Why choose German?
Gain an in-depth knowledge of German culture and learn to speak the language fluently.
If you dream of speaking a foreign language fluently and impressively and perhaps even working abroad, studying German will bring this ambition within your grasp and it will equip you with a variety of unique skills that will be invaluable in the future. You will become a more knowledgeable and informed person and debates and discussions in the classroom will give you a broad perspective on a wide range of issues and topics. You will gain an in-depth knowledge of the culture and contemporary society of Germany. Topics include: media, popular culture, relationships and family, healthy living and lifestyle, current social issues, multicultural society and the environment.
We offer a choice of homework activities to develop your cultural interests and language skills at your own pace. There are native Foreign Language Assistants working in the Modern Languages department who are available to help and support you with small group conversation work. There will be the opportunity for you to take part in a work-experience exchange to Hamburg and there is also a German Society which is run by students.
If you want a mix of activities in lessons and an intellectually stimulating course with a strong practical application, you will enjoy this subject. You will be amazed at the progress you can make. Experience the freedom and thrill of stepping into another culture!
“German has been an interesting subject to study as you can really see how your ability develops over the two years. There’s lots of opportunity for reading and listening to texts about things you enjoy during independent study. Lessons are such that you can develop your speaking and listening and writing skills and the teachers are available at lunchtime surgeries to go through any grammar points, which you may not have fully understood.”
This course involves:
- Lots of pair and small-group speaking practice in lessons
- A weekly conversation class in a small group with a Foreign Language Assistant
- Working in the language lab at a pace to suit you
- Writing in different styles
- Reading newspaper and magazine articles
- Watching films and the daily news
- Debating contemporary topics and social issues
- Researching on the internet
- Choosing from a huge range of resources to practise your skills and extend your interests at your own pace
- Reading and discussing literature in short extracts (AS) and texts (A2).