At German A level you will learn about aspects of German culture and contemporary society, looking at diversity and the benefits it brings. You will study highlights of German-speaking artistic culture, including francophone music and cinema, and learn about political engagement and who wields political power in the German-speaking world.
Would you like to be able to truly enjoy, understand and discuss a German film in depth and reflect on the issues faced in contemporary German society? Have you ever considered how enjoying an authentic German film can provide an interesting way to widen your vocabulary and develop a range of analytical and critical skills? Would you like to find out more about the issues surrounding multiculturalism in German speaking countries? How successful is cultural diversity and what can be done to promote true integration – is there such a thing? Explore this through virtual and/or real-life encounters. Have you ever been to one of Germany’s many festivals or celebrated Christmas and New Year the German way? Why is the Oktoberfest so successful?
How is this course assessed?
You will explore the influence of the past on present-day German-speaking communities. Throughout the course, you will learn the language in the context of German-speaking countries and the issues and influences which have shaped them. You will study texts and film and have the opportunity to carry out independent research on an area of your choice.
Students will be assessed by sitting two exams and a non-exam speaking assessment.
Paper 1 (2 hour and 30 minutes) will assess listening, reading and writing.
Paper 2 (2 hours) will assess writing from set texts and/or film.
As part of this subject, students can enjoy:
a film and literature study day, film clubs, the opportunity to correspond regularly with a student at our Aachen partner school, trip to Germany, support to organise work experience, national competition opportunities – translation and poetry.