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.
In Year 7, students have the opportunity to study two languages from French, German, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. Additionally, students can apply to join the Mandarin Excellence Programme (MEP) providing accelerated learning opportunities in this global language.
In Year 8, students continue to study their two languages alongside the MEP programme, where appropriate.
At the end of Year 8, in preparation for Year 9, students will be asked to specialise in one language, taking their study of this subject to a deeper level as they continue their progression to GCSE level and beyond. At Key Stage 4, MFL are provided as part of our broad and balanced curriculum offer with all four languages offered as part of the options process.
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.
- Self: introductions, family and friends
- School: subjects, opinions, clothing, food and drink
- My free time: hobbies and holidays
- Food and drink and shopping
- Health and fitness
- Modern technology
- Future plans
Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)
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
Customs and festivals
Local, national, international and global areas of interest
Home town, neighbourhood and region
Travel and tourism
Current and future study and employment
Life at school / college
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 7662
Exam Board Specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/as-and-a-level/german-7662
Recommended Entry Requirements
- Grade 6 GCSE German
- Interest in the culture and way of life in the countries where German is spoken
We live in a globalised world; German is spoken by 95 million people. A second language can open up opportunities for travel, careers and academic life. “The Independent” listed German as the number one language which would lead to the highest paid jobs in the UK and was in the highest demand across job postings.
This course is a radical and exciting departure from the GCSE with more independent study and research and a more rigorous approach to grammar. Reading of German newspapers and visiting German speaking countries are encouraged. There are four main themes:
- Social Issues and Trends
- Political and Artistic Culture
- Works: Literary texts and films.
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.
It has been fantastic to see that, on the whole, our students are all now established on Google Classroom and are making great progress in their studies whilst away from school.
On Monday 25 November 2019, Miss Medcroft attended the International School Award Ceremony, at the British Council in London.