NCEA Level 1 German

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms C. Currie

This course covers reading, speaking, listening and writing. Credits in speaking and writing will be internally assessed. Emphasis will be on effective communication, oral and written work. The themes will be directed by the curriculum and cover such areas as:

  • People and things - appearances and qualities
  • Home, school and community routines
  • Enjoying time with family and friends
  • Making social arrangements
  • My home town/region
  • Daily life
  • Geography
  • Travel and holidays

Cultural aspects of German-speaking countries will also be studied and incorporated into the programme (lifestyle, history, geography, traditions and customs).

Level 1 German is a prerequisite for Level 2 and Level 3 work in Year 12 and 13, and subsequent university study. It may be helpful to gain employment in many different areas, such as the tourist industry, the Ministry of Affairs, or the electronics/engineering fields.

You are also encouraged to sit the international benchmark examinations for German (A1, A2) from the European Framework. These examinations take place at the end of Term 3 and are subsidised by the Goethe-Institut through the PASCH program.

NCEA Level 1


NCEA Level 2 German

German can be studied at tertiary level
Study at a German university: Students studying German with Merit and Excellence grades in Level 2 and 3 NCEA can enter a German university to follow a course of study in Germany. (As well as any combination of any academic subjects such as English, Foreign Languages, History, Geography, Biology, Physics and Chemistry at Level 2 or 3 Merit and Excellence level)
Also B2 in German will get you entry into a German university. (European Framework Language Examination)

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

There is a course contribution of $30 to cover digital resources.
Students are expected to supply their own stationary.
It is recommended that students purchase The Elementary German Workbook costing $10.

Recommended Prior Learning

Year 10 German, or HOD approval

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

This course is approved for University Entrance.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 90883 v2 German 1.1 - Demonstrate understanding of a variety of spoken German texts on areas of most immediate relevance
A.S. 90885 v2 German 1.3 - Interact using spoken German to communicate personal information, ideas and opinions in different situations
A.S. 90886 v2 German 1.4 - Demonstrate understanding of a variety of German texts on areas of most immediate relevance
A.S. 90887 v2 German 1.5 - Write a variety of text types in German on areas of most immediate relevance
Total Credits

Total Credits Available: 20 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 10 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 10 credits.

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