VCE German

This information is based on the study information provided by VCAA.

Rationale

This study develops students’ ability to understand and use a language which has long been recognised as a world language of culture, music, theology and philosophy as well as a key language in the fields of science, medicine, economics and technology.  As well as being extensively used within communities in Europe, Latin America, the Far East and Africa, there is a significant German heritage within Australia.  Studying a language other than English contributes to the overall education of students, particularly in the area of communication but also in cross cultural understanding, cognitive development and literacy.

Structure

The study is made up of four units.

Unit 1

The areas of study comprise themes and topics, grammar text types, vocabulary and kinds of writing.  This unit should allow students to establish and maintain a spoken or written exchange, listen to, read and obtain information from written and spoken texts and produce a personal response to a text focusing on real or imaginary experience.

Unit 2

The areas of study comprise themes and topics, grammar text types, vocabulary and kinds of writing.  This unit will allow the student to participate in a spoken or written exchange, listen to, read and extract and use information and ideas from spoken and written texts and give expression to real or imaginary experience in written or spoken form.

Units 3 and 4

The areas of study comprise themes and topics, grammar text types, vocabulary and kinds of writing.  In these units, students analyse and use information from texts and undertake a detailed study of language and culture through texts.  Students should be able to express ideas through the production of original texts, analyse and use information from spoken and written texts and exchange information, opinions and experiences.  They should also be able to respond critically to spoken and written texts which reflect aspects of the language and culture of German speaking communities.

Entry

German is designed for students who will, typically, have studied German for at least 400 hours at the completion of Year 12.  It is possible, however, that some students with less formal experience will also be able to meet the requirements successfully.

Assessment

Units 1 and 2

Individual assessment by school

Units 3 and 4

School assessed coursework, a two hour written examination and a 15 minute oral examination.

  • Unit 3 school assessed coursework (25%)
  • Unit 4 school assessed coursework (25%)
  • End of year examination (50%)
    • the Oral component is worth 12.5%
    • the Written component is worth 37.5%