Students can opt for German in Year 8, continuing until the end of Year 9 or up to GCSE.
We use a new, modern course which incorporates recorded and visual material supplemented with readers and material from other sources. We train students in reading, speaking, listening and writing skills and offer a good grounding in grammar. Above all we wish to make their study of German interesting and enjoyable. Regular use is made of the ICT suite and the new language facility. Pupils from Year 11 onwards have regular conversation lessons with the German Assistant who also runs the German Club.
At AS and A2 we follow the AQA specification. The emphasis is on developing linguistic skills through the study of German culture, literature and institutions, and through independent study and research. The Department has a large stock of books, magazines and DVDs which students may borrow. They also have access to on-line resources.
We do a joint Exchange with the Boys' Division, our partner school being the Hardtberg Gymnasium in Bonn. Years 9-11 and Sixth Formers regularly take part in this Exchange. Some have also undertaken work experience in Germany. There is a popular five day visit to the Rhineland for Year 8, which provides an enjoyable introduction to the German way of life. Year 11 students and Sixth Formers are invited to participate in our German Study Weekend at Patterdale, which takes place in March, and in events such as Language Days at Salford University and film evenings with conversation over coffee and cakes!