Crickhowell High School is committed to international learning and the study of a range of languages.
Following a course in any language should encourage students to derive enjoyment and benefit from language learning, and be inspired, moved and changed by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. Learners should recognise that their linguistic knowledge, understanding and skills help them to take their place in a multilingual global society and also provide them with a suitable basis for further study and practical use of the language.
In German, we use a bespoke range of learning materials developed by the faculty and high quality audio-visual resources. Our teaching rooms are well equipped with data projectors and internet access and a variety of media is used widely in our teaching programme. Students can remotely access worksheets and extra activities, as well as a diverse range of slide show presentations and revision material. In addition, the published course Echo Express is used.
All the equipment needed to study German is provided. However, it is recommended that students purchase a small dictionary for use at home. We also recommend the use of a range of excellent online resources, all of which can be found under the relevant section below.
Students have the option to begin learning German in Year 8. They can choose to study both German and French, but this is dependent on linguistic ability. They will have one German lesson and one French lesson per week. The lessons centre around discussion of general issues, such as:
- Describing yourself, your family and your pets, your passions, the important things and people in your life
- Free time and hobbies
Homework for this early year is set once a week, as it is important that students maintain regular contact with the language. This will either be learning vocabulary, a short writing task, a reading / istening / speaking exercise.
For GCSE, we continue to build on the four skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing already introduced in Year 8. WJEC have introduced a brand new specification, but many of the topics therein will have been encountered in the earlier years and will therefore be familiar.
The GCSE course of study will broadly encompass the following:
- Listening, reading and responding to different types of language
- Verbal communication for a variety of purposes
- Written communicate in writing for a variety of purposes
- Understanding and applying grammar
- The use of a variety of multimedia resources and audio-visual equipment
Students will study a range of topics such as:
- Personal and Social Life: Self, family, friends, home life, shopping, meals, healthy living, illness and accident, free time, fashion, relationships, future plans.
- Local Community: Home town, school, education, local environment, pollution, recycling, local facilities, comparisons with other towns and regions, weather and seasons.
- The World of Work: Work experience, part-time jobs, future careers, technology (sending messages, accessing information).
- The Wider World: ravel and holidays, media, social issues (the life of young people today, homelessness, crime, drugs, healthy living, religion, politics), life in the countries and communities where the language is spoken.
A copy of the syllabus specification is available to download below as well as a more user-friendly version of the WJEC GCSE recommended vocabulary list:
AS / A Level
Studying German at this level can open doors to a good career in many areas, such as journalism, PR, law, business, IT, advertising, banking, international helpdesks, sport, music, tourism and publishing.
The main topics cover social issues and trends, as well as political, intellectual and artistic culture. You will continue to develop your skills in listening and reading comprehension, writing and speaking.
You will also study the film Das Pferd auf dem Balkon” and the literary text Die Physiker.
In summary, the qualification is made up of a total of five units: two at AS and three at A level.
- Unit 1 (AS level) is a speaking assessment
- Unit 2 (AS level) requires students to study a film
- Unit 3 (A level) is a speaking assessment
- Unit 4 (A level) is a combined listening, reading and translation examination
- Unit 5 (A level) requires students to study a literary text from a list of prescribed works
Students will focus their studies into four main areas (2 for AS and 2 for A Level), which will develop their knowledge and understanding of the countries or communities where German is spoken through speaking, listening, reading and writing:
- Social issues and trends— being a young person in a German-speaking society (AS Level)
- Political, intellectual and artistic culture— understanding the German-speaking world (AS Level)
- Social issues and trends— diversity and difference (A Leve
- Political, intellectual and artistic culture— the making of modern Germany, 1989 onwards (A Level)
A copy of the syllabus specification is available for download below together with a brochure describing the A Level course of study in brief:
WJEC Level 1 / 2 Vocational Award in Global Business Communication
This qualification is designed to support the aims of the Welsh Government Global Futures strategy in providing a vocational MFL qualification that will facilitate a learner’s ability to work more effectively in the global economy. It is designed to create independent learners who will develop skills associated with language learning such as problem solving, creativity and literacy, as well as gaining an understanding of the personal benefits of linguistic competence and of cultural awareness.
The course of study is divided up into four units:
- Global Opportunities: Students begin to understand the benefits of languages in a global economy. They will develop skills in searching and applying for jobs overseas and understanding work-related communication in German. The unit is worth 25% of the qualification and is internally assessed.
- Global Travel: Students develop language skills enabling them to effectively plan, organise and undertake work-related travel in German, such as searching for travel options and making bookings and considering Health & Safety factors, whether at an airport, train station or in a hotel. The unit is worth 25% of the qualification and is externally assessed.
- Global Customer Relationships: Students learn to understand the importance of building customer relationships in a global market and develop their customer service skills to respond to enquiries and/or complaints in German. They will learn how to create a positive impression when representing their company globally, taking into consideration cultural factors and conventions, such as formal/informal language, verbal / non-verbal communication and expected cultural norms. The unit is worth 25% of the qualification and is internally assessed.
- Global Sales and Marketing: Students will develop language skills in promoting and selling products and services in German. Marketing strategies play a crucial role in increasing sales globally so employees will need to understand how best to promote their companies’ products or services by developing an effective marketing strategy in German The unit is worth 25% of the qualification and is internally assessed.
Extra-curricular Activities & Clubs
The following table details the extra-curricular activities and clubs available to students studying German:
Here is the link to the excellent Quizlet resource for GCSE German, a lightening fast and fun way to learn vocabulary. It was created by a former Crickhowell student, Emilia White.
The following are some useful dictionary sites / language learning sites / free apps. These are excellent for practising pronounciation and for uilding up vocabulary:
GCSE POD, for which you have a user name and password, is very useful for German revision. There are videos, listening exercises and a variety of materials to help you.
https://www.thisislanguage.com/ is recommended by The Daily Telegraph for German revision. It has a wide variety of foreign language learning videos.
There is also the BBC Bitesize website for GCSE German, which has a range of useful tools for listening, speaking, reading, writing and grammar:
The Goethe Institute has an excellent popKultur page where you can learn German with music.
DW use crime stories to help you to learn / improve your German.
The next website is great for those students new to German. It’s a step-by-step guide created with one goal in mind: to help complete beginners learn German fast.
And let’s not forget that watching television is a great way to boost your language skills whatever your age. For Years 7 and 8 there is a programme called Hallo Aus Berlin (BBC and Goethe Institute). These are a series of 15 minute programmes covering the basics of German with a cast of German teenagers. The programmes are fun and lively with songs.
The BBC Learn German website has a collection of four minute videos, featuring the German comedian, Henning When. They’re very funny and take a lighthearted look at the German language.
For Years 9 onwards, there is a Channel 4 production called Extr@. This is a ‘Friends’-style soap opera comedy designed for German learners.
All TV programmes can also be viewed on YouTube.