MFL – German


Head of Department: Mrs J Lemée-Wright
Head of German:  Miss E Hawthorne
Level of teaching: Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5 at The New Sixth

Learning a language opens up new horizons in many ways. Students gain greater understanding of how people live in other countries, cultures and communities – their customs, attitudes and everyday lifestyles. Language learning also provides students with the opportunity to grow in confidence as they develop their communication skills.

In view of Britain’s forthcoming departure from the European Community, command of a language will be even more useful useful in a variety of fields e.g. commerce, industry, science and technology and travel. A qualification is also highly regarded by universities.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

Students study a broad and varied language curriculum, which is assessed in the form of the end of module tests. Other tests may be undertaken as and when considered appropriate for example to ensure pupils have a strong grasp of vocabulary. Assessments information is used by staff to monitor progress and to inform planning.  By the end of KS3, students will learn how to write and speak in at least three tenses.

We aim to nurture a love of languages by incorporating a variety of cultural aspects in our teaching, as well as creative lessons such as creating and practising songs, rhymes, raps, and role plays. At the end of Year 9 an overall level is given for each student. This is based on performance in end of module assessments and on-going teacher assessment.

Year 7

  • Self: introductions, family and friends
  • School: subjects, opinions, clothing, food and drink

Year 8

  • My free time: hobbies and holidays
  • Food and drink and shopping
  • Health and fitness

Year 9

  • Education
  • Modern technology
  • Future plans

Key Stage 4 (Year 10 ONLY)

Course Code: GCSE German AQA 8668
Exam Board Specification: http:/www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/german-8668

The new AQA GCSE German is divided into 3 main subject areas called “themes” and each theme is divided into 4 “topics”.  So the GCSE is made up of 12 topics altogether and is examined in 4 exams which take place at the end of the course (listening, speaking, reading and writing).

Themes and Topics:

Identity and culture
Me, my family and friends
Technology in everyday life
Free-time activities
Customs and festivals

Local, national, international and global areas of interest
Home town, neighbourhood and region
Social issues
Global issues
Travel and tourism

Current and future study and employment
My studies
Life at school / college
Education post-16
Jobs, career choices and ambitions

Each skill (listening, speaking, reading and writing) is now worth 25%

Two tiers of examination are offered: Foundation and Higher. Candidates can only be entered for one tier.


Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13)

Course Code: AQA 7661 and 7662
Exam Board Specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/as-and-a-level/german-7661 and http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/as-and-a-level/german-7662

This course is a radical and exciting departure from the GCSE specifications. Far higher levels of independent study and research skills are required. A more rigorous approach to grammar is a prerequisite to achieving true mastery of the language. Students are strongly advised to read foreign newspapers as well as visiting German-speaking countries.

Students will gain a lasting appreciation of language and learning, an ability to comprehend a modern foreign language in a wide range of contexts, an ability to communicate readily for a variety of purposes, a useful knowledge of and insights into cultures (both contemporary and historic) and valuable skills for foreign travel, further education and employment.

AS and A Level students will be assessed in the four skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking) and will be required to develop knowledge and understanding, through the language of study, of aspects of the society, culture and history of the country or countries where the language is spoken.

AS students will study two of the following themes, A Level students will study all four of the following themes:

  • Social issues and trends
  • Artistic culture
  • Grammar

Students will also be required:

  • at AS Level, to know, understand and respond critically in writing in the language of study to one work chosen from a prescribed list provided. Students must choose either a literary work or a film.
  • at A Level, study and critically appreciate in writing two works, one of which must be a literary work.

For more information on A Level German, click here.

Enrichment and Links:

The Germany Trip has been part of the extra-curricular life of Saint Gregory’s Bath for many years now.  This visit is run alternate years and is open to students in Years 8 and 9 with priority being given to those who study German.

Furthermore, in July groups of pupils from year 9 and 10 spend a day at Bath University for a “Routes into Languages” taster day. They taste Spanish food, go on a treasure hunt as well as a range of other cultural activities that require them to put the language into use.

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