Introduction to the Course
During this course you will study two authentic German language resources (a text and a film) and will study aspects of the contemporary societies, cultural backgrounds and heritages of German-speaking countries. You will also have opportunities to develop your understanding and awareness of spiritual, moral, ethical, environmental, health and political issues. You will extend and develop your knowledge of the grammar and vocabulary of German and will use this to speak, write, read and listen to the language. In addition, you will also be able to equip yourself with transferable skills such as autonomy, resourcefulness, creativity, critical thinking, and linguistic, cultural and cognitive flexibility that will enable you to proceed to further study or to employment.
Standard entry requirements and at least grade 6 in GCSE German.
Theme 1 – Social issues and trends: Evolving society in Germany · Natural living · Education · The world of work
Theme 2 – Political and/or intellectual and/or artistic culture in the German-speaking world · Music · Media · Festivals and traditions
Theme 3 – Social issues and trends: Immigration and the German multicultural society · Integration and multiculturalism · Economic and social impact of migration
Theme 4 – Political and/or intellectual and/or artistic culture: German reunification · Society in the GDR before reunification · Germany since reunification
Paper 1 – Listening, reading and translation • Students will respond to listening comprehension questions based on a recording in a variety of contexts and sources. • A reading assessment based on a variety of text-types and genres where students will have to respond to questions. • An unseen passage to be translated from German to English.
Paper 2 – Written response to works and translation • An unseen passage to be translated from to English to German. • An extended response to one of the literary texts studied. • An extended response to the second literary text studied or extended response to the film studied
Paper 3 – Speaking • Students discuss one theme from the specification based on a stimulus containing two different statements. • Students present a summary of the key findings of the written sources they have used for their research and answer questions on this. They then have a wider discussion on their research.
Future Career Progression
There are few areas of work or professional life which do not have an international dimension. A qualification in a foreign language is therefore invaluable in helping students to find employment, whether in banking, law, journalism, leisure and tourism, the civil service or teaching. There are many courses for which an A Level foreign language is a direct qualification for entry, including degree courses in the language itself or in studies relevant to the country. Many degree courses can now be combined with a language either as joint degrees or as part of the course, i.e. History, Geography, Art, Business Studies, European Studies, Politics, Sociology and English. Modern Foreign Language qualifications are highly valued by admissions tutors and employers as evidence of hard work, intellectual aptitude, intercultural competency and international outlook.