Trinity High School

German

Staff and Responsibility

Mrs S Walton  
Head of Modern Foreign Languages 

Miss M Ene
Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages

Mr J Petit
Assistant Headteacher
Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages

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At Trinity High School we believe that languages are a skill for life and acknowledge that students who are able to speak additional languages are increasing in demand in the modern work force. We are determined to develop risk taking linguistics who are confident about using their language in real situations.

In Year 9, all students are given the opportunity to sample French, German and Spanish before concentrating on just one language from October half term onwards.

Key Stage 4

German GCSE starts in November of Year 9 with the skills and content of the Foundation course.  Students are assessed each half term.

During Year 10 and 11 the skills and content for the Higher course will be taught where appropriate.

Exam Board

AQA German GCSE 

The course is assessed through 4 papers, each worth 25%.  All external assessment is at the end of Year 11.  There will be half termly assessments during the course.

  • Paper 1: Listening.  Questions will be answered either in English or in German.
  • Paper 2: Speaking.  A role play, discussion of a photo card and a general conversation.
  • Paper 3: Reading.  Questions will be answered either in English or in German.  Translation from German into English.
  • Paper 4: Writing.  Translation for English into German and 2 or 3 structured writing tasks. 

Course Content

The course is made up of three themes:

Identity and culture.  Topics such as “Me, my family and friends”, “Technology in everyday life” and “Free-time activities”.

Local, national, international and global areas of interest.  Topics such as “Home, town, neighbourhood and region”, “Social issues”, “Global issues” and “Travel and tourism”.

Current and future study and employment.  Topics such as “My Studies”, “Life at school”, “Education Post-16” and “Jobs, career choices and ambitions”.

Useful Subject and Revision websites

www.linguascope.com – see teacher for passwords
www.languagesonline.org.uk
www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize
www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse/german
www.memrise.com
www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/german-8668

Exam Success

In 2015, 25% of students taking German GCSE achieved grade A or A*.

Key Stage 5

Modern Languages are a Russell Group Facilitating subjects. The Entry Requirement for German is a minimum of a grade B at GCSE.  However, we will always consider individual cases on their merits and students with 5+ good GCSE C grades and above may be interviewed by the relevant Head of Subject staff member and/or one of the Leadership Group to assess their suitability for the course.

Exam Board

AQA A level German.

AS
Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation (German into English) – 45%, 1 hour 45 minutes
Paper 2: Writing – 1 essay and translation (English into German) – 25%, 1 hour 30 minutes
Paper 3: Speaking – 30%, 15 minutes + 15 minutes preparation time

A level
Paper 1: Listening, reading and 2 x translations – 50% of A level, 2 hours 30 minutes
Paper 2: Writing – 2 essays – 20% of A level, 2 hours
Paper 3: Speaking – 30% of A level, 15 minutes + 5 minutes preparation time

Course Content

AS – Social issues and trends, Artistic culture, Grammar, Study of a film
A2 – Social issues and trends, Political and artistic culture, Grammar, Study of a text.

Useful Subject & Revision websites

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/as-and-a-level/german-7662
https://www.goethe.de/en/index.html
http://www.memrise.com

CONTRIBUTION TO SMSC

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural education is a natural focus of MFL due to the nature of the subject.  We teach about people, their relationships and their interactions with others.  Through our use of current authentic materials students are often exposed to cultural differences between the UK and the countries of the language that we are studying.

Spiritual

Pupils in all years study the religious festivals celebrated in other countries. We look at the meaning and significance of these and compare with our own celebrations. This is done in the target language.

Moral

It is important to understand the different societies in the countries which speak the languages we study as well as the words.  We look at stereotypes.  All year groups look at the topic of the environment.  We consider an individual’s responsibility in environmental issues and solutions to problems.  In Key Stage 5 we discuss immigration, poverty, racism and criminality.

Social

We teach students to understand society and the roles and responsibilities of an individual. We achieve this by exploring prejudice, healthy lifestyles, the pros and cons of marriage, homelessness and unemployment.

Culture

We aim to make all of our students understand the meaning, nature and value of our multicultural society.  Through our extra-curricular events we aim to promote this further.  Examples include:

  • Visits to France, Germany and Spain
  • Pen pal exchanges with our partner school in Epernay
  • Participation in European Day of Languages
  • Visits to local universities to participate in Language events

Subject Club

International club runs on a Thursday lunchtime in the Library.  Here like minded students discuss and share their knowledge of other cultures, play games and organise whole school events.  We hope to develop links with schools in other countries during the academic year 2016-17.

Contribution to Wider Curriculum

Developing excellent translation skills in a MFL helps promote literacy standards in English.

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