German Year 8
Students build upon their knowledge they have acquired in Year 7. The future tense is explained and the perfect tense (past) is introduced. The Department follows the Secondary Strategy’s MFL Framework, which promotes confidence in all students through an ownership of learning skills. Students work with the textbook “Echo 2” and receive an exercise book.
What is studied:
- Die Ferien ( Holidays)
- Einkaufen und Essen (Shopping and Food)
- Nach der Schule (After school) : Freetime activities
- Gesundheit (Health)
- Wir gehen aus (We are going out)
- Austausch (Exchange)
The language-learning skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing are developed. Grammar is introduced, building on students’ primary school Literacy work.
Students are taught in mixed ability groups
Class size is usually between 20 to 26 students.
Lessons are interactive and tailored according to the groups needs. Language skills are practised using a variety of activities: listening to native speakers, CD’s, DVD’s, ICT, games, songs, projects and reading.
This reinforces class work. It is important to recognize that preparation for a speaking task or learning for a vocabulary test is given as much time as a writing or reading homework.
There are normally assessments in the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms, covering all four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing.
How parents/carers can help:
It is really not necessary to know any German at all. Please test your child on vocabulary, encourage her to speak any German words or speaking presentations aloud to you or allow your child to teach you or a younger member of the family a few phrases. Look through and discuss topics/ comments in your child’s exercise book. Research the following websites for suitable exercises:
http://www.linguascope.com - beginner