Teaching staff for Spanish

The staff of the Spanish department currently consists of six permanent teachers (Ms. Harder, Ms. Hogekamp, Ms. Roy, Ms. Schneider, Ms. Velázquez, Ms. O'Connor). All of the teachers have first-hand knowledge of the Spanish and/or Latin American language and culture which they put to good use in their lessons.

Teaching staff for French

The staff of the French department currently consists of eight permanent teachers (Ms. Bursian, Ms. Roy, Ms. Schreiber, Ms. von Amelunxen, Ms. Märtens and Ms. Diemers (trainee teacher). Our teachers attend regular training courses in French language teaching methodology and didactics. On top of that, they frequently visit French-speaking regions, keeping themselves up to date with current linguistic and cultural developments in the various Francophone countries.

Spanish textbooks

Years 5 and 6: La pandilla (Cornelsen)

Years 7 and 8: Apúntate 1 and 2 (Cornelsen) plus additional materials focusing on various communicative, skill-oriented approaches to language teaching. Lessons also include music and games as well as trips to Spanish-speaking institutions, exhibitions featuring Hispanic themes, trying out local recipes and, of course, reading.

Years 9 and 10: ¿Qué pasa? 3 + 4 (Diesterweg)

Mandatory elective courses in years 9 and 10: Eñe A1 and Eñe A2 (hueber).

At upper secondary level, text materials are selected in accordance with students’ abilities and requirements.

French textbooks

Years 5 and 6: Découvertes 1 (Klett) plus additional materials

Year 7: Découvertes 1 (beginners) and Découvertes 2 (advanced) in combination with further reading and additional materials. Role play and sketches, songs, chansons and lyrics written by students as well as comics (B.D.), such as Asterix, all feature in the lessons. In addition, we will prepare and eat some dishes typical of the Francophone cuisine. We will also attend various events at the numerous French-language institutions located in and around Berlin and Potsdam.

Years 9 and 10: Découvertes 3 and 4 plus additional material.

Mandatory elective courses in years 9 and 10: Découvertes 1 to 3. We are, however, considering changing over to Cours intensif (Klett), as its faster learning pace would make it easier for students to continue on with the foundation course in year 11.

Trips abroad

In terms of advancing a student’s language skills, a trip to a country where the respective language is spoken is more valuable than anything language lessons can offer. More and more students are using such opportunities to improve their language skills, opting for extended stays abroad. Trips to Latin America (currently Peru/Argentina) and Francophone countries (e.g. France, Canada, Maghreb countries) are becoming more and more popular.

In year 8 and 9, students have the choice of going on a 4 to 6-day trip or exchange visit to either  France or Spain, allowing them to gain first-hand experience of local life. The aim of these trips is to develop their skills and give their motivation a boost.

Interdisciplinary school trips are also being considered in upper secondary.

Reports from the exchange visit of year 8 students to Nanterre/Paris from 2-9 May 2011

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