German A level
AQA A-Level German (7662) is an advanced course that seeks to foster students' understanding and command of written and spoken German. It aims to cultivate a thorough understanding of German grammar and vocabulary, with a strong emphasis on using German to discuss and analyse aspects of the contemporary society, culture, politics, and history of Germany and other German-speaking countries.
The A-Level German course is divided into several broad themes, each encompassing various sub-topics. These are:
1. **Social Issues and Trends**: This section includes aspects such as the changing nature of family, the digital world, youth culture, festivals and traditions, art and architecture, and the cultural life in Berlin, past and present.
2. **Political and Artistic Culture**: This section covers topics like immigration, racism, integration, Germany and the European Union, German reunification and its consequences, and aspects of political life in the German-speaking world.
3. **Grammar**: Throughout the course, students also deepen their understanding of German grammar, building on what they have learned at GCSE level to use a wider range of structures and tenses in their written and spoken German.
4. **Literature and Film**: Students also study one text and one film or two texts from the list provided by AQA, gaining a deeper understanding of these works and their context, and using them as a springboard for speaking and writing in German.
The skills developed in A-Level German are not only linguistic. Students also develop skills in critical thinking and analysis, research (particularly for the speaking exam, where they will present on an individual research project), and essay writing. This makes A-Level German a useful preparation for a range of university courses and careers.
Please note that the details of the course and its structure may have been updated since my last training data in 2021. For the most recent details, please refer to the latest AQA A-level German specification or speak with a teacher.
How is AQA A-Level German (7662) assessed:
The AQA A-Level German (7662) course is assessed through three main components, each focusing on different aspects of the students' linguistic abilities and their understanding of German culture and society. As of my last update in September 2021, the assessment structure was as follows:
1. **Paper 1: Listening, Reading, and Writing**: This paper assesses comprehension and application of German language through a variety of listening, reading, and writing tasks. Students are tested on their understanding of spoken and written German from a range of contexts and sources covering different aspects of the German-speaking society. Tasks in this paper include listening and reading comprehension, translation exercises, and structured writing tasks. This paper is 2 hours and 30 minutes long and constitutes 50% of the A-level.
2. **Paper 2: Writing**: In this paper, students are required to write two essays in German. One essay is in response to a text or film from a set list provided by AQA, and the other is an essay on a chosen topic related to the themes of the course. These essays test students' critical and analytical skills in the context of German language. This paper is 2 hours long and makes up 20% of the A-level.
3. **Paper 3: Speaking**: This is an oral examination where students have to discuss a sub-theme from the course based on a stimulus card. They also present and discuss their individual research project. This tests students' spoken German skills and their ability to formulate and express complex ideas in German. This oral exam lasts approximately 21-23 minutes (including 5 minutes of preparation time) and accounts for 30% of the A-level.
The AQA A-Level German aims to provide a holistic assessment of students' command of German language, their understanding of German-speaking societies, and their ability to critically discuss and analyse relevant texts and issues.