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German A level builds on the skills developed at GCSE, giving pupils the ability to understand spoken and written German at a high level whilst also providing pupils with the tools to communicate confidently in written and spoken form. As well as building on the technical aspects of learning German, pupils gain the rich culture of the German- speaking world. In preparing for examinations pupils will look at literature, follow the news, and immerse themselves in all aspects of German culture: ranging from art and literature to the latest trends in music. Studying a language to A level requires commitment and a genuine enthusiasm for expanding vocabulary and precision in communication and a willingness to keep reviewing and practising the language. German A level provides a foundation for further study in languages, a rewarding and highly valued life-long skill and insights into how other people communicate in today’s world’.

Pupils will:

  • Develop their spoken German through participation in class debates, role plays and discussions.
  • Develop their understanding of spoken German through watching plays, films and news reports in German.
  • Develop a secure foundation of the key grammatical structures of the language through practice exercises and exposure to more complex rules and patterns of speech.
  • Through preparation for the speaking examination, research an area of interest in the modern German-speaking world, such as aspects of German-speaking society, responses to immigration, German reunification and its consequences.

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