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German Edexcel AS and Advanced GCE

Many 21st century jobs are international jobs. One of the aims of the A Level is to provide an opportunity for pupils to broaden their studies and to acquire the different skills required by many employers. Germany is currently the largest economic partner of the U.K. Studying German in the Sixth Form helps to develop communication skills, teamwork and independence. Many of the pupils at TWGGS go on to spend part of their education and/or career in other European states. A sound knowledge of one or several languages is increasingly important for whatever choice of career pupils wish to embark upon. Be it in the travel industry, media, business, working for an international organisation or in banking, the study of languages, at AS or A Level, will enhance their prospects.

The specification is designed to build on the knowledge, understanding and skills specified for GCSE. It promotes progression and provides a suitable foundation for the study of the subject in higher education or provides direct entry into employment. Pupils will be required to listen to authentic material. The items may include informal dialogue, news items and interviews, talks or discussions of a more formal nature. Pupils will listen on their own personal cassette or CD player and have control of the recordings. The reading and responding part of the examination will also be based on authentic texts which may be in the form of a narrative, interview, informative or argumentative articles. There will be a short translation from German into English and from English into German. The writing exam will be an essay based on the study of a film or a work of literature from the prescribed list of works. The oral examination involves a discussion based on a short written text and a free discussion about a topic area. Both discussions are about topic areas studied during the course. The A Level oral also involves a discussion about an independent research topic.

Teaching is usually shared by two members of staff in each year group, who use a variety of techniques and also encourage pupils to become independent learners and develop habits of listening and reading authentic resources. We aim to provide an additional conversation lesson with a native speaker to further develop their speaking skills. At school pupils will have access to various reading and audio material for independent research. All materials are authentic and regularly updated.


THEME 1: Social Development in Germany

  • Nature and Environment: Environmental Awareness, Recycling, Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living
  • Education: Education and the Situation of Pupils, Repeating Years and Vocational Training
  • The World of Work: Working Life in Germany, Work Ethic and German Businesses and Industries

THEME 2: Political and Artistic Culture in German Speaking Countries

  • Music: Environmental Awareness, Recycling, Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living
  • The Media: TV, Digital, Print and Online Media and the Impact on Society and Politics
  • The Role of Festivals and Traditions: Festivals, Celebrations, Customs and Traditions

THEME 3: Immigration and the German Multicultural Society

  • Integration and Multiculturalism: Foreign Workers, Immigrants, Asylum Seekers, the Advantages and Difficulties of Social Integration and Multiculturalism
  • The Economic and Social Impact of Immigration: Competition for Labour, Access to Work and Housing Options and Increasing Extremism

THEME 4: The Reunification of Germany

  • The Society in the GDR Before Reunification: Communism, Relations with the West, Labour and Housing
  • Germany Since Reunification: Education and the Situation of Pupils, Repeating Years and Vocational Training
PAPER 1: Listening, reading and translation into English written exam. WEIGHTING
This paper draws on vocabulary and structures across all four themes. 40%
PAPER 2: Written response to works and translation into German written exam.  
Pupils will undertake the in-depth study of one film and one literary text, including a translation exercise and two essays. 30%
PAPER 3: Speaking - Internally conducted and externally assessed.  
Task 1 (discussion on a theme) Pupils discuss one theme from the specification based on a stimulus containing two different statements.
Task 2 (presentation and discussion on independent research) Pupils present a summary of the key findings of written sources used for their research, answer questions and have a wider discussion.

Pupils will require a bilingual dictionary (approximately £25), a personal CD player (£20) for independent listening and an annual subscription to a magazine (combining reading, listening and grammar practice) (£18). We are aiming to introduce a study visit to Germany, if there is sufficient interest (approximate cost £500-550.) Pupils are also offered the opportunity to attend valuable conferences in London, usually once a year.

Also see related pages: Curriculum and Prospectus