Geneva English School

German

German

German is the second most commonly used scientific language in the world. It is the language with the most native speakers in the European Union and the most-spoken language of Switzerland.  Germany is the world’s second-largest exporter and its economy ranks number 1 in Europe and number 4 worldwide. 

The German-speaking world plays one of the most significant roles in the Arts. Indeed, many of the most important contributions to literature, music, art, film and philosophy come from the German-speaking world. 

Knowledge of the language is highly regarded by universities and it is a very logical language with many links to English, making it relatively easy for English speakers to learn. 

In our increasingly globalised society, there has never been a more exciting and important time to be multilingual. 

As a linguist, you develop invaluable skills for life, such as improved memory, multi-tasking and creativity.  You can enrich your life experiences by travelling and connecting with other cultures and you can also access incredible world literature and philosophy. As a German speaker you will be someone who appreciates diversity and is socially responsible, a great communicator. You will be equipped for life in a  globalised society. 

 

Course content

You will further develop your linguistic skills, including spoken, and translation skills. This A Level course allows you to delve deeply into aspects of German-speaking society, such as music, fashion and the digital world. Amongst other topics, you will debate and explore multiculturalism and learn about artistic culture and political life. Topics include:

  • Youth politics, 
  • The consequences of reunification, 
  • Germany and the EU,
  • Art and architecture. 

You study two novels or one film and one novel in-depth at A Level. You will also complete an individual research project of your own choosing which you will debate in detail at the end of the course. 

You will be expected to undertake a visit to a part of the German-speaking world during the course. This will enable you to truly experience everyday life and culture and will prove an invaluable experience to consolidate your linguistic progress. This could be as part of an exchange or a cultural/study tour.

 

Inspirational Starting Point

Die Verwandlung by Franz Kafka

 

Course preparation

Students should already have a sound knowledge of the grammatical and linguistic structures covered at GCSE. 

We recommend that you take advantage of the wide range of media available to keep up to date with current affairs in the German-speaking world. Take every opportunity you have to keep practising your language skills and start exploring German literature. Read books such as Bernhard Schlink’s Der Vorleser and watch films, such as Goodbye Lenin or Das Leben der Anderen.

 

Future pathways

Knowledge of German opens up endless opportunities to study and work all over the world, in a wide range of fields, including law, science, the arts and engineering. Linguists are highly sought after not just for their linguistic ability but also because they have such a breadth of skills, such as problem-solving, risk-taking, decision making and flexibility. 

Careers related directly to learning German include:

  • German teacher or tutor,
  • German translator,
  • Travel and Tourism.
  • Entrance Criteria
  • Exam board & Specification
  • Assessment

Entrance Criteria

Exam board & Specification

Assessment