German (Cambridge IGCSE)
Knowledge of one or more languages will be a distinct advantage in our modern world, where international communications are becoming increasingly important.
- Germany is the UK’s most important European trading partner and it is home to numerous international corporations
- As Europe’s most widely spoken native language, German has recently been voted the most sought-after foreign language requested by UK employers. Posts requiring German skills also rank as the highest paid compared with all other languages world-wide.
German is a very logically structured language and has many similarities with English, which makes it a very accessible foreign language for native speakers of English.
In Years 10 and 11 we will develop the four language sills – speaking, listening, reading and writing. The course covers topics already familiar to you such as home life, leisure activities, school life and holidays; as well as issues such as the environment, healthy living and careers. Throughout the course we will use a wide range of resources to help you broaden your knowledge in German. You will receive one weekly conversation lesson in a small group with a native speaker of German as part of the preparation for the oral assessment.
We will be following the specifications of the Cambridge IGCSE certificate. Not only does this offer a highly regarded national and international qualification but also one that places emphasis on transferable communicative skills. The assessment of the two year course consists of separate tests in each of the four language skills, taken at the end of year 11. All four tests are equally weighted (25%).
Why study German?
Studying German in Years 10 and 11 can give you great opportunities for your future if you want to study German at A Level or later at university. If you like a logical language or have enjoyed studying Latin and have a good memory for vocabulary, then German is the right language for you.
Knowing German will also be a distinct advantage if you intend to work within Europe or further afield. German is not only spoken in Germany but also in Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy and Liechtenstein as well as a minority language in many other countries when travelling and holidaying. Beach holidays, skiing or walking in the mountains, mountaineering and climbing, sailing or windsurfing on lakes and city breaks – all these are on offer in German speaking countries.
The German department organises regular trips to visit Christmas markets in towns such as Hamburg, Cologne or Nuremburg and cross curricular trips such as a visit to Berlin in conjunction with the History department. Those taking part in these trips, especially in Year 10, will have a great opportunity to use all their language skills as well as experiencing life in Germany.