Burnside High School Burnside High School

NCEA Level 2 German

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms C. Currie.

Recommended Prior Learning

15 credits Level 1 NCEA German, or HOD approval

There is a continued emphasis at Level 2 on realistic communicative use of the language.

Speaking and listening skills developed in previous years will be extended, and the scope of the work is much wider because students are competent in the language. Language training teaches problem solving skills. Language-trained people can be found heading research units in Treasury, Trade and Commerce; in various sections of Internal and Foreign Affairs, in all fields of the media, in teaching commerce, medicine and law.

At Level 2 more emphasis is put on reading and writing than at Level 1. Students will learn to read, comprehend and discuss themes that are of interest and relevance to young people today. They will also be encouraged to communicate using German as much as possible. Good listening skills are of utmost importance in our modern society, and the ability to listen constructively is practised continuously in the classroom.

Self-reliance is encouraged and the course aims to stimulate the students’ ability to find answers for themselves.

As a Partner School in the PASCH program with the German Ministry of Education, students have the opportunity to be selected for a scholarship to attend a three-week German language and cultural course held at a Goethe-Institut in Germany.

Participation in the New Zealand-German exchange is encouraged where students have the opportunity to host a German exchange student for two months and to go to Germany and stay with a German host family, attending school in December and January.

You are also encouraged to sit the international benchmark examinations for German (A2, B1 or B2) 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 2

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Detailed Course Outline

NCEA Level 3 German

German can be studied at tertiary level (polytechnic or university)
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.