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German lessons cut

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by Geheim, Mar 15, 2020.

  1. Geheim

    Geheim New commenter

    Hi all,
    I was wondering if there is somebody who has experienced this scenario.

    I’m working in a small independent school and at the moment the students start French and German in Y7 and chose one language for GCSE.
    However, from next academic year onwards it has been decided that the students start only French in Y7 (4hours per fortnight) and German in Y8 while continuing with French. In Y8 and Y9 they will have 3 lessons for each language per fortnight and if they chose it for GCSE 5 lessons in Y10 and Y11 per fortnight. My concerns are that first of all I won’t get through the curriculum and secondly that at the end of Y9 the students chose French as they think they have done it for longer....
    Basically my concerns are if this is the beginning of German being phased out....

    If anybody has any experience or thoughts on this matter, I would be very grateful!

    Thanks in advance
  2. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    My child's school started most of them on a second language in year 8, and then let them choose whether to continue with both or just one in year 9, and they could choose which to continue with. I think they had roughly twice as many continuing with the first language as with either the second or both. I'm guessing they discouraged weaker students from doing both.
  3. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    Are they only allowed to do one language for GCSE? If so, maybe it would be better to have a term (and a half?) each of German and French in year 7, and then choose for year 8 - assuming you can timetable that.
  4. meggyd

    meggyd Lead commenter

    Sadly yes it is. I was a German specialist and this happened in various schools I worked in. German is hard at the beginning. The fewer the students, the greater the proportion of native speakers and the harder it is for kids with no German background to attain high grades. Fewer graduates coming out of uni capable of teaching it, fewer native speakers because of Brexit means planning a course four or five years ahead is a problem. If you are young and want to continue teaching then brush up your French and reinvent yourself as a specialist. Sad. I love German!
    boatie likes this.
  5. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    My daughter never really had a proper chance to do two language GCSEs.
    Kids at my old school haven't had an opportunity to do German for several years.
  6. Geheim

    Geheim New commenter

    Thanks for your reply. In theory they are allowed two. However the way the option blocks are put, it doesn’t work. I like the idea with splitting the academic year. Unfortunately our head has decided it’s French against all reason ( results, numbers, A level uptake etc. ) Spanish has just been phased out as well.... I guess I was hoping for somebody telling me that’s it’s not that bad... worth a try. Thanks again
  7. Geheim

    Geheim New commenter

    Thanks for your reply. Unfortunately, I’m not that young anymore and French is not an option. Well, I put up a fight for almost five years..... And I agree with what you say about fewer graduates etc. In addition, I am a native speaker with dual citizenship ;) I guess it is what it is....

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