German

Overview

Germany possesses the largest economy in the European Union and the third largest in the world. Germany remains at the heart of global politics. Knowledge of German gives students a competitive advantage and will help them understand both the language and culture of our German neighbours.

Beyond the obvious advantages of being able to trade in the mother tongue of one of our closest economic partners and communicating with the 100 million plus German speakers worldwide, German is an extremely useful language to learn because its similarities to English make it surprisingly straightforward.

Every student at Eltham College will have the opportunity to learn German from Year 7, with the possibility of continuing to GCSE and beyond. On average, more than a third of the year group opt for German as their GCSE language.

Curriculum

For Years 7-9 we will be following the ‘Stimmt!’ course endorsed by Edexcel which ties in with the iGCSE, should students choose to continue with German. This course has extensive support material online and students will be able to consolidate their vocabulary learning through the use of memrise.com.

In Year 7, students have two lessons per week of German and one piece of homework will be set. In Year 8, they will have three lessons per week and one piece of homework. Students will build their grammatical understanding steadily over the academic year and will broaden their vocabulary through the study of a variety of topics including:

Year 7: TopicsYear 7: Grammar
Introducing yourselfThe present tense (regular and irregular verbs)
Family and petsArticles
Free time activitiesThe nominative and the accusative
School lifeAdjectives
HolidaysUsing ‘man kann’
Using ‘gern’
Word order
Using ‘weil’
Using ‘es gibt + k/ein’
Using ‘ich möchte‘
Year 8: TopicsYear 8: Grammar
HolidaysUsing ‘war’ and ‘hatte’
The media (TV, films, books)Using the perfect tense
Healthy lifestylesModal verbs
Going on a tripReflexive and separable verbs
Going out in the townThe imperatives
Adjectives
Using ‘wenn’
Using the future tense

Year 9

In Year 9, students have three lessons per week and two pieces of homework. Students will study a variety of vocabulary and grammar topics including:

Year 9: TopicsYear 9: Grammar
Role modelsObject pronouns
MusicUsing ‘seit
Future plansSeparable verbs in the perfect tense
My childhoodUsing ‘um…zu’
Rules and regulationsDual case prepositions
Using ‘als’
Comparatives and superlatives
Using ‘weil’

Trips, activities and clubs

  • In Years 10-11 and Sixth Form there is a cultural trip to Berlin or Vienna where the students can engage with the German-speaking world outside of Germany and experience the culture and history-rich capital of Austria.
  • The department is exceptionally well-resourced, with a library of some 50 modern German films and student access to the full range of Pearson online support materials.

Staff

Ms C Franz MA (Head of German)

Mr F Meier MA (Assistant Head – Head of Lower School)

Mrs Hazeldine (Language Assistant)