One-on-one German Tuition in Christchurch
German is about learning the language of Germany and the other countries which speak it.
German is one of the world's major languages, and is the first language of almost 100 million people worldwide. After English, German is the most widely spoken and official language in the Europe, specifically in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, South Tyrol (Italy), the German-speaking Community of Belgium, and Liechtenstein. It is also one of the three official languages of Luxembourg. German and French are the most desirable foreign languages for business in the United Kingdom.
By learning another language and its related culture, students not only extend their linguistic and cultural understanding of other peoples, but also increase their understanding of their own language and culture. Interaction in a new language introduces students to thinking and understanding the world in new ways . This allows students to acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes that will equip them for success, both at home and at work, in the increasingly connected world they live in.
Students taking German at Level 1 will usually have already learnt German during Years 9 & 10. In Level 1 German, students are now working towards understanding and producing more complex language. They focus on communicating beyond their immediate context eg. talking about the past or future and encounter a variety of text types. Students are encouraged to express personal ideas/opinions and to respond to those of others as well as select appropriate language for specifc purposes and audience.
The achievement objectives for Level 2 German encourage students to use the language variably and effectively in order to express and justify their personal perspectives, explore the opinions of others in sustained interactions and to respond critically to increasingly varied and complex texts. Cultural knowledge is important as they learn to analyse how the target language expresses cultural meaning and how it is organised for different purposes and audiences. Students are actively encouraged to formulate opinions on issues relevant to teenagers, both here and in their chosen countries. They are exposed to a variety of media and written genres. Text types include emails, journal entries, Internet sites, news items, reviews and letters. Technology provides more and more source material for current issues. This material becomes more and more authentic and less written for second language learners. In German, topics include young people, free time, social issues, Berlin and career prospects.
At Level 3 students continue to build upon the skills and language structures learnt in Level 2 with the same achievement objectives outlined in the Level 2 description. Greater skill at manipulating the language is required, with emphasis on being able to develop an extended point of view. Topics of study include the environment, immigration and integration of immigrant populations, the rise of Islam, social issues eg. the rising number of homeless all provide a stimulus for much discussion and exchange of views. In German, students study film and analyse literature, as well as reviewing text types. Authentic material is now very much in evidence. Technology plays an integral role in sourcing this material.