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To be able to speak any language other than your own is a much-coveted skill; 94% of the world’s population does not speak English as its first language and 75% do not speak English at all.  Indeed, in the increasingly global community that is developing around us, it is more useful than ever to be able to speak a second or even third language.  It makes you more marketable to universities and colleges, it makes you more desirable to employers and living and working in a cosmopolitan city like London, you just never know when someone who speaks no English may ask you for directions!
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Additionally, in light of the recent introduction of the English Baccalaureate qualification, within which pupils must gain a C grade or higher in English, Maths, two Sciences, a humanity and a foreign language, languages are once again very high on the Government’s agenda.  As a result, countless universities are already pledging that they will not even consider applications from students who have not achieved this English Baccalaureate.

Whether it is German, as a strong economic, legal and business language, French as a political, commercial and media language or Spanish based on the expansion of the South American economies and the fact you like holidaying there, can you really afford not to have a languages qualification?

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Course Outlines

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It is vital for any pupil studying a language that they have the correct and most useful resources available to them.  Outlined below are the textbooks used in each year for German as well as some useful links:

A very useful revision website can be found at
Year 7
Text book “ECHO 1” from Heinemann
Year 8
Text book “ECHO 2” from Heinemann
Year 9
Text book “ECHO 3” from Heinemann
Years 10 and 11
GCSE German for Edexcel – see the Pearson website.
Past question papers and other resources from Edexcel.
Years 12 and 13
Oxford University Press publish the A Level course in their Zeitgeist series – click here to view and order the materials.
OCR provde a set of past question papers – click here to view their publications catalogue (go to the AS/A Level section).

It is also highly recommended that pupils have a German-English bi-lingual dictionary to support them in their studies.  In years 7, 8 and 9 this can simply be a pocket sized version but at GCSE and A-level the dictionary should be more substantial in order to offer pupils access to a far wider range of vocabulary.  There are also very comprehensive revision guides for both Key Stage 3 and GCSE available in major book shops.