We seek to instill in girls a love for German and an awareness of its importance in an increasingly globalized society. We ensure that our students will be able to communicate effectively whilst at the same time developing and awareness of grammatical structures. We also encourage them to develop and understanding of cultural aspects of German speaking countries and to extend their learning experience through authentic materials, extra-curricular activities as well as trips and exchanges.
WHY IS GERMAN EXCITING AT CLSG?
We share with our students a sense of curiosity and passion of the German language and culture. Wherever possible we go beyond a purely functional view of language and aim at providing intellectual and linguistic challenges consistent with the abilities of the girls we teach. Audiovisual and ICT resources are used in every lesson and all exam classes are timetabled in our multimedia language laboratory once a week. Our students are issued with authetic magazines and newspapers as well as listening materials and access to websites for independent learning. We offer the opportunity to establish links with pen friends, a Rhineland trip for Year 8 and 9, an exchange to Trier for Year 10 and a work experience exchange to Trier for Years 12 and 13. Our students also enjoy an annual German play. Sixth Form students have the opportunity to attend a German conference.
YEARS 7 - 9
In Years 7-9 lessons contain a wide variety of activities. The students learn to describe themselves and their families, their interests, daily routine, their environment and talk about and prepare visits to German-speaking countries. They also learn to use different time frames describing past holidays and activites and future plans. The students have the opportunity to watch a German play and have access to a wide range of authentic materials such as magazines and graded readers.
YEARS 10 and 11
In Years 10 and 11 students continue to develop their comprehension and communication skills as well as their awareness of grammatical structures. They regularly practice their speaking skills with the German Assistant and are encouraged to participate in the Year 10 exchange to Trier. The girls also gain an insight into the culture and civilisation of German speaking countries through extra-curricular clubs and societies.
At Sixth Form we aim to enable our students to communicate confidently, imaginatively and accurately and to develop a keen awarenss of contemporary society, culture and current affairs. The students study a range of topics as well as lterature. They have regular grammar and conversations lessons and are encouraged to explore current issues and individual areas of interest with the help of newspapers, magazines, TV, websites and films.
We encourage our Sixth Form students to take part in our work experience exchange with the Auguste Viktoria Gymnasium Trier or to visit a German-speaking country for as long as possible. We continue to promote competitions and opportunities for our students to go abroad. In recent years, two Year 13 girls participated in a Popkultur festival organised by the Goethe Institut, a Year 12 student won a place on a two week course in Germany and a Year 10 student enjoyed a four day Rhineland trip.
GCSE - AQA
A Level - Edexcel
RECENT TRIPS/LEARNING ACTIVITIES
We offer the opportunity to establish links with pen friends, a Rhineland trip for Year 8 and 9, an exchange to Trier for Year 10 and a work experience exchange to Trier for Years 12 and 13.
Students have the opportunity to attend a German play.
Sixth Form students have the opportunity to attend a German conference.
Head of Department
Mrs W Potter