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German A Level at Caroline Chisholm School

Course description

The course consists of a number of complementary units in which the four language skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing are developed simultaneously. The course will help you to develop your general study skills, but most of all you will learn to communicate at a higher level in German. You will also learn much more about a wide range of aspects of the societies in which German is spoken.
Throughout the course, students will be given the opportunity to develop their ability and confidence to communicate in German.
Students will be given access to relevant published online resources and topic booklets provided by the department. At the end of each topic students will be assessed in all four skills which will give regular feedback on progress.


Course content

The first year of the course consists of two main topics which are divided into 3 sub‐topics & the study of either a film or a literary text. All topics are relevant to young people as well as building on students’ previous knowledge from GCSE.
Aspects of German Speaking Society
- The changing state of the family
- The digital World
- Youth culture: Fashion, Music & TV
Artistic Culture  Festivals & traditions
- Art & architecture
- Cultural life in Berlin: Past & present
Literary Text or Film
- Film – Good bye, Lenin! Wolfgang Becker (2003)
Our approach is always to build on what you already know, gradually extending the range and depth of your knowledge and setting it more firmly in a German context.
The full A‐Level course consists of the content from year 1 and a further two main topics which are divided into 3 sub‐topics & the study of a literary text.


Entry requirements

GCSE English Language or Literature: Grade 5 is required

Students should have studied German to GCSE level, achieving at least Grade B.

Multiculturalism in German speaking society

- Immigration
- Racism
- Integration
Aspects of Political Life in the German speaking world

- Germany & the EU
- Politics & Youth
- German re‐unification & the consequences

Literary Text or Film
- Text ‐ Bernhard Schlink Der Vorleser
- Friedrich Dürrenmatt Der Besuch der alten Dame


Future opportunities

Students who are able to converse in a foreign language to A level standard, offer a skill which a small percentage of the population are able to offer. Of course they are able to pursue languages at university, but an A level in language is certainly an asset within industry, especially as links with international companies expand.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Caroline Chisholm School directly.

Last updated date: 01 February 2017
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