What will students study in German in Year 8?
Current Year 8 students will broaden their vocabulary and learn a wider range of structures, in order to build extended sentences, refer to past events and future plans and ask and answer questions. Specific topics include account of a holiday, food and drink, shopping and healthy living. All of them observed from a German perspective, as the aim is to equip students with the tools to confidently form language of their own now and to understand the cultural aspects.
We dedicate attention to every detail and ensure students have a solid ground knowledge before we approach more complex content.
From the beginning we teach the grammatical structures of the language and the relationship between sounds, spelling and the ability to communicate. This enables students to become real German speakers as it gives them the tools to manipulate the language for themselves. All our lessons use a mix of listening, speaking, reading and writing. There are opportunities for videos, songs, games and computer-based activities to help bring the language to life and impart an understanding of the German culture. We offer extension activities for more advanced learners.
What are the major assessments this year?
There will be formal end of unit assessments and also three term assessments that will include the previous learning. Each teacher will set ongoing grammar or vocabulary tests and will regularly assess and give feedback on written work. There will also be initial assessments at the beginning of each unit to evaluate students’ prior knowledge, in order to inform the teacher on how best to approach the unit.
What do assessments test?
These assessments will address different skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) as well as vocabulary and grammar.
What are the expectations of my daughter in German?
The course is 4 hours a fortnight for Year 8. Homework consists of often learning vocabulary or grammar, and it is important that students see this as valuable homework. It may also be a written or comprehension activities. Students’ written work is marked carefully ensuring that appropriate feedback is provided with the purpose of enabling the student to improve their work and their understanding of the subject. We purposefully identify the type of error rather than simply writing in the correction. It is expected that students bring a small German dictionary to lessons.
How can I best support my daughter in German?
The best way to support your daughter is by taking an interest in her language learning. It is not necessary for you to know any German, although it is great if you do. Otherwise, asking her to explain what she has been doing in class, testing her on the vocabulary she has learnt, and looking through her work with her will help her consolidate her learning. Support your daughter’s efforts to use her own language in her written and oral work rather than relying on technology such as Google Translate or similar. Electronic translation tools give strange translations and can lead to errors which could be avoided with the use of a dictionary (online or paper). Above all, always encourage and praise her efforts generously!
Whom should I contact for further advice or information?
Please feel free to contact your daughter’s teacher in the first instance or alternatively:
Head of German Mrs Lacey: email@example.com or
Mr Castro as Head of Modern Foreign Languages: firstname.lastname@example.org