Why German is for you
Many of the Western world’s most important works of philosophy, literature, music, art history, theology, psychology, chemistry, physics, engineering and medicine are written in German and continue to be produced in German. There are 110 million speakers in Europe who consider German their mother tongue: more than any other language in Europe. More than 400 German companies create over 100,000 Australian jobs and there are 200 Australian companies in Germany.
Learning German will enhance your further study and career prospects. There are well-established partnership programs between almost all Australian universities and their counterparts in Germany. Germany is also keen for students to study at their universities.
If you speak English, you already know more German than you may realise! English and German belong to the same “family” of languages. It doesn't take a Raketenwissenschaftler (rocket scientist) to figure out these German words: Haus (house), Name (name), schwimmen (swimming), Universität (university). German also has some really cool, really long words like Rechtsschutzversicherungsgesellschaften: it means insurance companies providing legal protection. The Guinness Book of World Records recognises this word as the longest German word in everyday use. There is also Handschuhschneeballwerfer which is a person who wears gloves to throw snowballs.
The Year 7 German language course is all about you, “Alles über mich”. You will learn how to introduce yourself, talk about how you’re feeling, your family, your age, your birthday, where you live and more. You’ll also be able to form questions to ask others. This means you’ll be able to have a conversation!
There is an internet site designed for you which includes interactive activities and extension and revision tasks. Games, videos and a workbook are among the other resources you will use to build your language skills. You will also learn about German pronunciation and examine similarities and differences between German and English. Not only will you learn a language … you will also have an introduction to Germany and its people, culture and history. When you continue your German studies into Year 9 and 10, you become eligible to apply for a ten-week exchange visit to Germany.