Currently boys at Wetherby Senior School have the option of studying German from Year 7. They can then choose to continue with the subject or drop it after one year. Boys in Year 9 then have the option of taking German at GCSE.

Beginners in the subject start following the “Stimmt 1” course and will progress through to “Stimmt 3” by Year 9. The “Stimmt” course has been written specifically to introduce pupils to German in a fun and engaging way whilst also introducing a level of challenge appropriate for preparing them for GCSE. The course endeavours to reflect the world pupils live in, using contexts familiar to them in their everyday lives and teaching them the vocabulary that they need to communicate with young German people of their own age on topics that interest and stimulate them.


In Year 10 boys will begin the Edexcel iGCSE course. This course has as its broadest aim the desire to provide breadth, stretch and challenge and to enable students to show what they know, understand and can do within a clearly defined list of topic and sub-topic areas, such as House and Home, Environment or Free Time. Wherever possible, the target language is used in the classroom for communication between teacher and pupil and boys in Year 10 and 11 will have the opportunity to practise their speaking in small groups with a native speaker language assistant. Within this framework, all pupils are given the practical skills to achieve their best, whilst more able linguists are also stretched far beyond basic competence.


At A-Level it is anticipated that boys will follow the new AQA syllabus. This challenging and motivating course builds on the basic skills of GCSE but incorporates a much wider range of topic areas and adopts a more adult approach. The use of authentic materials such as newspapers, magazines and television broadcasts will support the usual course materials and boys will be able to study a variety of texts and films which are rich in cultural references and will help to broaden their horizons and knowledge of German language and culture. Boys will have 1 to 1 sessions on a weekly basis with the language assistant in order to practise their oral skills.

In the near future the German department would like to offer various trips to German speaking countries in order to stimulate interest in all things German and enable pupils to see beyond traditional stereotypes.

A few reasons why you should consider learning German:

– German has the largest number of native speakers in the European Union.

– Germany is the world’s second-largest exporter.

– The German economy ranks number one in Europe and number four worldwide.

– Germany is home to numerous international corporations.

– German is the second most commonly used scientific language in the world.

– German and English are similar. Many words in German sound and/or look the same as equivalent English words, because the two languages share the same Germanic roots. For example, look at these words: Haus = house, Buch = book, Finger = finger, Hand = hand. Easy!

– German is a very distinctive language. In what other language can you find such wonderful use of compound nouns? Today, the longest word in every day use is the 39 letter “Rechtsschutzversicherungsgesellschaften”, which translates as “insurance companies providing legal protection”.

– German is the language of Goethe, Marx, Nietzsche, and Kafka, of Mann, Brecht, and Grass. Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, and Schubert, Brahms, Schumann, Wagner, Mahler, and Schoenberg spoke and wrote German, as did Freud, Weber, Einstein, and Heisenberg, Kant, Hegel, and Heidegger.