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    “Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning

    another way to think about things.”

    Flora Lewis

    German offers the opportunity to learn a language as well as consider the experiences of people from other cultures.


    Mrs P. King (Subject Leader)

    Mrs C. Vere

    Mrs D. Wainwright

    Mrs H. Sheikh

    German at DGGS is introduced to our students in Year 8 as their second modern foreign language. Over two years, students build the language and grammar skills needed in Key Stage 4.  The accelerated course allows students to attain the same grade as in French by the end of Year 9.

    Students at GCSE study the EDUQAS course.  The course aims to test how well candidates could communicate in a German speaking country.  All examination tasks are set in authentic situations which they might encounter.  Students are taught in mixed ability groups and they take examinations in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. They benefit from regular speaking practice with the German Language Assistant.

    At A Level, our students study the EDEXCEL course.  The course covers literary, historical and cultural topics and it enables the students to develop their use of complex grammatical structures and the extension of their higher register vocabulary.  In addition to the timetabled lessons, A Level students benefit from individual weekly speaking sessions with the German Language Assistant.

    Students are encouraged to read a variety of texts in German, such as books, magazines and newspaper articles, and watch films or German news online.  Homework and independent study often involves students researching specific topics covered in class as well as preparing for their independent research project at A Level.

    A variety of trips are organised by the German department to support learning across the Key Stages.  Our students benefit from the well-established contact with the Ursulinenschule, a girls’ grammar school in Cologne.  Students in Year 10 have the opportunity to take part in an exchange trip to Cologne.  In addition, A Level students visit the Goethe Institute in London to research their chosen topics for the examinations.  They also spend a day at the BFI in London to study German film.

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