German

German – D and C

Academic Department Details

Department:Department of German

Subject:German

Course Content

The course involves various aspects of the language and has been structured as per the IGCSE guidelines. They have a textbook ‘Studio D A1 and A2′ which includes workbooks as well. The teaching learning process is highly interactive so that oral skills may be strengthened, and students are highly encouraged to talk amongst themselves in German. The basic concepts of grammar are interspersed in between and they learn more through speaking and listening and then understanding the grammar. The syllabus covers the following topics which are spread over two years.

  • Travelling and eating (Food and meals)
  • Taking a city tour and visiting places in Germany
  • Professions
  • Hobbies and leisure time activities
  • Talking about home towns and homes
  • Your family
  • Animals
  • Festivals
  • Places in a town
  • A school day
  • Vacations

Learning Objectives

The teaching of German in the Doon School has been a very exciting activity, always taught outside the curriculum. For students interested in Foreign Languages, studying German and learning how to speak the language is something that they tackle with a lot of enthusiasm. It opens them to new cultures and promotes tolerance and understanding in their minds. The contents of the syllabus are interspersed with oral activities, presentations, listening DW Channel, role plays, songs, watching films, making it a complete learning experience. Learning German, as a foreign language, instills in them an interest for traveling, for discovering new venues, understanding the German philosophy and becoming more aware of different cultures.

General Comments

In D and C forms there are internal examinations which are graded. These are not affiliated to any external examination board. In D and C forms, the assessment is done by the teacher. They have trials at the end of the term and the allocation of the marks is divided. 80% marks are from the written examination and 20% of the marks are for oral skills. The marks are converted into grades and they appear on the reports as an activity grade.

German – B and A

Academic Department Details

Department:Department of German

Subject:German

Curriculum::ICSE

Course Content

B Form

  • Self-introduction
  • Daily Activities
  • Professions
  • Vacation
  • Fashions and Seasons
  • Body and Health
  • Entertainment (Different Mediums like the Theatre and Films)
  • Theater Visit (My Favorite Actor /Actress / Play)
  • My City
  • Tourism: Advantages and Disadvantages
  • My Day
  • My Future Plans
  • My School
  • Reading: Advantages and Disadvantages

A Form

  • Germans in Foreign Countries and Foreigners in Germany
  • Environmental Issues
  • Journeys
  • Science and Technology
  • Imporatance of Freindship
  • Visit of a Freind
  • An Interesting Excursion/Trip
  • TV: Advantages and Disadvantages
  • Studies in Foreign Land
  • Fast-Food: Opinions
  • Partys and Birthday Celebrations: How? When? Why?( Family, Relationships and Friends)

Learning Objectives

B Form

  • Understanding of the basic German grammar (conjugation, present tense, imperative, PERFEKT, basic prepositions)
  • Understanding of school life in German language
  • Sentence making
  • Usage of language in different situations (basic Grammar patterns)

A Form

  • Writing of long essays
  • Building opinions on different topics
  • Grammar topics such as reflexive verbs, prepositions, dative and genitive
  • Expressing views on different topics through oral exercises such as speech and presentations

Skills Acquired by Students

B Form

  • Basic Grammar (Conjugation, Present and PERFEKT tense, prepositions, long sentence structure)
  • Vocabulary for the given/chosen topics
  • Basic skills of long essay and informal letter writing

A Form

  • Essay writing
  • Letter writing
  • Vocabulary for the given/chosen topics
  • Expressing views on complex issues in simple language such as initiatives by Germany in the field of renewable energy

General Comments

B Form

German speaking skill of students is sharpened through the use of media on the Internet. Grammar lessons are integrated with the lessons on activities to enhance the understanding of the grammar of the language. Through short German story books the basic grammar patterns of the language are elucidated and students are encouraged to make use of the acquired knowledge in day to day situations like classroom dialogue, daily routine, life in the school, etc.

Students are encouraged to speak in German during the classes and thus they reflect constantly on their proficiency in the language. By translating small German texts and stories as part of their lessons, students get to test and enhance their skill of translation and command over the language.

A Form

In A Form, the course focuses on teaching students to translate and understand complex situations and express their views through the medium of essays and letters. It focuses mainly on writing skills and helps students express their ideas using complex German grammar. It will enable the student to go back to his basic understanding and take it further through deeper and exact German sentence structure.

