Learning German - Mid Secondary






By 15 or 16 most kids will already have studied German for a couple of years so most of the materials for this age group are not for complete beginners. If you are starting from scratch, see the materials listed under Younger Secondary. Many of them are fine for older learners as well.

In Britain, the mid-secondary years are the time when students are working towards their GCSE exams, and many of the websites providing materials for this age reflect this. The BBC's Bitesize German pages provide guidance and practice activities for each part of the exam - listening, speaking, reading and writing - at two levels (Foundation and Higher). And even if you're not taking the exam, provide useful skills practice. There's also a fun game, Destination Death.

If you're taking the exam, check out the S-cool site too. It gives advice on taking the exam and practice for the topics on the syllabus - free time, house and home, food and drink and so on.
Practise your listening comprehension with some great videos from the Ashcombe School, and try out some of their interactive exercises too.

Learning German doesn't just mean learning the language, but also learning about the culture and customs of the country. The online resource centre for Deutsch Aktuell provides a fun way to do so. Each activity takes the form of a webquest, during which the student is directed to a website to find out information on German culture and lifestyle. At the lower levels the questions are in English - they change to German as the student progresses through the three levels of the course.


And if you need help planning your revision for the exams, and making sure you don't get too stressed, Revision Centre has some excellent advice.





The Channel Four website offers Homework High, a service where you can ask questions about German and get an answer from a teacher. They also provide some interactive activities, at four different levels, intended to accompany the TV course Extra. It's not as useful as it might be, but has a few things worth looking at. If you're in the UK, you can also see the videos on Teachers' TV.