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General Information

Subject Overview

There is a common syllabus framework for the teaching and examining of modern languages in the Leaving Certificate. Syllabus content draws on and develops many aspects of the aims, objectives and content of languages at junior cycle. The aims are

  • To foster in learners such communicative skills in the target language as will enable them to:
    • take full part in classroom activities conducted in the target language
    • participate in everyday transactions and interactions
    • extract information and derive enjoyment from the mass media
    • consider as a realistic option the possibility of pursuing leisure activities, further study and/or career opportunities through the medium of the target language
  • To give learners a critical awareness of how meaning is organised and conveyed by the structures and vocabulary of the target language, and thus to contribute to their understanding of the workings of human language in general
  • To help learners develop strategies for effective language learning
  • To equip learners with a broad acquaintance with the cultural, social and political complexion of countries in which the target language is a normal medium of communication and thus to help raise their awareness of cultural, social and political diversity generally.

Content

The three broad components of the syllabus are:

  • Basic Communicative Proficiency
  • Language Awareness
  • Cultural Awareness

An integrated approach to these components is recommended.

  • Basic Communicative Proficiencybuilds on the repertory of communicative targets established by the Junior Certificate programme. The communicative skills acquired in the junior cycle will be maintained and continually reactivated during the senior cycle.

The objectives specified in this section relate to:

  • practical challenges that might be faced by the learner when operating in the target language community for example
  • meeting and getting to know people and maintaining social relations
  • coping with travel and transport
  • buying goods and services
  • dealing with emergencies
  • activities and discussion that are likely to take place through the target language in the classroom for example
  • understanding, seeking and giving information about climate and weather
  • understanding, expressing feelings and emotions
  • engaging in discussion
  • passing on messages
  • Language Awareness

Aspects of the junior cycle syllabus referring to the development of learners' language awareness are further developed in the Leaving Certificate syllabus

The objectives specified in this section relate to:

  • raising the learner's awareness about the workings of the target language
  • raising awareness abut the learner's own encounter with the language
  • fostering effective use of the language
  • developing awareness of relevant aspects of the mother tongue and other languages known to the learner.
  • Cultural Awareness

Aspects of the junior cycle syllabus referring to the development of learners' cultural awareness are further developed in the Leaving Certificate syllabus. The objectives in this section should contribute to cultural and intercultural education generally The focus is on

  • the target language community and
  • its relationship to Ireland and the Irish way of life.

Issues referred to go beyond cultural divisions.

The objectives specified in this section relate to

  • learning in the target language about the present-day culture associated with the target language
  • reading modern literary texts in the target language
  • describing and discussing everyday life in the target language community
  • understanding, describing and discussing aspects of the relations between the target language community and Ireland
  • understanding, describing and discussing in general terms issues that transcend cultural divisions.

Assessment

Assessment is by means of a written examination at two levels, Ordinary level and Higher level. There is also an aural and an oral examination at both levels.

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Statistics

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German Leaving Cert Statistics

In 2012 a total of 4368 students took German at Leaving Cert. 

15.3% of students got an A

28% of students got a B

33.7% of students got a C

20.7% of students got a D

2.3% of students failed

 

Exam Breakdown

Past Exam Breakdown Higher Level

German Leaving Cert Higher  
Time 2 ½ hours - Written exam / 40 minutes - Aural Exam
Marks 400
Structure Oral exam (100 marks)
  15-20 minutes
  Informal conversation with external examiner
Picture Sequence or Project
Role Play
Written paper (220 marks)
2½ hours (150 minutes)
Text 1: Reading comprehension Literary Extract (60 marks)
Text 1: Applied Grammar (25 marks)
Text 11: Reading Comprehension (60 marks)
Text 11: Related written expression (25 marks)
Written Production (50 marks) answer (a) or (b)
Aural exam (100 marks)
  40 minutes
  Listening comprehension tape plus questions

 

Past Exam Breakdown Ordinary Level

German Lower Level  
Time 2 ½ hours - Written exam / 40 minutes - Aural Exam
Marks 400
Structure Structure Oral exam (80 marks)
  15-20 minutes
  Informal conversation with external examiner
  Picture Sequence or Project
  Role Play
  Written paper (220 marks)
  2½ hours (150 minutes)
  Text 1: Reading comprehension Literary Extract (60 marks)
  Text 1: Reading comprehension - Applied Grammar (15 marks)
  Text 11: Reading Comprehension - Non Literary Text (60 marks)
  Text 11: Related written expression (15 marks)
  Text 111:Reading Comprehension - Non Literary Text (40 marks)
  Written Production (30 marks) - answer (a) or (b)
  Aural exam (80 marks)
  40 minutes Aural exam (100 marks)
  Listening comprehension tape plus questions

 

Paper Layout

German

Marks: 220
Answer 5 / 6 Questions
Time Allocated: 2 hours and 30 minutes

German Exam

The German exam is given at two levels at Leaving Cert - ordinary and higher. The exam for both levels takes the same format. Students have to complete an oral exam prior to the written paper, this is generally held in the two weeks after the Easter mid-term. Students should practice speaking German  as often as possible prior to the exam.

The oral exam takes between 10-15 minutes  and the examiner examines students on their pronounciation ,vocabulary,structure  and communication skills.

The oral exam is worth 20% for ordinary level and 25 % for higher level.

The aural exam takes place the day of the exam and generally lasts for about 40 minutes, this tests students listening and comprehension skills. Students listen to different passages,dialogues etc.

The aural exam is worth 25% for ordinary level and 20 % for higher level.

The written paper tests students written, reading and comprehension abilities.

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