their knowledge across any German-speaking country/countries and/or community/communities.
Each theme is broken into three sub-themes (highlighted in bold). These sub-themes are
each exemplified further.
Theme 1: Gesellschaftliche Entwicklung in Deutschland
Theme 1 is set in the context of Germany only. This theme covers social issues and trends.
- Natur und Umwelt
Umweltbewusstsein; Recycling; erneuerbare Energie; nachhaltig leben.
Bildungswesen und die Situation von Studenten; Sitzenbleiben, Berufsausbildung.
- Die Welt der Arbeit
Das Arbeitsleben in Deutschland und die Arbeitsmoral; deutsche Geschäfte und Industrien.
Theme 2: Politische und künstlerische Kultur im deutschen Sprachraum
Theme 2 is set in the context of German-speaking countries and communities. This theme covers artistic culture (through music and festivals and traditions) and political and artistic culture (through media).
- Musik – (künstlerische Kultur)
Wandel und Trends; Einfluss der Musik auf die populäre Kultur.
- Die Medien – (politische und künstlerische Kultur)
Fernsehen, Digital-, Print- und Onlinemedien; Einfluss auf Gesellschaft und Politik.
- Die Rolle von Festen und Traditionen – (künstlerische Kultur) Feste, Feiern, Sitten, Traditionen.
The above two themes and
Theme 3: Immigration und die deutsche multikulturelle Gesellschaft
Theme 3 is set in the context of Germany only. This theme covers social issues and trends.
- Die positive Auswirkung von Immigration Beitrag der Immigranten zur Wirtschaft
- Die Herausforderungen von Immigration und Integration
Maßnahmen von Gemeinden und örtlichen Gemeinschaften; Ausgrenzung und Entfremdung aus der Sicht von Immigranten.
- Die staatliche und soziale Reaktion zur Immigration Rechtsextremismus; politische Annäherung an Gastarbeiter, Immigranten und Asylbewerber; die öffentliche
Theme 4: Die Wiedervereinigung Deutschlands
Theme 4 is set in the context of Germany only. This theme covers political culture.
- Die Gesellschaft in der DDR vor der Wiedervereinigung
Arbeit; Wohnungswesen; kommunistische Prinzipien; das Verhältnis zum Westen.
- Ereignisse vor der Wiedervereinigung
Der Zusammenbruch des Kommunismus; der Fall der Berliner Mauer.
Deutschland seit der Wiedervereinigung
Migrations von Ost nach West; Arbeitslosigkeit in der früheren DDR; Auswirkungen auf Schulen in Deutschland.
Five GCSE 9-4 grades includingEnglish.
A minimum Grade 6 in German GCSE.
Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation (40%)
Students will be assessed on their understanding of spoken and written German from a variety of types of authentic texts and listening material, as well as their ability to translate accurately from German into English.
Texts and recordings vary in length to include some extended passages. All spoken and written materials are culturally relevant to Germany and German-speaking countries and are drawn from the two themes
Students should be able to:
- understand main points, gist and detail from spoken and written material
- infer meaning from complex spoken and written material
- assimilate and use information from spoken and written sources, including material from online media
- summarise information from spoken sources, reporting key points and subject matter
- translate from German into English.
The listening section will be made up of spoken passages covering different registers and types, including authentic communication involving one or more speakers. Sources will include material from online media.
The reading section will be made up of texts containing both factual and abstract content and will be authentic or adapted from authentic sources. The texts will include contemporary, historical, literary, fiction and non-fiction, written for different purposes and audiences.
Translation into English
The content of the translation will be taken from one of the two themes.
Paper 2: Written response to works and translation (30%)
Students should be able to:
● develop a detailed understanding and appreciation of the works studied,
by writing critical responses in the language of study to the works taken from the prescribed list given (see Appendix 2: Prescribed literary texts and films)
● produce responses that relate to aspects such as the form and the technique
of presentation, key concepts and issues and the social context, as appropriate
to the work studied
● present viewpoints, develop arguments, persuade, and analyse and evaluate in writing
● manipulate language accurately through translating an unseen passage from English into German.
Students must study one discrete German work: either one literary text or one film. The work must be taken from the list in Appendix 2: Prescribed literary texts and films.
● The literary texts listed include a range of novels and a series of short stories.
● All of the films are feature length.
● The content of the translation will be a passage based on one of the two themes.
Paper 3: Speaking (30%)
Students should be able to demonstrate:
- their ability to summarise information from the written source provided
- their ability to respond in speech to the written language in the two texts provided
- their knowledge and understanding of the cultural context, demonstrated by giving examples and information on two themes
- their ability to express view points, justify opinions and develop informed arguments relating to the cultural and social context
- their ability to interact and hold a natural discourse
- their skill in manipulating the language accurately.
Knowing a second language is an asset in any job.
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
- Broadcast journalist
- Diplomatic Services operational officer
- English as a foreign language teacher
- International aid/development worker
- Logistics and distribution manager
- Marketing executive
- Patent examiner
- Sales executive
Trips are often taken to France and Germany.
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