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German

Independent learner skills training

The staff of the German Department is committed to supporting students to develop life-long independent learner skills as part of their language studies. These are important skills for students to develop if they are to be successful in their distance education studies. On enrolment and during their studies students will be asked to fill in study skills audits which help to make them aware of the skills they have and the skills they still need to develop. Teachers encourage and support students to work on solving the problems they may experience when they study by distance education.

Independent learner skills will also help students manage their studies in general.

Course overview

Stage 5

200 hour course

This course is designed for students who wish to study German in Years 9 and 10 as an elective subject. Students with no knowledge, some prior knowledge or background knowledge of German are eligible to study this course.

The course contains a variety of interactive learning activities which cater for all levels of knowledge. There are worksheets and online tasks which students need to submit fortnightly for marking. Regular weekly phone lessons are also an integral part of the course. During these one-on-one lessons, students will develop their speaking skills and have the opportunity to discuss any queries about the course work with their teacher. Face-to-face lesson days each term are organised so that students can meet their classmates and participate in active language learning activities at NSW School of Languages.

For Year 9 students, all the learning materials are available in the e-learning class. It is not necessary to purchase additional resources. There are 18 modules to complete, ranging in topics from hobbies and interests, celebrations, food, school, let’s party etc.

The Year 10 course is based on the textbook Ganz Genau. There are 20 modules to complete, ranging in topics from sport, health and well-being, holidays, careers etc.

100 hour course German

The 100 hour course is for Year 10 students who have not studied German before. The students will gain an elementary knowledge of German through their work with the course materials and phone lessons for speaking practice. Students will develop insights into the culture of German speaking countries through their project work. Face-to-face lessons days are also organised for students to meet and interact with their peers at NSW School of Languages.

Stage 6

German Beginners

This course is designed for students with very little or no knowledge of German. In the Year 11 Preliminary Course there are 15 Modules that guide and support students in their studies. All the materials for learning are available in the e-learning class. Each Module in the course clearly states what work the students are required to submit to their teacher for marking. Weekly phone lessons with their teacher allows for speaking practice as well as opportunities to further discuss the course work. Face-to-face lessons days are also organised for students to meet and interact with their peers at NSW School of Languages.

The Year 12 HSC Course contains 20 units to complete over the four terms. Additional enrichment and extension materials as well as links to German language learning sites are also available for all students in the e-learning class. This course focuses not only on the HSC syllabus topics but also heavily on HSC examination skills and techniques. 

German Continuers

This course is designed for students who wish to continue with their German studies after having completing German in Years 9 and 10. The course aims to further develop students’ language skills with a mixture of self-directed blended learning materials. There are 7 modules to complete in the course. Modules 1 – 3 are set for study in the Year 11 Preliminary course and Modules 4 – 7 in the Year 12 HSC course. One module must be completed each school term. There are five parts within each module and these parts needed to be completed fortnightly by students and sent to their teacher for marking and feedback. Weekly telephone lessons with the teacher are also a compulsory part of this course whereby students can develop their German speaking skills. Face-to-face lessons days are also organised for students to meet and interact with their peers at NSW School of Languages.

German Extension

This course is offered to Year 12 students who have successfully completed the Year 11 German Continuers Preliminary course at a high standard. The organisational focus of the course is based around the theme ‘The individual and contemporary society’. Students are provided with a wealth of support material to help them develop their skills in understanding and analysing the set text for study. Students will further develop their languages skills so that they are able to use German effectively to write texts related to the required issues in the Extension course. Weekly telephone lessons are compulsory for students so that they can develop their speaking skills for monologue presentations. Face-to-face lessons days are also organised for students to meet and interact with their peers at NSW School of Languages.

Course Materials

Textbooks

The following is a list of learning materials which need to be purchased for the specified course. All prices are approximate. If a course is not listed, all materials are provided by NSW School of Languages in the e-learning class.

Textbooks can be ordered online at Abbeys Language Book Centre.

Stage 5 - 200 hour course

Year 9 German

Year 9 students will be provided with the course matierials developed by the NSW SChool of Languages.

Year 10 German

Students will need to purchase both the Ganz Genau (3rd edition) student book (Kursbuch) and the work book (Arbeitsbuch).

The approximate cost of the student’s book is $66 and the workbook (with CDs & DVD) is $45. These texts can be purchased at Abbeys Language Book Centre.

Stage 6 Courses

German Beginners Preliminary course

Students will need to purchase both the Ganz Genau (3rd edition) student book (Kursbuch) and the work book (Arbeitsbuch). The approximate cost of the student’s book is $66 and the workbook (with CDs & DVD) is $45. These texts can be purchased at Abbeys Language Book Centre.

German Beginners HSC course

Students will need to purchase both the Ganz Genau (3rd edition) student book (Kursbuch) and the work book (Arbeitsbuch). The approximate cost of the student’s book is $66 and the workbook (with CDs & DVD) is $45. These texts can be purchased at Abbeys Language Book Centre.

German Continuers courses – as enrichment material only

There are NO texts which need to be purchased for these courses.

The following is a list of suggested enrichment materials which students may like to purchase:

Genau Senior Student Book and Grammar booklet approx. $76. Publisher Thomson Nelson. ISBN 9780170128315

This text can be purchased at Abbeys Language Book Centre.

Dictionaries

All students should have a comprehensive language print dictionary. We recommend these dictionaries for the following courses:

Years 9 – 10 German & German Beginners:

Oxford Essential German Dictionary (approx.. $18.00)

German Continuers:

Oxford Compact German Dictionary (approx.. $36.00)

Some other useful resources which students may like to purchase include:

German Grammar by Barrons (approx. $16.00)

German Grammar 11-14 by Olivier Grey & Trevor Stevens (approx. $39.00)

Syllabuses (from NESA)

Go the NESA syllabus downloads page for more information on the syllabus.