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Guten Tag! German is an important part of our successful MFL Faculty at the Academy.

Learning German at The Sutton Academy is challenging, fun and never boring!  With excellent ICT facilities and teaching resources, students can enjoy a rich diet of interesting and engaging topics taught by enthusiastic and dedicated German specialists.

We have subscribed to ActiveLearn so that students studying GCSE in Years 9-11 can use online resources both in the academy and at home to develop their language skills.

Key Stage 4 – Years 9, 10 & 11 

What will I study?

Year 9 focuses on topics such as My Studies, my Home Town, Family & Friends, Free Time, Customs & Festivals. . You will also study key grammar topics such as tenses, connectives and word order.

Year 10 focuses on topics including College Life, Travel, Health & Fitness, Relationships, Technology. You will also learn to use advanced grammar structures to improve your writing and speaking style, such as the “case system” and word order rules.

In Year 11, you will learn about environmental issues, Charity & Voluntary Work, Homelessness & Poverty, Careers & Ambitions. Grammar teaching will cover more complex concepts to impress the GCSE examiners.

What skills will I develop?

Over the three years, you will develop your reading, listening, speaking and writing skills. You will also be encouraged to improve your own work to match the requirements of the GCSE. It will be important that you can understand, express and explain a range of opinions and that you can use a range of tenses to write and talk about the different topic areas.

You will also develop other skills such as;

  • Communicating more effectively with others
  • Enhanced social skills
  • Self-confidence
  • Literacy skills in German and English improve greatly as we cover grammar points
  • Making new contacts and building relationships
  • Becoming more open-minded towards other cultures
  • Helping you if you want to learn other languages like Italian or Spanish
  • Giving you an advantage over others in the job market

German is closely linked to the skills applied in Mathematics, e.g. logical thinking, problem solving, processing, interpreting and analysing information, so learning this language offers huge benefits to students’ learning as a whole.

How will I be assessed?

This subject is 100% end-of-course exam. Students are entered in the four skills at either Foundation Tier or Higher Tier. There will be regular practice assessments in all 4 skills – Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing and these will follow the format of the actual GCSE exams. They will take place in the lead-up to tracking but also as additional practice and homework tasks.

Paper 1: Listening 25%  Foundation Tier - 35 minutes         Higher Tier - 45 minutes

Paper 2: Speaking 25%  Foundation Tier - 7-9 minutes        Higher Tier - 10-12 minutes
                (comprises a role-play, a photo card and general conversation)

Paper 3: Reading   25%  Foundation Tier - 45 minutes        Higher Tier - 60 minutes
                (includes German-English translation)

Paper 4: Writing    25%  Foundation Tier - 1 hour                Higher Tier - 1 hour 15 minutes
                (includes English-German translation)

Key Stage 5 

What will I study?

At Sixth Form, students are introduced to stimulating and thought provoking topics which are appropriate for young adults in a modernsociety.

AS and A2 German are taught using a wide variety of media and teaching resources by highly trained German specialists who have a passion for their subject. 

AS German topics include:

  • Advances in technology and their effects on society.
  • The lives of young people, including free time activities.
  • Sport and Health.
  • Tourism.
  • Friendships, Relationships & Family.
  • Education, College, University life.

A2 German topics include:

  • Environmental pollution & protection.
  • Immigration.
  • Riches & Poverty
  • Crime & Punishment
  • Technology of the future, genetic engineering.
  • Germany today.
  • Politics & Global Problems.

A2 students also study a choice of film or a book, which offers a fascinating insight into German history, including the Nazi era, the Berlin Wall and the Reunification of Germany.

What skills will I develop?

You will develop further the skills that you learned through Key Stages 3 and 4. However, you will also learn how to work more independently, researching particular aspects of the course and using your initiative. You will be shown how to manage your time and workload effectively and keep up-to-date with current affairs and news about Germany and German society. You will further develop and utilise your skills in translation and your knowledge and command of grammar whilst also improving your essay-writing skills in the foreign language.

How will I be assessed?

There are three parts to the A Level exam which will be undertaken at the end of the two-year course:-

Component 1: Speaking - 30%.

Assessment conducted by a visiting examiner - 21 - 23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation)

Task 1 - Presentation and discussion of independent research project

Task 2 - Discussion based on a stimulus card relating to one of the themes studied

Component 2: Listening, Reading and Translation - 50%.

Exam 2 hours 30 minutes. Section A: Listening, Section B: Reading, Section C: Translation from German into English and English into German.

Component 3: Critical and analytical response in writing (closed-book) - 20%.

An exam (2 hours) of two essays of approximately 300 words on each of 2 works studied. One is based on a literary work and the second is based on an additional literary work or film from a prescribed list.

For further information, please see Mrs Dutton.