Get to Grips With GCSE German

June 6, 2016

GCSE German: Getting to Grips

Get to grips with your German exam in GCSE

GCSE examiners want to know that you have a clear understanding and comprehension of the language. It’s even better if you can convey that you enjoy and want to develop your language skills.

Expand your answers 

Questions often asked in the spoken part of the examination are “Where do you live?” and “What age are you?”  Rather than answering with just one sentence, try to include more information about yourself to demonstrate that you are comfortable speaking the language.  

Expand out your answers for the purposes of the exam. Use adjectives where you can (these are used to describe nouns. Adjectives will make your answers more descriptive, interesting and like a real conversation.

Practise using exam papers

Whether you’re most comfortable with the reading, comprehension, listening, writing or speaking elements of the German GCSE exam, it’s essential that you work through as many past papers as you can.  

Complete exam questions and papers as if you are in an exam setting and time yourself. Ask a teacher or mentor to check through your answers and give you as much feedback as possible.  

There are common question types (known as exam rubrics) that your teacher will go through with you. Get to know typical question types inside out and practise them as much as you can. 


Concentrate on the cases  
German cases are hugely important when learning the language. It’s essential you know them for your GCSE exam. They might seem complicated, but their purpose is to help you to decipher how words work in a sentence.  

Nominative refers to the person or thing carrying out the verb.  

Genitive shows that something belongs to someone.

Accusative refers to the person or thing affected by the verb.

Dative the person or thing to whom something is being given or shown. 

 

Immerse yourself

Language immersion is a great technique to use in the run-in to the exam. Try to immerse yourself in German as much as possible – even outside of your actual study – by listening it to it on your computer, radio, or television.

Through immersion, you will begin to think in the language and become more comfortable with it before you sit the exam.  

Memorize some key general phrases that you are likely to use in the exam as these will set you off and get you into a flow.

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