A Level German

LEVEL: A Level – Linear

EXAM BOARD: Eduqas

WHY CHOOSE LANGUAGES?
Studying a language will provide you with an engaging and exciting opportunity to build on your previous study of languages. The courses we offer are French and German and through social, intellectual and cultural themes you will be able to develop your linguistic knowledge and cultural understanding of the countries and communities where these languages are spoken. An opportunity to study literature or film will further increase your cultural awareness. A strong focus is placed on building students’ confidence and fluency across all the skills, using topical themes and supported by in-depth analysis of language structures.

AIMS OF THE COURSE
To develop the ability to communicate coherently with native speakers in speech and writing
To deepen knowledge about how language works
To develop an awareness and understanding of other cultures

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

Year 12 topics

Social issues & trends: being a young person in a German-speaking society
• Family structures, traditional and modern values, friendships / relationships
• Youth trends, issues and personal identity
• Educational and employment opportunities

Political, intellectual & artistic culture: understanding the German-speaking world
• Regional culture and heritage in Germany, German-speaking countries and communities
• German, Austria, Switzerland and other German-speaking communities in a European context
• Literature, art, film and music in the German-speaking world

Year 13 topics

As above, plus:

Social issues & trends: diversity & difference
• Migration & integration
• Cultural identity & marginalisation
• Cultural enrichment & celebrating difference
• Discrimination & diversity

Political, intellectual & artistic culture: the making of modern Germany 1989 onwards
• Initial & subsequent process of reunification
• Social cohesion in present-day Germany
• Artistic & political movements
• Economic impact of a united Germany
Plus:

• Grammatical structures (see syllabus for specific details)
• Developing the key skills of listening, speaking, reading & writing in German to an advanced level
• Either the study of 2 German-language books or 1 German-language book and 1 German-language film

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

A level
Component 1: speaking
Task 1 –presentation & discussion of research project
Task 2 – discussion based on stimulus card including image, text & points for discussion in English
Component 2: listening, reading & translation from & into German
Component 3: critical & analytical response in writing
2 essays: one based on a literary text; the other based on either a further text or a film


USEFUL WEBSITES:
www.pinterest.com
http://www.dw.com/en/top-stories/s-9097
www.theday.co.uk
http://www.tagesschau.de/

TRIPS/ VISITS:
Biennnial German exchange (£170)

WHERE CAN LANGUAGES LEAD?
Higher Education & further language study. Many University courses now require a GCSE in a MFL for entry.
World of work: business, commerce & industry, travel & tourism, teaching & research, the law, journalism, the media, catering, translation & interpreting
Leisure & cultural experiences

Sixth Form Prospectus