It is with great pride that we offer a Germanic language alongside our provision of Romance and Oriental language to a large number of girls from year 7 upwards.
German at City
Many of the most important contributions to literature, music, art, film and philosophy come from the German-speaking world. We share with our students a sense of curiosity and passion for the German language and culture.
Why study German at City?
The German-speaking world has played and continues to play one of the most significant roles in the arts. Many of the most important contributions to literature, music, art, film and philosophy come from the German-speaking world. We share with our students a sense of curiosity and passion for the German language and culture. We go well beyond a purely functional view of language and aim at providing intellectual and linguistic challenges to stretch our students fully.
Our students have access to a wide range of authentic magazines and newspapers as well as to listening materials and numerous online resources. We aim to enable our students to develop a wide and varied vocabulary and excellent grammatical understanding, so that they can successfully manipulate the language and use it creatively. We strongly encourage our pupils to develop their spontaneous speaking and independent learning. We also have a strong focus on self and peer evaluation to help our students become self-aware, independent learners and ultimately to make maximum progress at all times.
"I’ve really enjoyed German A Level, in particular the reading and analysis of literature in year 13. I’m excited to go on to study it at university, and to take every opportunity that comes my way in the future to speak German."
Beyond the curriculum
We offer a varied and enriching experiences to all years. In year 8 and 9, students visit Cologne and have a chance to meet up with the pen pals. We have a year 10 German experience and year 12 work experience exchange to Trier. Trips this year have included: a visit to the National Theatre where we saw Erich Kästner’s ‘Emil and the Detectives’; the Whitechapel Gallery for a lecture on Höch, dada, surrealism and photomontage, Philip Glass’s new opera of Franz Kafka’s ‘The Trial’ at the Royal Opera House; visiting theatre company production of a play in German for years 7-9; Sixth form study day at the BFI on the history of German cinema; lecture by Neil MacGregor about his exhibition ‘Germany: Memories of a Nation’ at the British Museum; A level seminar on Linguistics and the German Youth Language Kiezdeutsch.