German

The Junior Certificate German Examination syllabus aims to develop pupils’ ability to understand and use the language effectively for purposes of practical communication. Pupils’ understanding of grammar and language awareness, as well as of language learning is developed.

The course offers the pupils insights into the culture of German-speaking countries and communities, while encouraging positive attitudes to foreign language learning and to speakers of foreign languages. Pupils’ understanding of themselves and their own culture is also thereby enhanced. Pupils prepare for their Junior Certificate German Examination in 3 Assessment Components: Listening, Reading and Writing.

The Syllabus for the Junior Certificate German Examination is topic based, and includes such topics as Family, Holidays, Home Life, Daily Routine, School, Hobbies and Work. The course provides a firm base for the acquisition of language skills required for study at Leaving Certificate Level

 

Assessment

Listening (43.75%). Pupils will be expected to extract specific information from a range of recorded material. Responses will be required in English.

Reading (31.25%) Pupils will be asked to identify and extract specific information from written material. They will be 2required to demonstrate understanding with answers written in English.

Writing (25%). Pupils will be asked to complete written tasks of varying length. They will be required to demonstrate the use of an appropriate range of vocabulary, grammatical structures and tenses.

Transition Year

The activities in German class in Transition Year allow pupils to consolidate their knowledge of the language, while further increasing their familiarity with German-speaking countries. Pupils benefit from a year free from the constraints of a State examination syllabus to develop their competencies in the language by undertaking lots of oral work, project work, study of films in the German language and ICT language activities, all of which ensures they are ready to undertake their preparation for the Leaving Certificate Examination.

Students who study German at Leaving Certificate Level develop further their knowledge of the language, their language skills and their understanding of the culture, history and contemporary society of the countries where German is an official language. They have access to the Internet and are encouraged to read German newspapers and periodicals.

Assessment at Higher Level

Listening (20%) Pupils will be expected to extract specific information, identify points of view and emotions and draw conclusions from a range of recorded material. Responses will be required in English and sometimes in German.

Reading (30%) Pupils will be asked to identify and extract specific information from written material, to recognise points of view, draw conclusions and interpret attitudes. They will be required to demonstrate understanding with answers written in German and in English.

Writing (25%) Pupils will be asked to complete written tasks of varying length and function. They will be required to demonstrate the use of an appropriate range of vocabulary, grammatical structures and tenses.

Speaking (25%) Pupils will be required to take part in Role Play situations, deliver a Presentation (on either a Project which they have prepared or from a choice of Picture-stories) and sustain a conversation on general topics.

Further details of the Syllabi can be obtained from the Department of Education and Skills at www.education.ie and look under Curriculum, Syllabus and Training Guides.