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Why German?

“Germany has the largest economy in Europe and the fourth largest in the world (after the US, China and Japan) (World Bank, 2017). It is among the largest exporting economies in the world, and of the world’s 100 biggest companies, 12 are German or Swiss, and 5 are British (Forbes, 2018).”

“German speakers are highly sought after by British employers. Businesses value foreign language skills among their employees, with 47% of them rating German as useful for their business, placing it ahead of Spanish and Mandarin.” (CBI/Pearson Education and Skills Survey 2017).”

“German is the most commonly spoken language in Europe with around 100 million speakers. It is an official language in seven European countries and provinces.”

“A study commissioned by the TEFL Academy (2017) lists German as the most lucrative language in the UK, with jobs requiring German paying an average salary of £34,534.”

The above facts were listed on the website of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in June 2019 on


The fundamental aim of the German Department at Kingsbury High School is to provide each student with a thorough understanding of the basics of the target language and culture relative to their ability. This is achieved through high expectations of work and behaviour from all our students and staff, a rigorous learning process and an exciting curriculum.

During the Foundation Stage of the Kingsbury Curriculum (Years 7 and 8), students in four of the tutor groups will be assigned German as their modern foreign language. They gain a good understanding of phonics and learn vocabulary from a range of topics whilst also acquiring other skills such as giving and justifying opinions and being able to communicate in the present, past and future tenses. They also acquire the basics of grammar and develop skills for effective language learning. The Foundation Stage curriculum for German at Kingsbury High School is based on the Stimmt 1 and Stimmt 2 textbooks. Students are set homework once a week in the Foundation Stage.

During the Examination Stage (Years 9-11), students will prepare for the AQA GCSE German linear specification. Exam-type assessments take place during the Examination Stage in all four skills (two skills every half term), namely in Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. Each skill forms 25% of the final GCSE examination. Students sit all examinations at either Foundation Tier (Grades 1-5) or at Higher Tier (Grades 3-9) for the GCSE. Students sit their Speaking examination in May of Year 11. Regular feedback from the teacher as well as from the exam-style assessment enables ALL students to understand what they need to do to improve and to achieve their potential. Students are expected to complete homework twice a week in the Examination Stage, one of which being a learning homework.

Students have access to several websites which the School subscribes to in order to assist them with their vocabulary learning.

Students in Years 9 and 10 will have the opportunity to go on a residential trip to Munich in the summer.

In the Sixth Form (Years 12-13) students prepare for the AQA AS and A-Level examinations in German, although the AS examination is now a discrete examination and the marks gained in the final examination no longer count towards the A-Level examination. Through the study of various aspects of modern life and current issues, using the medium of the German language, students deepen their knowledge of the language and culture of German-speaking countries and learn to express their views, both verbally and in written form, clearly and confidently.

Target language is regularly used by the teachers in the Department, but no student should be left confused. Therefore, at times, the use of English is envisaged, especially when discussing the learning process and more complex grammatical points.

For the Examination Stage, the School recommends the following books to aid preparation for the GCSE examination:

  • Stimmt AQA GCSE German textbook - Foundation/Higher (Pearson)
  • Stimmt AQA GCSE German Grammar and Translation Workbook (Pearson)
  • Target Get Back on Track AQA GCSE (9-1) German Reading (Pearson)
  • Target Get Back on Track AQA GCSE (9-1) German Writing (Pearson)
  • Collins Easy Learner’s German Dictionary (Collins)
  • Subscription to Schuss magazine (Mary Glasgow).

In the Sixth Form the School recommends the following books to aid preparation for the A-Level examination:

  • AQA A-Level German textbook (Hodder Education)
  • Wort für Wort New Advanced German Vocabulary (Hodder and Stoughton)
  • Practice in German Grammar (Nelson Thornes)
  • Collins German Dictionary
  • Der Besuch der Alten Dame by Friedrich Dürrenmatt (the play which is studied in Year 13)

The Linguee,  and the newsinslowgerman apps will also be very useful.

The students should also watch Lola rennt in preparation for the analysis of that film in Year 12.

Beyond the formal curriculum, a programme of enrichment activities is in place as part of the Kingsbury Excel Days programme.

For further information on any aspect of the German curriculum at Kingsbury High School, please contact the  Head of German, Mr Steven Vadgama, on