In your German classes you will gain a solid understanding of German vocabulary and grammar, giving you the confidence to communicate with other German speakers. You will also develop important, transferable skills through completing reading and listening exercises. Learning German is more than just learning about linguistics though! Developing an understanding of German culture, history and society is important too. That is why over your years at Coombe you will find out about German towns, artists, film, food and festivals and more!
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WHAT TO EXPECT IN YEAR 7
WHAT TO EXPECT IN YEAR 8
WHAT TO EXPECT IN YEAR 9
WHY CHOOSE GERMAN FOR GCSE?
What does studying German involve?
Three main topic areas are covered at GCSE: Identity and culture, Local, national, international and global areas of interest and current and future study and employment.
How will I know if I will be good at it?
There are four exams at the end of the GCSE German course which will assess your writing, speaking, listening and reading skills. You will have developed these skills in KS3 so that you can access the course, but also having a genuine interest in other cultures and countries does help.
What skills will I develop?
Studying Languages at GCSE is great as it allows you to focus on developing a range of skills and also rewards you for your reading, listening, writing and speaking skills too. During your GCSE course you will learn how to communicate using a range of registers, work productively with others and challenge yourself. In addition, you will also gain an awareness of other cultures and traditions.
Where could this subject lead?
Learning a language can take you down many different career routes, in many different countries! Learning German gives you the opportunity to study and explore numerous other subjects too, for example, politics, art and literature and history. Linguists are in demand due to the range of skills you develop so learning German really does prepare you for a world of opportunity!
WHAT TO EXPECT IN YEAR 10 & 11
During the two years you will build up your written responses to tasks and develop your confidence in spoken German by practising role plays, describing photo cards and practising conversational German on a range of different topics. You will also regularly practice translating from German into English and from English into German. With reading you will also be introduced to poems, short stories and authentic factual texts and you will develop your listening skills to be able to understand German in a range of contexts and different situations.