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Our German department has expanded greatly at KS3 over recent years and now has good uptake at KS3, KS4 and KS5. The majority of groups are taught by native speakers. We use a variety of teaching strategies to help learners acquire German in an environment where the target language is used as much as possible. The department is very well resourced. We use Stimmt as our main course book at KS4 and supplement it with a variety of other resources: all our classes are equipped with textbooks, dictionaries, and interactive whiteboards, which enable us to teach interactive lessons with Stimmt Active Teach. Lessons are fun and encouraging learners to speak German is one of our main priorities. Homework is particularly important if what has been practised in class is to be remembered over a longer period of time. Homework is set every lesson and consists of either a written task or a learning exercise. A vocabulary list is available for each module to help with homework. Learners who experience problems with their homework are encouraged to go and work with their German teacher, at lunchtime. There are many Internet sites to learn German on line, but we recommend www.languagesonline.org.uk, and www.memrise.com in particular.
The German Department has run recent successful trips to Vienna and Cologne, and further visits are planned.
For further information, please contact Ms Klingler, Head of German
Whatever plans you may have for the future, knowledge of German will increase your options. When you learn German you acquire a range of skills which can improve the quality of both your work and private life:
Business: Knowing the language of your German business partners improves your relations and therefore your chances for effective communication and success.
The global career: Knowledge of German increases your job opportunities with German and foreign companies in your own country and abroad. Proficiency in German helps you to function productively for an employer with global business connections.
Tourism and hospitality industry: Tourists from German-speaking countries travel wide and far, and are the world’s biggest spenders when on holiday. They appreciate to be looked after by German-speaking staff and tour guides.
Science and Research: German is the second most commonly used scientific language. Germany is the third largest contributor to research and development and offers research fellowships to scientists from abroad.
Communication: Developments in media, information and communication technology require multilingual communicators. A wide range of important websites are in German and worldwide, Germany is ranked number 5 in terms of annual publication of new books. Knowledge of German therefore offers you extended access to information. [Wikipedia, 2014<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Books_published_per_country_per_year>]
Cultural understanding: Learning German provides you with an insight into the way of life, and the hopes and dreams of people in German speaking countries, broadening your horizon.
Travel: Make the most of your travels not only in German-speaking countries, but in many other European countries where German is widely spoken, especially in Eastern Europe.
Enjoyment of literature, music, art and philosophy: German is the language of Goethe, Kafka, Mozart, Bach and Beethoven. Indulge in reading and/or listening to their works in their original language.
Opportunities to study/work in Germany: Germany awards a generous number of scholarships and other support to study in Germany. Working holiday visas are available for young foreigners from a range of countries, and special visas are offered to skilled workers and professionals.