German is a sister language of English and girls pick it up very quickly.
Although students don't start the course until Year 8, by the end of the course they will be as proficient as they are in French and many girls continue it to GCSE.
Why German? It is the mother tongue of more Europeans than any other language, it is widely used in business and technology and, after French, it is in the most demand by British employers.
Year 8 and 9 students follow the Echo Express course which provides scope to practise all four skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing - as well as introducing grammar such as word order, use of cases, adjective endings, use of prepositions and an introduction to present and past tense verbs. Topics include greetings, alphabet and numbers, school, family and friends, leisure activities, your home, and life in the town and country.
German GCSE (edexcel: 2GN01)
2 speaking and 2 writing Controlled Assessments (60%) - 2 exams (20% listening and reading 20%).
In Years 10 and 11 students develop the vocabulary, tenses and grammar to describe events in the past, present and future. They build on their understanding of the five broad topic areas on which the GCSE is based:
- house, home and daily routine
- at home and abroad
- education, training and employment
- media, entertainment and youth culture
- social activities, fitness and health
Students can improve their confidence, fluency and cultural understanding through our German exchange programme.
Our GCSE language students make full use of the state-of-the-art language learning facilities in the Stratford Language Centre.