In this subject students develop theirlistening, speaking, reading and writing skills across a variety of themes togain an understanding of German in a variety of contexts.
Students will developknowledge of German vocabulary and structures, transferable language learningskills and the ability to communicate effectively in German. They will finishthe course with an awareness and understanding of countries and communitieswhere German is spoken.
Students study four common topic areas (Out and about,Customer service and transactions, Personal identification and Future plans,education and work) throughout the two year course for Unit 1 (Listening andUnderstanding in German) and Unit 3 (Reading and Understanding in German).
Pupils also study Media and Culture, Sport and Leisure, Travel and Tourism andBusiness Work and Employment as the main themes for Units 2 and 4, which areSpeaking and Writing in German. Topics and themes are combined throughout thecourse to promote a more cohesive approach to language learning and studentspractise all four skills throughout the course.
Listening and Reading are assessed through end-of-courseexternal examinations which are set and marked by Edexcel. Papers are availablein foundation or higher tiers.
· The Foundation Listening paper is 25 minutesplus 5 minutes reading time whilst the Higher paper is 35 minutes plus 5minutes reading time. Listening is worth 20% of the final GCSE grade.
· The Foundation Reading paper lasts 35 minuteswhilst the Higher paper is 50 minutes. Reading is worth 20% of the final GCSEgrade.
Speaking and Writing are assessed through ControlledAssessments which are set throughout the course but submitted at the end of theGCSE course.
· For speaking students sit two speaking tests(either an open interaction, picture-based discussion or presentation anddiscussion) which last 4 – 6 minutes and which are prepared in advance. Testsare marked by teachers and moderated by the exam board. Speaking is worth 30%of the final GCSE grade.
· For writing students sit two writing tests whichare prepared in advance and they need to write 200 words to achieve a grade C.Tests are set by teachers and sent to the exam board for marking at the end ofthe course. Writing is worth 30% of the final GCSE grade.
The GCSE in German countsas the language component of the E Bacc qualification and is the bestprogression route to study languages at A Level.