Senior Cycle German follows a common framework for modern languages at senior cycle.
The syllabus content draws on the junior cycle syllabus and develops many aspects of its aims, objectives and content.
The syllabus components are derived from a set of Behavioural Components. These are: Basic Communicative Proficiency, Language Awareness, and Cultural Awareness.
Assessment of the different language skills is distributed as follows;
Higher Level Ordinary Level
Speaking 25% Speaking 20%
Listening comprehension 20% Listening comprehension 25%
Reading comprehension 30% Reading Comprehension 40%
Writing 25% Writing 15%
The oral component of assessment will consist of
(a) general conversation, based on the syllabus content; candidates may avail of the option of discussing a literary work
(b) one of these options:
(i) Project: discussing a project the candidate has worked on which is relevant to the syllabus content
(ii) Picture Sequence: story narration and brief discussion of issues arising from story
(c) a role-play situation.
Candidates will be required to listen to a tape recording and to answer questions in English or Irish on what they have heard. They will be required to demonstrate an understanding of general information and specific details on a variety of aural stimuli arising from the subject content of the syllabus, including conversations overheard, public announcements, and extracts from radio and other sources.
Candidates will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of, and extract relevant specific information from, such texts as public signs, menus, timetables, brochures, guides, letters, newspaper or magazine articles and works of literature. Material at the Higher Level will place greater demands on the candidates. It will require the candidate to explore various levels of meaning within a text and demonstrate awareness of some stylistic aspects of literary texts.
The tasks set will primarily require the candidate to use the target language for purposes of communication, such as expressing feelings and attitudes, giving and obtaining information, describing, relating, offering explanations, summarising, elaborating, etc.