This course is designed for students who have no prior knowledge of the language, while making provision for those who are continuing from the Year 8 Middle School programme. This is an accelerated beginners’ course that allows students the opportunity to take up the language whilst preparing them well for future study in German. The course is particularly suited to students with proven linguistic ability. Students who have done the Year 8 Beginners’ course in German at Corio will enhance their knowledge through the more formalised approach in the Year 9 course, particularly regarding grammatical structures and usage. The course content is cumulative in nature and commitment from students in the consistent revision and building on the language is imperative.
The four macro skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing are developed through the combined use of the Klasse 1! Textbook, its supplementary workbook and a collection of diverse activities and resources comprising various forms of media.
Major topics include: family, school, hobbies and interests, food, shopping, around the home and around town. The course offers authentic models of spoken and written language and an insight into the culture of young German people.
A combination of classroom activities such as, small group tasks, role-plays and games, reinforces the vocabulary and grammar instruction covered throughout the course. Classes are often divided into groups to target differing learning abilities, with groups working closely with the native language assistant in either remedial or extension tasks. By the end of the year, students are able to engage in everyday conversation, listen and read for specified items of information and write paragraphs of several linked sentences.
1. Listening Skills (25%)
2. Reading Skills (25%)
3. Speaking Skills (25%)
4. Writing Skills (25%)