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German

German

The Leaving Certificate syllabus for German allows for the following four broad outcomes:

  • A communicatve ability in German.
  • An awareness about language and communication.
  • An awareness of the culture associated with the German language.

Assessment

The leaving Certificate student is being assessed at three levels :

1. Oral (25 % for honours and 20 % for ordinary level). The following criteria is used to assess oral competence:

  • Range of vocabulary.
  • Range of expression.
  • Awareness and use of grammar.
  • Independence from examiner support.
  • Appropriateness.
  • Fluency.
  • Pronunciation.

2. Aural (20% for honours and 25% for ordinary level)

3. Comprehension and Written sections. The following criteria is used to assess the written production:

At higher level :

  • Range and appropriateness of vocabulary
  • Range and accuracy in use of structures
  • Development and/or manipulation of stimulus
  • Organisation of content

At ordinary level:

  • Intelligibility of message.
  • Development and/or manipulation of stimulus.
  • Awareness and use of grammar.
  • Range of vocabulary.

For further information on Leaving Certificate or Junior Certificate see: http://www.irlgov.ie/educ/Exams/exams/htm

German Exchange

An exchange has been offered every second year to Transition and Fifth Year students. On this exchange, students are accompanied by a German teacher and stay with their exchange family for about 10 days. During this time, they attend school in the mornings and go on trips in the afternoons.

The advantages of this exchange system are:

  • Full immersion in the target language is assured.
  • A greater appreciation of the culture of the country is fostered, by socialising exclusively, or almost exclusively, with German students and their families.
  • Costs are limited to airfare, trip costs, and spending money.

For further information see http://www.oranienschule.de

German Teachers Visit Dominican College

On 8 September 2016 two visiting teachers, Christina Strube and Bianca Hofmann from Passau, Germany came to visit Dominican College. They are English teachers in the Gymnasium Pfarrkirchen Passau, which is a German secondary school.

They gave us a presentation on the city of Passau and showed us a video on school life in Germany. We learnt many new things and some of the most interesting facts were that when children start school they are given a cone-shaped bag filled with school stationery and delicious treats (we wish we were German!). This cone is called a Schultüte.

Another fact is that in Germany you are only allowed to cut your lawn before 1pm on a Saturday and not at all on a Sunday (thank God we are not German!). This is because Sunday is regarded as a day of rest where people have no disruption (so no lie-ins on a Saturday!). Shops generally remain shut on a Sunday as well.

We also learned that three main German rivers flow through Passau: the Danube, the Inn and the Ilz. Each river appears a different colour at their confluence. The world's largest church organ can be found in the catherdral in Passau.

This was a great learning experience for us and we now have a better understanding of German school life and the city of Passau.

By Molly Barrett and Aifric Mangan

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M.F.L. Talk

On Thursday the 29th of September, everyone in 4th and 5th year were lucky enough to listen to a talk about all the opportunities we have to learn languages outside the classroom, and even outside the country.

We heard from two fantastic speakers. Firstly, Neasa Candon, who graduated from Dominican's only three years ago, told us all about her gap year in Konstanz in Germany before beginning her time at Trinity College. She shared a lot of valuable advice and addressed a lot of the apprehensions we could have about going abroad, from fluency to leaving behind our friends and family. She told us all about how she improved her German, and also met some of her closest friends during her time in Germany and how the time away from school helped her to grow.

Then next we heard from Conor from Stein Study, an organisation for learning languages abroad. He told us about all the opportunities they offer for transition year and fifth year students to do group trips and leaving cert prep courses across Europe to develop their fluency. He also gave us some really useful leaflets so we can look over all that Stein Study offer.

There were so many opportunities that I'd never thought about before, such as being a teaching assistant in English classes and doing an Erasmus year. Everyone really enjoyed listening to the stories and advice and I think we all benefited from it. (Jessica Dunne, 5.3)