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Stratford Girls' Grammar School Stratford-Upon-Avon
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German

Course Type:

Modular

Exam Board:

 AQA

Requirements:

A* or A in German
(GCSE Level)

Aims of the course 

  • To develop an understanding of German in a variety of contexts.
  • To develop a knowledge of the vocabulary and structures of the language.
  • To develop transferable language learning skills.
  • To develop the ability to communicate effectively in the language.
  • To develop awareness and understanding of countries and communities where the language is spoken.
  • To offer enjoyment, a sense of achievement and intellectual stimulation.

What will I learn? 

  • Develop the knowledge and skills acquired at GCSE level and therefore use German in a wide range of contexts
  • Gain a useful insight into another culture and reflect on various aspects of contemporary society. The cultural topics are:  
  • Enhance your employment prospects, facilitate foreign travel and experience the enjoyment and motivation of improving your linguistic level.

Highlights 

  • Learning a foreign language develops a variety of skills: communication, presentation, problem solving, organisation, independence and many more
  • Students benefit from nine hours of teaching every two weeks in addition to a one-hour conversation lesson with a language assistant from the beginning of October until May.
  • The Modern Foreign Language Department has a language laboratory equipped with the latest technology and resources to support the independent learning of our students.
  • Our A-level students can also take advantage of a range of reading and listening resources to maximise their learning.
  • There is the opportunity to undertake work experience in Munich organised by a group of schools in Coventry and South Warwickshire. The students normally do work experience in a Kindergarten.

Future Opportunities 

An A-level in a Modern Foreign Language is an asset which is very highly prized by higher education institutions and by employers. According to the CiLT – the National Centre for Languages - 
  • 60% of UK trade is with non-English speaking countries
  • Customers addressed in their mother tongue are three times more likely to buy.
 
It is no surprise therefore that students with A-levels in a Modern Foreign Language have improved employability by comparison with their peers who have not studied a language.