GCSE German

What is GCSE German?

Knowledge of a second language is now generally recognised as an indispensable tool, whether for going on holiday or for work. German at GCSE level provides students with the essentials of communication, enabling you to describe events and situations and convey your thoughts and feelings to a basic level and develop knowledge and understanding of German grammar. The content of the course is essentially situation-based, preparing students for various interactive situations such as discussing home and school life, free time, local area, holidays and future career. By examining the four main language components of listening, reading, speaking and writing the course provides a sound foundation in language-learning for all students, whether intending to continue the subject to AS and/or A2 level or simply wishing to extend your skills base for future employment. What students often forget is that the study of a foreign language greatly enhances their understanding of English, broadens their vocabulary and leads to huge improvements in communication and presentation skills - all of which are crucial to success at A level, at university and in any future career.

The Specification

OCR German J731 - Candidates are generally entered for Higher Tier, which allows grades to be awarded in the range A* - D.

Assessment

A711 Listening  45 mins (H) 35 mins (F) exam  20%
A712 Speaking  Controlled assessment  30%
A713 Reading  45 mins (H) 35 mins (F) exam  20%
A714 Writing  Controlled assessment  30%

Course content 

A711 Listening 

  • Listen for, identify and note main points, and take details from spoken target Higher tier
  • Demonstrate an understanding of target language using a range of non-verbal responses, and some short answers in English.

A712 Speaking

  • Communicate in target language on at least two topics - from a list, or of their own choice
  • Interact with target language speakers, expressing and justifying opinions where appropriate.

A713 Reading

  • Read, identify and note main points, and take details from target language text of increasing length, speed and complexity
  • Demonstrate an understanding of target language using a range of non-verbal responses, and some short answers in English.

A714 Writing

  • Communicate on at least two topic areas - from a specified list, or of their own choice • Express and justify points of view in target language where appropriate.

Reading List

AuthorTitlePublisher
Lynn Erler et al.  GCSE German for OCR  OUP 
  GCSE German: The Revision Guide  CGP 

Students must also have a bilingual pocket dictionary; both Collins and Oxford produce user-friendly versions.