German – B and A

Academic Department Details

Department:Department of German

Subject:German

Curriculum::ICSE

Course Content

B Form

  • Introducing oneself
  • Daily routine
  • Describing towns and places
  • School and higher education
  • Food and food habits
  • Transport and travel
  • Leisure-time activities
  • Media and entertainment

A Form

  • New technologies
  • Environmental Issues
  • Role of a woman in the society
  • Holidays and festivals
  • Sports and music
  • World problems

Learning Objectives

  • Linking of languages with another culture
  • Appreciation of different points of view in different cultures
  • Develop intercultural understanding and comparing your culture with the target culture
  • Comprehension of written texts in the form of ads, fliers, brochures, magazine articles
  • Appreciation of art, literature, cinema and music in the target culture
  • To be able to write letters and essays on a wide range of topics

Skills Acquired by Students

In these two forms, the students are very thorough with grammatical and linguistic skills. They now have all the tools to express themselves. The skills acquired are:

  • Interactive skills – With the curriculum demands in A and B form, not much focus is put on their conversations, but they can have a conversation. More importantly, with a little bit of personal efforts, they can start speaking fluently.
  • Productive skills – The main focus of the curriculum is on their productive skills. They can write on a wide range of topics.
  • Research skills – Students are able to search for essays, movies and songs, and more facts about the country, its language and its culture.
  • Receptive skills – They can understand all instructions in class and are able to follow a conversation, weather forecasts and general instructions.

General Comments

At this stage the students are taught the language in depth and it is very rigorous. Since there is no defined syllabus, a vast range of topics are covered. It also involves a lot of grammar and written exercises. Learning a foreign language also gives them a deeper understanding of their own language and helps them develop linguistic skills and finesse which has a lifelong utility. Students achieve a very high level of the language, although the spoken language has to be cultivated with extra efforts. Students are encouraged to read French literature and stories, which they can manage. They can access websites and search for any information in the target language.

German – S and SC

Academic Department Details

Department:Department of German

Subject:German

Curriculum::IB

Course Content

S Form

  • Self-Introduction
  • Café, Eateries, eating habits
  • Daily activities
  • German language and culture
  • Personality and looks
  • Appointments
  • Orientation, (places of work, cities, city plans, maps, calendar etc.)
  • Professions
  • Excursion through German cities
  • Vacation
  • Fashions and seasons
  • Body and Health
  • Entertainment and Television

SC Form

  • Languages
  • Family, Relationships and Friends
  • Germans in foreign counties and foreigners in Germany
  • Environmental issues
  • Journeys
  • Industry, Work culture and Economics
  • Science and technology in Germany

Learning Objectives

S Form

  • Understanding of the German way of response (sentence structure, conjugation and basic grammar through texts and multimedia)
  • Getting a hang of the German culture
  • Understanding the geographical part of the country
  • Usage of language in different situations (basic Grammar patterns)

SC Form

  • Understanding of the German economy as a part of its culture
  • Getting a hang of the current German trends in the areas of environment and Science and technology in Germany
  • German Language Trends and usage on the social networking sites
  • Seeing the advertisements and flyers (usage of German magazines like Deutsch Perfekt and PASCH website)

Skills Acquired by Students

S Form

  • Basic Grammar (Present and PERFEKT tense, prepositions, long sentence structure)
  • Vocabulary for the topics
  • Written responses such as letter writing, recipes, postcard
  • Photo/picture description

SC Form

  • Essay writing
  • Blog writing
  • Vocabulary for the topics
  • Expressing complex issues in simple language such as Initiates by Germany in the field of renewable energy

General Comments

S Form

This particular course content focuses on understanding of expressions through important mediums such as letter writing, email writing and postcard making. From ―self introduction to entertainment and television”, this entire syllabus covers a very important aspect of oral and aural skills as well. By watching short films based on the syllabus and by hearing German, students will be able to pick up and exercise the oral skills as well. Orientation of the particular country is absolutely necessary for a student. Through maps, food guides and recipes, one will be able to understand the weather patterns and living patterns of Germany in particular. A student will able to locate and focus Germany’s place in Europe and in the world through its language and culture.

Comparison of the immediate surrounding with the target language is emphasized, as it will enhance the ability of a student to relate customs and traditions of that country to his/her immediate world.

SC Form

This particular course will take back students to their basic understanding of the language and then carry it forward through long essay writing skills. By seeing advertisements and flyers, they will be able to grasp the situations currently prevailing in Germany. They will be able to understand the student life in Germany and about various academic opportunities for Students in Germany. By visiting social networking sites in German language, they will be able to relate their working knowledge of the language to their mother tongue and then take it further while reading German blogs and making some German friends. Students will be trained to express on current topics related to Germany and India through class discussions and interview. They are encouraged to write their views on PASCH website and thereby look and reflect critically on the topics.