Key Stage 3: Years 8 and 9

In Years 8/9 German is taught in one lesson per week.

Lessons are all taught in MFL specialist teaching rooms. Students enjoy learning German through a wide variety of resources including the use of interactive online teaching resources, Echo Express Textbooks, dictionaries and extensive worksheets.

The aims of the Department are:

  • To encourage enjoyment of language learning.
  • To promote interest in Europe and the German-speaking countries
  • To enable students to develop transferable language skills.
  • To encourage pupils to make full use of their German.
  • To foster appreciation of different ways of life, attitudes and viewpoints.

Key Teaching Activities

Via pupil-centred activities and themes, learners are taught the essential language skills of Oracy (Listening and Speaking), Reading and Writing. (AT 1-3 respectively)

The Department uses a wide variety of activities, games and teaching methods to promote enjoyment and learning, independent thinking and motivation. Students take part in numerous pair and group activities.

Assessment Programme

The German department use the Echo Express 1 course book in Years 8 and 9.

Assessments are carried out across the three Attainment Targets. Pupils are assessed in 2 attainment targets per term. They record the National Curriculum Levels achieved and ways to achieve the next level on a grid in their exercise book.

Year 8: Levels 1-4

  • Introducing yourself, including spelling, numbers, age and birthday,
  • Talking about school

Year 9:Levels 3-6

  • Describing yourself, your family and your pets
  • Free time and hobbie

Homework Policy

  • Homework is given once a week, as it is important that the pupil maintains contact with the language during the week.
  • Homework will either be vocabulary learning, a short writing exercise or practice exercises from the “Arbeitsheft” or workbook that each student receives.

Equipment Needed Per Lesson

  • Students will be given a German exercise book, Arbeitsheft (workbook), which will be needed every lesson.
  • A fully equipped pencil case and the student’s planner is also essential.
  • Every student will have a self-evaluation booklet and a copy of the German National Curriculum in their books.

How You Can Help Your Child

  • Show a positive attitude to the benefits of language learning.
  • Help them to learn and revise vocabulary, aloud and in writing. `Little and often’ is the key. Help them with the spelling if you are not confident with pronunciation
  • Encourage them to discuss with you what they have learned.
  • Please check their planner and monitor their progress regularly via their vocabulary test score sheet, Arbeitsheft, assessment record and exercise book.

GCSE German
Why learn a language?

GCSE Languages will enhance the European and global awareness of candidates.

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.


  • The German GCSE continues to develop the 4 skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing already begun in Key Stage 3 German . It is a brand new specification designed to offer learners linguistic skills.
  • In addition, many of the GCSE topics have already been encountered in Key Stage 3 and will thus be familiar to pupils.
  • German is a subject that will continue to be useful to pupils long after the GCSE course has finished, such as in the workplace and on holidays abroad!

What will I do in this subject?

  • Listen, read and respond to different types of language
  • Communicate in speech for a variety of purposes
  • Communicate in writing for a variety of purposes
  • Understand and apply the grammar of the language
  • Use a variety of multimedia resources and audiovisual equipment

Candidates should be able to use language for some of the following purposes:

  • To greet and address someone appropriately in the language
  • To ask for explanation, clarification and help
  • To make apologies
  • To initiate a conversation
  • To express agreement or disagreement

What kind of topics will I study during my GCSE?

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: Travel and holidays, media, social issues (e.g, life of young people today, homelessness, crime, drugs, healthy living, religion, politics),life in the countries and communities where the language is spoken.

German GCSE Summary Of Assessment

Unit 1: Listening (20%) Written Paper:

Approx. 35 minutes (F) approx. 45 minutes (H) 40 marks (40 UMS). Listening Comprehension with non-verbal responses and verbal responses in English/Welsh.

Unit 2: Speaking (30%) Controlled Assessment:

(untiered) 40marks (60 UMS) 2 tasks:

  • Structured conversation
  • Presentation and discussion

Unit 3: Reading (20%) Written Paper:

35 minutes (F) 45 minutes (H) 40 marks (40 UMS) Reading comprehension with non-verbal and verbal responses in English/Welsh.

Unit 4: Writing (30%) Controlled Assessment:

(untiered) 40 marks (60 UMS) 2 written tasks from different contexts.

What are the benefits of Foreign Languages in the “Real World”?

  • By choosing a language at GCSE, you open up many career paths.
  • All employers prefer their employees to speak a foreign language and here is your chance!
  • Due to popular demand for university places, students are being filtered and having a language puts you at the top of the tree.
  • 80% of people have to learn a language for work.
  • Only doctors, vets and dentists have higher employment rates than linguists!

AS/A2 Level

Should I take AS German?

You should consider taking German for AS if you have already followed the GCSE course successfully. German combines very well with any of the options – other languages, sciences, arts and humanities etc.

Why study German?

  • 24% of the EU Population speak German as a first language – a higher percentage than any other EU language
  • A study of German demonstrates good memory and problem solving skills and mental discipline, interest in other cultures and viewpoints and good communication skills. These are all valuable skills required by all types of employer and university undergraduate degrees.
  • Combining German with Sciences or Mathematics shows the breadth of your abilities.
  • 94% of UK language graduates succeed in finding a job really quickly.
  • Germany is one of the world’s top exporters and is annually in the top three countries for GNP. Many British firms do business with German-speaking companies such as Bosch, Siemens, BMW, Adidas, Bayer.
  • 47% of companies have lost business because of language barriers in French and German
  • Germans expect to sell to us in English. They expect to be sold to in German. Even sufficient knowledge to interact on a social level is highly valued by Germans.
  • German is the most spoken language in the EU.
  • After English, German is the most important language for Science and the Internet.

What will I study?

  • The main topics cover: Leisure and Lifestyles, the Individual and Society, Environmental issues and Social and Political Issues.
  • You will continue to develop your skills in Listening and Reading comprehension, Writing and Speaking.
  • You will learn to speak more fluently and debate and analyse issues in German. .
  • You will be taught in a small class with others with whom you will have learned German over the last two years and therefore know well.


  • German will increase your chances of a good career in many areas: journalism, PR, law, business, IT, advertising, banking, international helpdesks, sport, music, tourism, publishing etc.
  • German can also be combined very well with pharmaceutical, scientific and engineering degrees.

What do some past Y12 students think?

  • “It’s not an easy ride but fun nonetheless”.
  • “We study more about Germany itself, the different states, people, culture, attitudes and current affairs”.
  • “Debating in German is good fun”.
  • “The small class makes it easy to ask for help and take part. The class is motivated and this helps your learning”.
  • “It will teach you a lifelong skill”

What does the AS/ADVANCED GERMAN course involve?

AS topics:

  • Leisure and lifestyles: travel and tourism, customs and traditions, sport and hobbies, healthy lifestyles, unhealthy lifestyles smoking-alcohol, drugs, entertainment
  • The individual and society: gender issues, relationships and responsibilities, education, youth culture, the world of work.

A2 topics All the above plus:

  • Environmental issues: nuclear energy, renewable energy, global warming, recycling, transport and new technology.
  • Social and political issues: racism, media, immigration, terrorism, equality issues.
  • Guided studies: one or two topics from:
    • the world of cinema,
    • literature
    • the regions of Germany .

AS Exams:

  • GN1 Oral Examination (12-15 mins)
  • GN2 Listening, Reading and Writing (2 1/2 hours)

A2 Exams:

  • GN3Oral examination (15-20 minutes)

GN4Listening, Reading and Responding, Writing. This paper also includes the study of a film, a book and/or a region of Germany. (3 hours)