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.


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 will be set. 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
General Basic ConversationGender
SchoolPresent tense
Free-time and hobbiesDative case prepositions
Home and local areaVerb second word order
Food and drink


Year 8: TopicsYear 8: Grammar
Fashion and ShoppingAdjective Endings
HolidaysThe Future tense
Daily RoutineModal verbs
Describing othersThe Perfect tense
Festivals and celebrationsUsing ‘weil’
The MediaQuestion words

Year 9

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

Year 9: TopicsYear 9: Grammar
Health and fitnessUsing ‘seit’
Going on a tripThe dative
EnvironmentUsing um…zu
School and future plansThe imperative

Trips, activities and clubs

  • In Years 10-11 and Sixth Form there is a cultural trip to Vienna where the students can engage with the German-speaking world outside of Germany and experience the culture and history-rich capital of Austria.
  • There is a lunchtime Years 7-9 clinic run by our friendly Sixth Formers which any Years 7-9 student can attend for some extra support.
  • The department is exceptionally well-resourced, with a library of some 50 modern German films and student access to the full range of AQA material via Kerboodle online.


Ms C Franz MA (Head of German)

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

Mrs Kerstin MA (Language Assistant)