Upcoming Events:

School Year 2017/2018

Tuesday 29th August 2017

Training of Peer Mentor       10:00am – 1:00pm

Staff Planning/Meetings       9:30am – 4:00pm

Wednesday, 30th August 2017

1st Year Students and Peer Mentors                 9:30am to 1:00pm

Parents/Guardians of 1st Years                          9:30am to 10:15am

Staff meet Parents                                                 9:30 am to 10:15am

Staff Planning                                                         10:15am to 4:00pm

Thursday 31st August 2017

School Year 2016/2017 Holidays

October Midterm Break: Close on Friday, 27th October 2017. Reopen on Monday, 6th November 2017.

Christmas Holidays: Close on Friday, 22nd December 2017. Reopen on Monday, 8th January 2018.

February Midterm Break: Close on Friday, 9h February 2018. Reopen on Monday, 19th February 2018.

St. Patrick’s Day Holiday: Closed on Monday 19th March 2018.

Easter Holidays: Close on Friday, 23rd March 2018. Reopen on Monday, 9th April 2018.

May Bank Holiday: Closed on Monday 7th May 2018.

Summer Holidays: Closing on Friday, 1st June 2018.

State Exams: Wednesday 6th June 2018

 

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German

About
German as a Leaving Cert subject aims to bring students closer to fluency in the German language, as well as developing a good knowledge of literature, culture, geography, and national history to provide a context for communication. As Germany starts to play a major role in the wider European context, German as a language is becoming ever more important in the lives of young Europeans in offering career opportunities that will be available in the years ahead.

Course Overview
To introduce the students to German as a living and vibrant method of communication thus helping them to appreciate a culture other than their own. To enable the students to acquire the necessary communicative skills that will allow them to take full part in classroom activities in German, participate in everyday transactions and interactions, extract information from and to interpret the various mass media communications, make further study and or possible career paths through the medium of the German language a realistic option. To achieve the above aims the students must be facilitated to develop a critical awareness of how meaning is organised and conveyed by the structures and vocabulary of the German language and to develop an understanding of language in general. The aim is to continue and develop the aspects and aims of the Junior Cycle Programme and to develop skills in the following four areas leading to proficiency in all areas of the German language.

Modern languages require students to be proficient in the following skills:
•Oral/speaking
•Written
•Aural/listening
•Reading

 

Course Content
Modern languages require students to be proficient in the following skills:

Oral Proficiency in a range of personal, social, cultural and topical areas.

Aural Proficiency - the ability to listen to and answer questions on a wide variety of auditory stimuli.

Comprehension Proficiency - the students must be able to read, interpret, extract and manipulate texts ranging from literature to contemporary journalism and answer questions in the target language.

Written Production Proficiency - the student must be able to react to a given stimulus in grammatically correct everyday German. These stimuli can take the form of an informal or formal letter, a reaction to a picture, photo, chart, etc. or expressing one’s own opinion on a syllabus-related topic.

A wide variety of themes are covered, for example:
•Family
•School
•Hobbies
•Sport
•Current affairs

Grammar and Cultural Awareness are essential elements of these courses.

 

Exam Structure
The examination will assess a candidate’s ability to:
1. Understand the spoken language
2. Understand the written language
3. Communicate in the spoken language
4. Communicate in the written language

Mark Allocation

Higher Level Ordinary Level

Speaking 25% 20%

Listening Comprehension 20% 25%

Reading Comprehension 30% 40%

Writing 25% 15%

The German oral examination consists of a fifteen minute interview where students are examined in three different sections. German Interview with examiner, presentation of project or picture sequence and role play. At higher level the exam is worth 25% and at ordinary 20%. The secret for success is in your preparation. Criteria used to assess oral competence include:
•  range of vocabulary
•  range of expression
•  awareness and use of grammar
•  independence from examiner support
•  appropriateness
•  fluency
•  pronunciation

This takes place in March/April of 6th year. 15 mins – German

Aural/Listening Exam (40 mins) This exam takes place after the written examination in June. It involves listening to a variety of dialogues and news items in the target language and then answering in English. One section on the German paper requires answers in German.

Written Exam (2 ½ hours) At Higher Level Reading Comprehension involves a literary and a journalistic reading text, followed by questions testing comprehension, language awareness, applied grammar and the student’s ability to give an opinion on a topic raised. The written section consists of a formal or informal letter or an essay-type response to a picture. At Ordinary Level students do one literary and two journalistic comprehensions with similar exercises to Higher Level. Written exercises include letters, telling a story from a given series of pictures, writing a dialogue.

Career Possibilities
Germany is one of Ireland’s leading trading partners and Irish companies need professionals with a good knowledge of German. Germany is the world’s largest outbound market and is the third most important market for visitors to the island. As such the language would be very useful in the following career areas;

Engineering, Finance, Technology, Tourism, Hospitality, Food and Wine, Sales and Marketing, Teaching and for careers in the European Union.



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