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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.

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

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

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.

Students have the opportunity to participate in an exchange with Germany at the end of Year 11.

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, bakery or cultural display. Cultural aspects of the German-

speaking countries are woven into daily lessons to enhance grammatical contexts.

Students will start Units 1 and 2 of the Senior German Course in Year 10 with the possibility of

selective students studying Extension German in Year 12

The Universities offer an adjustment factor which boosts University Entrance to any course for

students studying a Senior Language. This gives a competitive edge, especially when applying for

highly competitive courses like medicine, engineering, law and science.