The course develops the four core skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing) and offers an insight into various current topics such as social issues and trends (family, the digital world, youth culture), artistic culture (festivals and tradition) both at GCSE and A Level.
In the Sixth Form there is an additional focus on art and architecture, cultural life in Berlin – past and present – as well as on immigration, integration, racism, the European Union and German re-unification and its consequences.
Two literary texts by renowned authors (such as Dürrenmatt's Der Besuch and Schlink by Der Vorleser) and a film (Goodbye, Lenin!) are studied too. Enrichment opportunities include trips to Salzburg and Vienna, attending the A Level Film Study Day at the BFI or meetings with German students from Tonbridge.
Head of Department
Ros joined Benenden in 2010, having previously worked at Vinehall Prep School and a Montessori school in Sydney. She lived in Germany for seven years and was a scuba diving instructor in Australia for ten.
Apart from her interest in linguistics and translation, she is also a keen racquet sports player and seamstress, and enjoys teaching the girls sewing in the co-curricular programme.