The language component of German IV consists of a comprehensive review of grammar and syntax with an increased focus on more idiomatic and complex oral and written expression. Class discussions – in German – expand the students’ vocabulary and their fluency. Reading materials include prose and poetry about past and contemporary issues, in history, art, literature, and current events, as well as a monthly German magazine. The choice of material is tailored to the students’ interests. Language learning games and various projects support the students in their efforts. Students also have the use of a class Wiki.
Students polish their skills as speakers of German by making presentations in class, at all-school-meeting, or as ambassadors of Falmouth Academy when they take part in the biennial exchange trip to our partner school in Heidelberg, Germany. Part of the curriculum is to prepare students for this trip and to provide them with background information regarding customs and culture, as well as “practical” travel vocabulary.
Students in German IV participate in the Level 4 National German Exam for High School Students and have the option to take the SAT subject test in German.