The German Department strives to ensure that every boy immerses himself in the culture, language, traditions and history of Germany during his study of the German language. We do this by using German as the language of communication in our classrooms and using a range of authentic materials such as age- and gender-specific magazines from Germany, cartoons, songs so that the curriculum is varied and interesting.
Crucially, linguists are in short demand in the UK and it is vital that a healthy number of degree-level linguists go through the university system. We are proud that a large proportion of our A-Level students go on to study German in one capacity or another whilst at University.
Staff Names and Roles:
- Miss J. Laventine – Subject Leader
- Mrs J. Kane – Teacher of German
- Miss A. Whetstone – Teacher of French and German
Useful Websites to support your son’s learning
- www.languagesonline.org.uk – Great for practising vocabulary & grammar.
- www.dict.leo.org – A highly reliable German-English online dictionary.
- www.twitter.com/KEAstonGerman – Keep up to date with the German department’s busy calendar!
- www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/german/ – A very useful German GCSE revision website.
- www.german-grammar.de/ – A website dedicated to German Grammar for English students.
- www.rocketlanguages.com/german/learn/free-german-grammar-lessons/ – Teach yourself extra German in your own time!
- www.thelocal.de/ – German news in English.
- www.spiegel.de/international/ – Current affairs in German and English.
- www.leicht-deutsch-lernen.com/listen-a-lot-to-german-according-to-your-level – Tips to boost learning German!
- www.babadum.com/ – A fantastic website for never-ending vocabulary revision across all topics!
German Blog – http://keaston-german.blogspot.co.uk/
Opportunities outside of lessons
The German department believes that to be successful and motivated in learning the language, as much time as possible must be spent being immersed in German language and culture. We maintain this ethos by offering all students a range of exciting opportunities including:
- An annual German exchange with our partner school in Nauen, North Germany. We visit them in December so that we can enjoy the traditional Christmas markets, and they visit us in March. This is for years 10-13.
- An annual trip to München (Munich) in Bavaria in the Summer term (May). We visit the BMW museum, the Allianz Arena, the fairy tale castle Neuschwanstein set deep in the Bavarian forest, the Olympiapark and Olympic Tower, as well as lots of sightseeing and shopping in the town. This is for years 9 and 10.
- In conjunction with the University of Birmingham we offer various study days and workshops at the University for the 6th form, to enhance their language learning experience and also to give them a taster of degree-level work.
- We have a loyal group of previous students who are always willing to come into school to support on school trips and give presentations about their experience of language learning to our current students.