The German department is a small but thriving department within Modern Languages. The emphasis lies on enabling our pupils to become competent and self-reliant speakers of German. Bucking the national trend, the take-up of German at Worth School is firmly on the up.
There are four highly committed and enthusiastic teachers of German as well as an excellent German assistant for conversation lessons. Class sizes are smaller than average and the classroom atmosphere is very friendly. The German department regularly organises events and outings, including an annual Oktoberfest, Karnevalparty and Christmas celebrations, and puts on German plays.
YEARS 7 & 8
Currently there is no provision for German in Year 7, but where possible we cater for bilingual students or students who have studied German before.
The German course in Year 9 is a beginners' course. The language is taught with a strong focus on oral expression in view of the fact that we want to see our pupils in a position to gain the most from and feel absolutely comfortable about.
YEARS 10 & 11
We currently use the Edexcel board for our IGCSE course and our goal is to put all our Germanists in a position where they can express most of their thoughts and ideas. Year 11 travel to Berlin during October half-term to learn about German history and practise their German conversation skills.
Students can take German as an International Baccalaureat (IB) or A Level subject.
At IB we offer Higher and Standard Level German classes for native speakers (Language A Literature) as well as non-native speakers (Language B).
Due to the growing numbers of native Germans, we are now offering SL and HL in Language A. This course is at the same level as German literature would be taught in Germany and offers a deep insight into the language.
The focus of the German B course is on developing further their knowledge of German culture and society as well as their spoken proficiency. At Higher Level they will also be introduced to German literature. The native speaker course combines the study of German literature with a socio-cultural analysis of language and how language changes over the centuries. Both are fascinating courses, much enjoyed by students and the teachers alike.
At A Level we follow the new linear AQA A-Level course. Similar to the IB, the students attend a conversation lesson once a week and the emphasis of the course is based on the acquisition of the German language through studying a variety of topics as well as film and literature.