German Years 9 & 10
German has a direct relationship with English, having evolved from the same family of European languages. Many German words look and sound similar to English words, and this helps make learning German an achievable and enjoyable experience. German-speaking countries have a major role in both European and world affairs. They are at the forefront of scientific and medical research, technology, telecommunications and trade.
The Years 9 and 10 German course is a continuation of the Year 8 course and builds on the skills and knowledge students have already acquired. It leads into the senior courses in languages and must be studied in years 9 and 10 to enter the senior Continuers and Extension courses. For that reason intending students are reminded that if they want to have the option of continuing their language studies in senior school they must select German as a 200 hour course. In general students should elect to continue the language they have already chosen in Year 8. It may be possible for students to take up a second language or change languages. Students should discuss this with their Language teachers.
Students will develop a wide range of key competencies, which reflect the core processes in learning German. These include: analysing and organising information / communicating ideas and information / planning and organising activities / working with others / solving problems.
As well as language skills, students learn about the different viewpoints, customs and traditions in German-speaking communities. The study of German fosters the ideal of respect for others and students will learn to appreciate and interact with people of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. They can experience the cultural diversity though activities both inside and outside the classroom, including opportunities for overseas exchange with our German sister school.
Main Topics Covered:
•Leisure - talking about weekend plans, saying what you can/cant do, offering to help.
•Music - discussing music and performers, the German pop scene, magazines and groups.
•Making Plans - asking/saying what you'd like to do, suggesting places to go, expressing preferences, planning a picnic.
•Home and Family - describing rooms and furniture, saying where things are, talking about family members.
•Holidays - discussing holiday plans, train travel, saying what you have done/have to do.
•Clothes - saying what people wear, giving opinions.
•Shopping and Food - asking and giving directions to shops, buying food, talking about your diet, German food and recipes.
•Culture - Regional diversity of Germany, focus on Bavaria (Munich and Nürnberg).
•Celebrations - shopping for clothes, describing clothes and costumes, describing people, inviting people to a party, giving and receiving presents.
•Eating Out - ordering from a menu, saying how something tastes, saying what you're allowed to do.
•Tourists - talking about places in a town, giving locations and directions, saying where you come from / languages you speak, talking about places of interest, comparing hotels.
•Leisure - talking about sports and hobbies, saying how you keep fit, talking about past experiences, television programs, giving reasons and opinions.
•German-speaking Communities - traditional festivals, Austria and Austrian German, Berlin, Hamburg and the Black Forest, German companies and products.
If you require more information please contact:
Frau E. Arch