More people speak German as their native language than any other language in Europe, since Germany's 82 million inhabitants make it the most populous European nation. It is also an official language of Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein, making it the most widely spoken language in Europe. It is interesting, fun, intellectually challenging, and a strong knowledge of this language can help an individual to stand out from the crowd.
Those choosing to study German as part of their IB course will find there is a great emphasis on learning the language for practical purposes. This ensures the girls are equipped to take on many real-life situations in German. They also learn about writing in German for a purpose, for example learning to write presentations, speeches and blogs. Overall, as with the A Level course, the girls are challenged to study the language and German culture in more depth and also benefit from weekly conversation lessons with one of our native language teachers.
In Year 12 our girls once again get the opportunity to participate in an exchange to Münster, Germany. At this stage, the girls immerse themselves in German life with their host family. Many of our students keep in touch with their exchange partners for years.
The opportunity to teach others is always a wonderful way to develop language skills, and by helping to lead various clubs and activities and taking part in the Foreign Language Leaders programme, our students gain valuable experience which helps to hone their capabilities even further.
We are proud that several students have recently gone on to study German at some of the top universities across the UK, taking with them a wealth of knowledge and skills.