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Albemarle Independent College, 18 Dunraven Street, Mayfair, London W1K 7FE

GERMAN GCSE (Edexcel)

Course Outline

Why choose Edexcel GCSE German?

German

We believe modern languages should be accessible for all students. The new Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in German has been developed to help students of all abilities progress and develop a passion for languages, through culturally engaging content.

Edexcel have listened to feedback from the languages community - subject associations, academics and advisors, together with hundreds of teachers and students - and have developed an engaging and inspirational course of study that will enable your students to manipulate and use the target language effectively, independently and creatively, so that they have a solid basis from which to progress to A Level or employment.

Engaging and popular topics

Our specification includes both familiar and new topics that you have told us you like and that motivate your students.

Manageable content

Our content has been structured across five themes. This flexible programme of study allows time for a focused revision period at the end of the course.

Content and assessments that provide an engaging real-world focus.

The authentic situations and stimuli enable students to see language in context and learn about the culture of the target language country. Our assessments allow for spontaneity and test grammar, as well as providing plenty of opportunities for students to apply their knowledge independently, creatively, and in authentic situations.

The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to:

German GCSE Course Specification

Paper 1: Listening and understanding in German

Written examination
Foundation tier: 35 minutes including 5 minutes reading time; 50 marks
Higher tier: 45 minutes including 5 minutes reading time; 50 marks
25% of the total qualification

This paper draws on vocabulary and structures across all the themes and topics. Students are assessed on their understanding of standard spoken German by one or more speakers in a range of public and social settings. Students will respond to multiple-response and short-answer open response questions based on a recording featuring male and female German speakers.

Paper 2: Speaking in German

Internally conducted and externally assessed
Foundation tier: 7-9 minutes plus 12 minutes preparation time; 60 marks
Higher tier: 10-12 minutes plus 12 minutes preparation time; 72 marks
25% of the total qualification

This paper draws on vocabulary and structures across all the themes and topics. Students are assessed on their ability to communicate and interact effectively through speaking in German for different purposes and in different settings.

Paper 3: Reading and understanding in German then submitted to Pearson for external marking.

Written examination
Foundation tier: 45 minutes; 50 marks
Higher tier: 1 hour; 50 marks
25% of the total qualification

This paper draws on vocabulary and structures across all the themes and topics. Students are assessed on their understanding of written German across a range of different types of texts, including advertisements, emails, letters, articles and literary texts. Students are required to respond to multiple-response and short-answer questions based on these texts.

Paper 4: Writing in German

Written examination
Foundation tier: 1 hour 10 minutes; 60 marks
Higher tier: 1 hour 20 minutes; 60 marks
25% of the total qualification

This paper draws on vocabulary and structures across all the themes and topics. Students are assessed on their ability to communicate effectively through writing in German for different purposes and audiences. Students are required to produce extended responses of varying lengths and types to express ideas and opinions in German. The instructions to students are in German. Word counts are specified for each question.

Introductory Reading
http://www.dw.com/de/deutsch-lernen/landeskunde/s-12377
Easy reader "Ein Hundeleben" (Langescheid Verlag)

Core textbook
Edexcel German for GCSE
Hodder Publications
ISBN-10: 1471858235

German