German – Year 9
German Curriculum for Year 9
Year 9 German
It is strongly recommended that many students take the EBacc (English Baccalaureate) route, which includes taking a GCSE in the language they have been studying since Year 7. For information on the GCSE German course, please click here.
Students not taking the subject to GCSE continue with core German until the end of Year 9. Here, after some revision of the German they learned in previous years, they will move on to talk about, give and justify opinions on clothes, TV and film, and will study a German film, Das Wunder von Bern, bringing opportunities to describe characters, and to learn about Germany’s post-war history. On the topic of holidays, students will discuss the merits of different modes of transport, make travel plans, buy tickets and describe a past holiday.
In these contexts, students will develop their use of the present, perfect, imperfect and future tenses, the accusative and dative cases, and principles of German word order. They will give and justify opinions, make comparisons, use time phrases and describe frequency, use modal verbs and an increasing range of connectives and more complex structures.
The regular completion of homework is essential for students to practise and consolidate the work they do in class. Sometimes, this will be vocabulary-learning, where other family members can help with testing and practising.
Homework tasks, instructions and deadlines are issued on Show My Homework. Students should expect on average one task every fortnight at Key Stage 3, and every week at GCSE.
Progress in MFL
At periodic Progress Review points, students’ grades for assessed work in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing will be aggregated on the MFL ‘flightpath’, showing what they can already do in the language, and what they will be working on to move to the next level.
Students’ grades might initially be lower than for other subjects which have been studied in much greater depth at primary school. However, students and their parents should see their grades go up roughly three sub-levels each year: for example, from ‘1’ at the end of Year 8 (through ‘1+’ and ‘2-‘) to ‘2’ at the end of Year 9).