Languages - German

Sixth Form curriculum

A two-year course leading to A-Level in German is taught in the Sixth Form to pupils who have achieved a Grade A or A* at IGCSE, or who have achieved standards of linguistic competence commensurate with those qualifications. Each set is taught by two or three teachers, with twelve periods a fortnight allocated. In addition, each pupil has one period per week with a German assistant. Pupils use the AQA A-Level German textbook and the accompanying online resources. Alongside this, they study Friedrich Dürrenmatt's play Der Besuch der alten Dame and the film Good Bye Lenin! for the AQA A-Level examination, sat in the summer of the Upper Sixth.

Each teacher normally sets approximately one and half hours of work per week to be completed outside the classroom, giving a total five hours. Staff are careful to ensure that deadlines for the submission of work are realistic in view of pupils' commitments, and normally a week's notice is given for anything other than a minor piece of work; more than a week's notice will be given for a major piece of work.

Written work is marked by teachers as soon as possible after it is completed. All mistakes are indicated, and all are corrected by the teacher except those which, in the teacher's opinion, the pupil concerned can easily and accurately correct him or herself, or those which the teacher considers unimportant at the learner's linguistic level. Pupils' correction of written work is done according to the instructions of each individual teacher, and with the aim of increasing accuracy and range of written expression. There is deliberate flexibility here, to allow for the most appropriate method to be used according to each pupil's needs.

The Modern Languages departments follow School policy on recording and reporting. Two written reports are sent to parents each year. Parents also have the opportunity to meet their child's teacher at least once a year at a parents' evening. In addition to the continuous recording of achievement in individual teachers' mark books, regular formal and informal assessments are carried out in each language and results are monitored by Heads of Department.