Head of Department
Mr J Bates
“One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way”. Frank Smith
The importance of foreign language learning is now becoming more essential within our expanding European community and the world of work. With stronger business links with other countries, the ability to use a foreign language is becoming more and more important. The GCSE German course contains three themes which run through all four exam papers:
Theme 1: Identity and culture
Theme 2: Local, national and international areas of interest
Theme 3: Current and future study and employment
The GCSE course builds upon what has been studied throughout Years 7, 8 and 9 and is based on the four key language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing.
The examinations are divided into two levels and students will be entered for the one most suited to their ability. Students will be expected to keep a vocabulary book into which useful phrases, vocabulary and dialogues will be written.
The emphasis is placed equally on the four key skills, with each worth 25% of the final GCSE grade. All skills will be assessed by examination at the end of the course in Year 11. Students of all abilities can choose a language at GCSE and the most able linguists would be encouraged to do so.
GCSE German is an exciting opportunity to build your communication skills and to gain a better insight into the world and cultures around you!
For more information please see Miss Beardsley