German Language Department
This is the department page for German language at Palmerston North Boys' High School, the only school in the region to offer German. We are strongly committed to carrying out teaching into all areas of German language and culture and encourage our students to broaden their horizons and extend their career prospects by learning another language. Every three years students get the opportunity to travel to Germany to put into practice what they have learned in the classroom.
German Language courses
Students learn about greetings, introductions, school, the time, weather and seasons, food, sport and leisure getting around town. They also learn to talk about family, friends, pets, birthdays and celebrations and their life. German history and culture are part of the course, as well as comparing German life with New Zealand life.
Building on Year 9 skills, students learn about school life, houses and homes, towns and cities, shopping for clothes, leisure and social activities, sports injuries, eating out, holidays, personal relationships and the people in the German-speaking world. They also learn how to ask for and give permission and to talk about past events.
NCEA level 1 allows students to use and expand their knowledge gained in the junior school and continue to learn about life in Germany and German speaking cultures.
There is an emphasis on interacting and making meaning in this course. Students delve into the world of German cinema and literature, as well as study a German-speaking community outside Germany in detail. They also look at personal relationships, health issues for teenagers, technology, leisure, media, music and future plans.
This course aims to enhance listening, reading, speaking and writing skills, as well as to encourage an understanding of the way of life in German-speaking countries. Students study a region of Germany in detail and they also look at racism issues, crime and punishment, the environment, the creative arts of Germany, and the world of work.
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