LOTE German provides students with the opportunity to join in an enormous language community and speak a language spoken in one of the world’s wealthiest countries. The College’s LOTE German curriculum is designed so students learn by engaging in real-life situations, with an additional and important focus on not only how the language works, but why. In other words, emphasis is also placed on the grammatical structure, so that students are better placed to communicate effectively. In addition, the College’s exchange programme which occurs in alternate years with Schools in Germany gives students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend time in Germany, both in a German school and  also to live with a German family.

Subjects offered at each level

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

German

German

German

VCE LOTE (German)

VCE LOTE (German)

Subject Selection and Progression Rules:

  • Students must study German successively in every semester.
  • The progression to a new level requires the satisfactory completion of two units at the previous level.
  • The German teachers can provide you with detailed information on what is required to pass each individual subject.

LOTE German aims to:

  • Engage students in communication skills, namely listening, reading, writing and speaking with an emphasis on being able to understand the target language and to be understood.
  • Provide students with the opportunity to acquire language skills that will assist them in their career paths.
  • Give students an opportunity to become familiar with German culture with the opportunity to participate in the Exchange Programme.

German Year 8 – GER81/GER82

German Year 8 is suited to those students with no previous knowledge of German. The four skills of language learning, namely listening, speaking, reading and writing will be developed. The students will become familiar with language relating to the world of teenage experience.

Course structure:

Topics to be covered will include greetings, numbers, family, school and sports. Cultural information will also be covered in a project on Germany and German-speaking countries.

Assessed Tasks:

Examination, project, role play and oral presentation.

Prerequisites: NIL
Leads into: German Year 9
Booklist Items: Katzensprung Textbook and Workbook
For further info: W. Ferguson, I. Janousek
Subject Cost: Nil

German Year 9 – GER91/GER92

German Year 9 is suited to those students who want to further develop their German language skills and is aimed at students who wish to undertake German language study at VCE level. Students will use German within the world of teenage experience and topics related to events of general interest. They will learn to exchange information orally and in writing.

Course structure:

Topics include: meeting people, holidays, animals and food. Students will produce written texts incorporating various text types.

Assessed Tasks:

Examination, project, role play and oral presentation.

Prerequisites: German 1 (Semester 1 and 2) or equivalent
Leads into: German 3
Booklist Items: Katzensprung Textbook and Workbook
For further info: W. Ferguson
Subject Cost: Nil

German Year 10 – GER01/GER02

German Year 10 is suited to students who want to further develop their German language skills and is aimed at students who wish to undertake German language studies at VCE level. Students will use German within the world of teenage experience and on topics related to events of general interest. They will learn to exchange information and opinions orally and in writing.

Course structure:

Topics to be covered include asking and giving permission, ordering and paying for meals, sports and household chores. Students will produce written texts.

Assessed Tasks:

Examination, project, role play and oral presentation

Prerequisites: German Year 9 (Semester 1 and 2) or equivalent
Leads into: German VCE Units 1 & 2
Booklist Items: Ganz Genau textbook and workbook, German Handbook
For further info: W. Ferguson
Subject Cost: Nil

VCE German Units 1 & 2 – LO101/LO102

These units are designed to extend students’ knowledge and skills in understanding, speaking and writing   the language. Students are required to elicit, interpret and convey information, ideas and options orally; convey orally the meaning and flavour of the language, for example in a dramatised reading or story telling; produce informative writing; understand oral, visual and written information   and convey this information in a different discourse form.

Course Structure:

Unit 1 Reply to personal letter, analysis of spoken text and oral presentation.

Unit 2 Formal letter, analysis of spoken text and journal entry.

Assessed Tasks:

School assessed coursework and November examination.

VCAA Assessment:

Examination, project, role play and oral presentation.

Prerequisites: German Year 10
Leads into: VCE Units 3 & 4
Booklist Items: Genau Senior textbook, workbook and grammar book and German Handbook (grammar text)
For further info: W. Ferguson, I. Janousek
Subject Costs: Nil

VCE German Units 3 & 4 – LO103/LO104

These Units are designed for students with previous German language skills. Therefore this course suits students who have undertaken VCE German Units 1 & 2.

Course structure:

Students are required to undertake a detailed study. This includes a discussion and an oral examination. Students will explore and compare aspects of the language and culture of the German-speaking community through a range of oral and written texts in German. This will enable the students to develop knowledge and understanding of, for example, historical issues, aspects of contemporary society or the literary or artistic heritage of the community.

Assessed Tasks:

Students will be assessed on expressing ideas through writing and speaking. Exchanging information, opinions and experiences through short role-plays also forms part of the assessment.

VCAA Assessment:

The overall Study Score will consist of:

Scored Assessed Coursework and by two end-of-year examinations.

Prerequisites: VCE German Units 1 & 2
Leads into: TAFE, University and Further Education
Booklist Items: To be advised
For further info: W. Ferguson, I. Janousek
Subject Cost: Nil