IB Group 2: German
German may be taken as either a Group 2 or Group 6 subject.
The aim is to enable students who already have GCSE German to build on this and learn to use German in a wide range of situations and contexts, for example: at work, in social situations and being able to discuss abstract ideas. Students will become proficient in speaking, listening, reading and writing in German and will gain an understanding of German culture and the importance of good international relations. Media such as radio and television will be used in addition to written sources like textbooks and newspapers.
A range of topics will be covered including social groups, leisure, health, education, work, transport, the media, the environment and globalisation, the future of Europe and the German-speaking world.
Both HL and SL share the same format for both teaching and examination. HL German involves more literary texts and extracts at a more demanding level and longer and harder writing tasks.
Assessment involves recorded interactive and individual orals, examination on text handling and comprehension(reading and writing) and the production of a written text.
Skills gained on this course
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in a range of situations
- Ability to understand and use accurately oral and written forms of the vocabulary and language that are commonly encountered in a range of situations
- An awareness of, and sensitivity to, elements of German culture and the culture of other German-speaking nations.
With the development of the European Union and the increasing possibilities of European job mobility, an advanced knowledge of German will be an asset to students of all subjects, giving them a clear advantage when seeking employment. There is an ever-increasing range of career openings that combine advanced language skills with other areas of expertise.