German

Subject Overview

Learning a foreign language gives us an opportunity to connect with people around the world and visitors on our doorstep, and to connect with their cultures. Language learning can boost a career, but it also develops self-confidence and a much needed global perspective. 100 million Europeans have German as their first language, and German is particularly strategic for business.

German is offered at Year 7 at beginners’ level. Able students can achieve GCSE German at the end of Year 9. We also offer FCSE at this point. Various bespoke routes are available for students opting for a modern foreign language in years 10 and 11 to build on their previous achievement and to prepare them for future learning and language use. Students can opt to pick up a German in Y10 from scratch and complete an IB ab initio certificate at the end of Y11. In Sixth form, German can be taken as a post-GCSE course at higher or standard level or as a standard level beginners’ course. We also offer German A-level, which can be started either in Year 10 or Year 12.

We cater for native speakers, particularly through the IB German A Language and Literature course, which fulfils a key requirement for German university entrance, and a pre-IB course to prepare students at Kent College to start the Language and Literature course.

All students in Year 9-13 have weekly speaking lessons with our native German Assistant. In recent years we have run trips to Christmas markets, Berlin and Esslingen and we use a range of online resources to bring German-speaking cultures into the classroom. Our students visit the careers fair organised by the German Embassy and the DAAD in London and recently took part in the Goethe Institut debating competition.

KS3 GCSE iGCSE Pre A level / Pre IB IB A Level Cambridge Technical Pre U

What skills will I learn?

Ability to communicate in German; generic communication skills including focuses on listening and grammatical accuracy. Knowledge of the cultures of German-speaking countries; Native speakers learn to study literary and non-literary texts, including film texts, and extended creative and analytical writing.

Trips

Recent trips have included trips to Christmas markets, Berlin and Esslingen and we use a range of online resources to bring German-speaking cultures into the classroom. Our students visit the careers fair organised by the German Embassy and the DAAD in London and recently took part in the Goethe Institut debating competition. We took our Y8 class last year through the woods neighbouring the College to communicate the culture of the German fairy tale and pupils learn about the German tradition of Easter egg painting in the classroom. We are developing a link with the Praxismittelschule in Vienna and our Y9 class took part in an initial skype lesson with the school last month.

Clubs

Students use the German Clinic to consolidate classroom learning, especially in preparation for public examinations, and to develop German as a skill for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Students are currently preparing to take part in the Linguistics Olympiad in February 2020.

The next step..

Language can be combined with any academic discipline and many careers to add a global perspective and international opportunities or taken as a subject on it’s own, leading to opportunities in business and beyond.

Meet the Head of German

Franziska Payer Crockett, Teacher of German

I am a German native speaker, having completed my Masters in German Literature and History at the University of Augsburg in Southern Germany. My working life in Germany revolved around publishing houses specialising in literature and history. When I arrived in England twenty years ago, I continued working in publishing until my path led me to Kent College. I started working for the school as the German Language Assistant, preparing the students for their oral exams and then took on the position as the IB teacher for German Language and Literature. I find it truly fulfilling as literature guides us readers to reflect on life in the most surprising way! From September 2020 I have also been teaching German Language Acquisition. It is my delight to introduce students not only to a foreign language but to a different culture and for the students to realise that once you open your eyes and ears to a different perspective and sound, that there is no end to an exciting journey! I find it hugely rewarding to mentor students, to let them unfold their wonderful potential.

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