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COURSE STRUCTURE
For German A level the AQA specification is used and is a 2 year linear course. During the course students will study aspects of German culture and life in the target language. Students will study the following topics:

Aspects of German Society:
Familie im Wandel, die digitale Welt, Jugendkultur, Mode, Fernsehen, Musik, Multiculturalism in German Speaking Society, Einwanderug, Integration, Rassismus

Political and Artistic Culture:
Feste und Traditionen, Kunst und Architektur, das Berliner Kulturleben damals und heute, Deutschland und die Europaïsche Union, die Politik und die Jugend, die Wiedervereinigung und ihre Folgen

Grammar is also an essential part of the course and students will also gain translation skills. Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of themes relating to the culture and society of countries where German is spoken, and their language skills. They will do this by using authentic spoken and written sources in German. The choice of works (literary texts and films) offers opportunities to link with the themes

Literary texts and films
Students will study either one text and one film or two texts from the list below.
Texts

  • Böll: Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum
  • Brecht: Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder
  • Dürrenmatt: Der Besuch der alten Dame
  • Frisch: Andorra
  • Heine: Gedichte – Buch der Lieder
  • Hensel: Zonenkinder
  • Kafka: Die Verwandlung
  • Kaminer: Russendisko
  • Lenz: Fundbüro
  •  Schlink: Der Vorleser

Films

  • Good bye, Lenin!
  • Das Leben der Anderen
  • Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei
  • Almanya – Willkommen in Deutschland
  • Sophie Scholl – Die letzten Tage
  • Lola rennt
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Individual Research Project

Students will have the opportunity to identify a subject or a key question which is of interest to them and which relates to a country or countries where German is spoken. They must select relevant information in German from a range of sources including the internet. The aim of their research project is to develop research skills. Students will demonstrate their ability to initiate and conduct individual research by analysing and summarising their findings, in order to present and discuss them in the speaking assessment. Students may choose a subject linked to one of the themes or sub-themes or to one of the works. As an integral part of both the AS and A2 course, students will also spend time each week talking to the school’s language assistant. This will help students to improve their spoken German and give them regular practice to help them perform their best in the oral examination. Language lessons consist of many activities: apart from reading, speaking, listening and writing using text books, students will have regular lessons in the new language laboratory, where they will use authentic material to enhance their language skills. Other authentic material such as the Internet, newspapers, magazines, films, programmes and songs will also be a fundamental part of the course. Students also have the opportunity to travel to Austria and take part in the Austrian Exchange and attend an A Level Student Film Study Workshops at the Corner House, Manchester.