The temporary Head of Department, (Maternity Cover), should make a positive contribution to good practice in the school by generating enthusiasm for the work in his/her departments, building good relationships with colleagues, parents and girls and by encouraging and establishing high standards in the teaching and learning of German. Lesson observation is encouraged as part of good practice. He/she should contribute fully to the development of the whole community in accordance with the aims of the school.
The school has a strong commitment to modern foreign languages and the study of two modern languages from French, German, Chinese and Spanish is compulsory for all pupils in Year 7-9.
In the Sixth Form there is a strong tradition of language learning. Results are excellent at GCSE and A-level. In the Sixth form, we follow the Pre-U specification in German (and Chinese). At GCSE, German students follow the AQA syllabus.
Lessons are taught predominantly through the target language using the communicative approach. We place a great emphasis on promoting the students’ motivation and enjoyment in order to reach the highest possible standards. The faculty also believes that a strong grammatical foundation is essential to good communicative competence.
The languages faculty is very well resourced with a wide variety of DVDs and reading material. There is a well-stocked language section in the school library. Students are encouraged to make use of IT, in particular their iPads for research, homework and independent learning.
German is taught in the Preparatory Department to Year 5 and is an option in Year 7, when girls choose two languages from French, German, Spanish and Chinese.
The German Department offers a Study Visit to Germany for Years 8 and 9, a Year 10 exchange, and a Sixth Form Work Experience Exchange to Trier.
The temporary Head of German (Maternity Cover) will want to build on the enthusiasm of the girls studying German by promoting events and competitions run by the Goethe Institute and by organising trips to German films, lectures etc. He or she will also want to work with the student-led MFL societies and to establish his / her own extra-curricular initiatives in order to promote language learning throughout the school.
The person appointed must be willing to spend some time on exchanges in Germany, which usually take place in term time.
There are currently 1 full-time and 2 part-time teachers of German, and a Foreign Language Assistant.