German is an extremely popular global language and there are many reasons why you might choose to study German in Sixth Form at MCS.
As Germany has the biggest economy in Europe, you might wish to boost your job opportunities with high-profile companies such as Siemens, BMW, or Bayer. Perhaps you aspire to work in Berlin, aka ‘the Silicon Valley of Europe’, a vibrant international city that is home to a large number of cutting-edge tech companies. You might wish to combine learning German with the study of Biology, Chemistry, or Physics, since German is the second most commonly used scientific language in the world and many research fellowships at prestigious German universities are available to scientists from abroad. Possibly you have an interest in music, theology, history, or philosophy, and wish to engage directly with the works of Mozart, Bach, Luther, Barth, Kafka, Mann, Kant, or Nietzsche.
Whatever your motivation, you will find learning German at MCS to be an intellectually exciting and personally rewarding experience.
The Cambridge Pre-U German syllabus offers a fresh and rewarding approach to learning this modern foreign language. It offers pupils engaging courses that will allow them to develop their confidence and acquisition of a language, and prepare them well for university. The emphasis in the Pre-U is on authentic language and culture – from the news media, radio, television, the internet, film, and literature.
The Cambridge Pre-U Modern Foreign Language syllabus for German aims to:
The course is assessed in four exams, each equally weighted towards the final grade.
Topics in German include the films of Werner Herzog, Germany after 1989, and the Berlin Wall. Texts include Heinrich von Kleist’s Die Marquise von O., Bertolt Brecht’s Der Kaukasische Kreidekreis, and Bernhard Schlink’s Das Wochenende.
Pupils are expected to research and discuss aspects of the history, current affairs or cultures of German-speaking countries. The oral exam will be practised for in individual weekly lessons with the dedicated GermanLanguage Assistants.
In preparation for Sixth Form we suggest that you visit the websites below on a regular basis, watch two or three of the films, and read one of the suggested texts.
|Websites||Deutsch lernen mit Jojo||A fairly easy soap-opera story which has lots of very short episodes. Good for keeping up listening skills.|
|Die Pfefferkorner||A children’s television broadcast but covers interesting topics – will help strengthen listening skills.|
|Langsam gesprochene Nachrichten||Daily news bulletins read clearly and slowly in German, with transcripts.|
|Films||Good bye, Lenin!||In 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma, a young man must keep her from learning that East Germany as she knew and loved it has disappeared.|
|Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei||A German-Austrian crime drama following three young anti-capitalist activists who call themselves ‘the Edukators’, invade upper-class houses, rearrange the furniture, and serve notice to ‘fatcats’ that their days are numbered.|
|Almanya – Willkommen in Deutschland||An analysis of the integration of Turkish culture in Germany follows the story of a family headed by patriarch Hussein, who emigrated to Germany in the ’60s.|
|Sophie Scholl – Die letzten Tage||In 1943, student activist Sophie Scholl and fellow members of the White Rose resistance group work tirelessly to distribute anti-war and anti-Nazi propapanda in Munich. During one such mission, the Gestapo take her and her brother into custody; six days later, Sophie meets her fate.|
|Der Untergang||In 1942, young Traudl Junge lands her dream job – secretary to Adolf Hitler at the peak of his power. Three years later, Hitler’s empire is now his underground bunker. The real-life Traudl narrates Hitler’s final days as he rages against imagined betrayers and barks orders to phantom armies, while his mistress Eva Braun clucks over his emotional distance and other infamous Nazis prepare for the end.|
|Book||MacGregor, Neil||Germany: Memories of a Nation|
|Clark, Christopher||Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600-1947|
|Kolinsky, Eva (ed.)||The Cambridge Companion to Modern German Culture||A collection of essays|
|Boyle, Nicholas||German Literature: A Very Short Introduction|