My name is Tanja and I’m the Course Leader for German A Level.
I’m really pleased you’ve chosen to study German at Reigate College and I’m looking forward to welcoming you in person to our friendly Modern Languages Department at the beginning of the academic year.
In preparation for you joining the department and to help maintain your language skills, I’d like you to complete a series of activities over the coming months.
All the tasks should be completed by Choices Day on 25 August. I hope you enjoy working through them.
The tasks will be released here in three phases:
Explore your Subject – 4 May
The Benefits of Learning a Language
Languages are useful for holidays and travel, but did you know that learning a language can also:
Improve employment opportunities – your linguistic and cultural knowledge will be invaluable to employers.
Improve mental health – by alleviating stress and depression and delaying the onset of dementia.
Improve brain power – making you a better lateral thinker. Often good linguists are also good mathematicians and musicians (though you don’t have to be a mathematician or musician to be a linguist!)
Watch this video and make notes on the benefits of learning a foreign language:
Developing Your Skills
At this stage, you’re probably more concerned about how a language can help you with further studies and your future career. Did you know that by learning a language, you will not only gain language-specific skills such as translating and interpreting, summarising, essay writing and understanding of grammar, but also develop transferable skills useful for any career such as:
confidence and flexibility
interpersonal and communication
debating and discussion.
Compare how these people have used languages in their careers:
You will learn far more than just language on a language course – you will build your cultural knowledge about the countries where the language is spoken, developing an insight into their history, culture, values and beliefs.
Read the following information about the famous festival of carnival that takes place in Germany each year.
Write a short summary about the festival in English.
If you were giving a presentation about this tradition, how would you best organise the information boxes?
Expand your knowledge
Use the following websites to research general information about Germany.
You should complete this section of tasks by 1 June.
Get Going – 1 June
One of the best ways to prepare for your A Level German course is to revise, so you are really confident with what you have already learnt. Remember the best way to learn a language is to practise little and often, so you are constantly reinforcing your learning. You can do this in lots of enjoyable ways.
Work through the following activities:
1. Watch a telenovela
Nicos Weg: Interactive mini-series with clips to view and supporting activities. The beginner’s level is useful to help revise basic grammar points and vocabulary:
Use the Deutsche Welle Interactive
course online, change the language to English and register for free. Once you
have taken a placement test, you can work your way through this interactive
course at your level whilst checking your progress:
Choose your favourite German speaking
artist and fill the gaps.
7. Watch German TV and films
If you have a television streaming service at home such as Netflix or Amazon Prime, explore German films and television series, or try watching your favourite film with the German subtitles.
You should complete this section of tasks by 1 July.
Aim High – 1 July
From 1 July
Once you’ve taken part in the College’s first ever Virtual Introductory Day on 30 June, you will be asked to complete a more formal Aim High task (posted here) that it is mandatory for all new students to complete before Choices Day on 25 August.