National 4 German

The National 4 German course aims to develop literacy skills by giving learners opportunities to read, listen, talk and write in German and to reflect on how this relates to English.  This course enables learners to understand and use German, to apply their knowledge of the language, and to develop planning, research and language skills.

The aim of the course is to introduce German from the beginning and reach high levels of competence in the language in two years. Pupils must have shown some aptitude for languages in order to succeed.

The course will develop pupils’ ability to understand and communicate in German, to develop learning and thinking skills, and enhance their self-esteem. Ideally it will also provide them with the linguistic tools to cope with visiting, living and/or working in a German-speaking country.

The National 4 German course is based on three units:

  • Understanding Language: This is the ability to read and listen to written and spoken German.
  • Using Language: This is the ability to talk and write in German.
  • Added Value Unit: This is the ability to read and listen to German while researching a topic and then write and talk about the topic in a presentation in German.

 

 

National 5 German

The National 5 German course aims to develop literacy skills by giving learners opportunities to read, listen, talk and write in German and to reflect on how this relates to English.  The course enables learners to understand and use German, to apply their knowledge of the language, and to develop planning, research and language skills.

The aim of the course is to introduce German from the beginning and reach high levels of competence in the language in two years.  Pupils must have shown some aptitude for languages in order to succeed.

The course will develop pupils’ ability to understand and communicate in German, to develop learning and thinking skills, and enhance their self-esteem.  Ideally it will also provide them with the linguistic tools to cope with visiting, living and/or working in a German-speaking country.

The National 5 French/German course is based on two units:

  • Understanding Language: This is the ability to read and listen to written and spoken German.
  • Using Language: This is the ability to talk and write in German.

 

Higher German

The Higher course in German gives learners the opportunity to reach a stage where the language is used independently in confident and flexible ways. The course develops communicative competence to a level of some sophistication in a range of situations.

The Higher course consists of the 4 contexts of Society, Learning, Employability and Culture.

Advanced Higher German

The Advanced Higher course in German greatly contributes to the learners’ general education by widening their horizons to encompass some in-depth knowledge of aspects of culture in German-speaking countries. It will also contribute to a wider understanding of how language works.

Learners further develop skills in expressing opinions and exchanging ideas, and begin to consider current affairs issues from the viewpoint of those living in Germany. They learn to compare issues relevant in Germany and Great Britain, and formulate opinions on these. Further options include engaging with the literature or an aspect of the country seen through texts. Learners are expected to keep up-to-date with the latest news in German-speaking countries by regularly accessing foreign language websites.

Course outline:

The Advanced Higher course provides candidates with the opportunity to develop advanced Reading, Listening, Talking, and Writing skills and to develop their knowledge and understanding of complex and sophisticated language in the contexts of Society, Learning, Employability and Culture.

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