Why learn German?
- There are around 100 million native speakers of German in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, making it the most frequently spoken language in Central Europe.
- There are large numbers of German firms with subsidiary offices in the UK, e.g BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Porsche, Volkswagen, Haribo, Adidas, Nivea, Siemens, Playmobil, Staedler, Faber-Castell, Lufthansa, T-Mobile, Bosch, Miele and so on. They are all crying out for English people with German language skills.
- A knowledge of German is therefore important in the world of business, especially as Germany has the largest and most thriving economy in Europe.
- German gives you many opportunities for combined degrees, e.g. Law and German, Business Studies and German, Engineering and German
- German and English are both Germanic languages and are therefore related. You will notice how similar many words are when you learn the language
Study Visits Abroad
For older students (Years 10-13) we offer a visit to Berlin where students are able to experience the recent history and changes in Germany at first hand. Berlin is one of the most visited cities in Europe. More than 20 years after reunification, it is still changing all the time. This vibrant city offers something for everyone. It is full of history and museums as well as art, culture, shopping and greenery to explore. The girls experience four fun-packed days that cater for all interests. The sights that we visit include the Reichstag Dome (planned by Sir Norman Foster), remains of the Berlin Wall (known as the “Eastside Gallery”), the Brandenburg Gate, the Jewish Museum as well as a boat tour of the River Spree.
We currently follow the AQA A-level syllabus. Students develop their knowledge and understanding of themes relating to the culture and society of countries where German is spoken, and their language skills over the 2 year course. They will do this by using authentic spoken and written sources in German. They will also have individual time with the German assistant and will develop their communication and translation skills. The topics covered include the German speaking society, multiculturalism in German society, political issues and festivals and traditions. Students will also study a piece of literature and film in German. There are opportunities for students to also take on an independent research project about a topic which interests them about the German language and culture.
In Year 13, students study immigration, integration and multiculturalism within Germany and the German-speaking world. They also study the history of Germany and analyse a film. At the end of the course, students are assessed on their listening, speaking, reading, writing, translating and research abilities. Again, the German assistant plays a vital role in Sixth Form lessons as the students prepare for their oral examination.