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Teaching is successful in fostering interest and independence

ISI 2013

German

The Department’s ethos is one of inclusion, where all pupils are encouraged to reach their linguistic potential.

Small class sizes and in-class work with the Foreign Language Assistant (a native speaker from Germany, Austria or Switzerland) means students can be both supported and challenged.

Our students hear the language used between teachers and see it as a language worth learning for real purposes.


Throughout Years 7 - 11, students have the opportunity to work with our native speaking Foreign Language Assistant, who is involved in usual classroom teaching, to provide them with a tangible link to the language being studied. 

Our Foreign Language Assistant is also used to assist with classroom differentiation, both supporting students who find German challenging and academically challenging those who require more difficult tasks.

The Department has successfully run trips to the German-speaking world, most recently Vienna (2012) and Berlin (2014). These trips are essential for the pupils to truly experience another culture – an essential aspect of both departmental and school-wide educational aims.

In Year 7, pupils are introduced to German in a ten-week block of lessons on rotation. They begin learning the key sounds of German and lay the groundwork for further German study as they progress through the school. Pupils engage in the language through interactive activities with a focus on spoken German as well as building on the similarities with English to present German as a realistic language for them to learn. Pupils have three 40 minute lessons per week, with two homework tasks.


Moving into Years 8 and 9, we introduce the content for the IGCSE course. This broadly fits into the topic areas of home and abroad; free time activities; school and employment; family life; the modern world and the environment. Teaching time consists of two periods of 40 minutes each per week with two homework tasks. Pupils are regularly assessed in each skill (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing) as well as an end of year examination. At the end of Year 9, students must decide if they wish to continue with German as their compulsory Modern Foreign Language.


In Years 10 and 11, all students begin the IGCSE qualification. The topic areas studied continue from Years 8 and 9, with further detail and complexity in terms of both vocabulary and grammar. The topic areas are home and abroad; free time activities; school and employment; family life; the modern world and the environment. All assessment is at the end of Year 11, with all the four skills worth 25% each. The assessment objectives of the qualification revolve around realistic language skills, which fits well with the ethos of the Department. 

Years 10 and 11 have four, 40 minute lessons per week. Homework in the IGCSE years revolves around the development of all four skills and is issued twice per week.

Teaching is successful in fostering interest and independence

ISI 2013
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