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Why study German?

Refer to Language information on Page 14.

What is studied in German?

After a general introduction in Year 8, where speaking skills and the cultural background of German-speaking

countries is emphasised, our focus on fluency in both spoken and written German is maintained in Years 9 and

10. Gradually, more grammatical accuracy and comprehension in written German is demanded and a

significant part of each lesson is conducted in German. The use of computers and DVDs enhances the learning

and students are encouraged to read magazines and books in German.

Topics and situations studied are relevant and interesting and include shopping, food, celebrations and

invitations, travel, holidays, entertainment, health and the states of Germany.

Students will have the opportunity to participate in extra curriculum activities such as outings to a German


Successful completion of Year 9 and 10 German is a pre-requisite for participation in the bi-annual, optional St

Rita’s trip to Germany, Austria, France and Belgium.

As well as the use of videos, computers and magazines, German language learning is enhanced by various

extra-curricular activities. These include participation in competitions and other appropriate outings e.g.

visiting a German restaurant or cultural display. Cultural aspects of the German-speaking countries are woven

into daily lessons to enhance grammatical contexts.

Language skills are cumulative and therefore a consistent effort with regard to homework and revision of daily

lessons is required of students.