German / Year 9 and 10 / Understanding / Systems of language

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Curriculum content descriptions

Explore the features of spoken and written language, and apply variations in relation to features such as stress, pronunciation and contractions

[Key concepts: stress, rhythm, application; Key processes: exploring, reproducing, applying]


  • recognising ways in which written language is different to spoken language, such as being more crafted, precise, elaborated and complex, for example, the use of interrelated clauses and support detail
  • recognising the interactive, fluid and less permanent nature of spoken language, identifying features such as interactivity, and the use of repetition, pauses, interruptions, contractions, incomplete sentences and reliance on non-verbal elements and vocal expression
  • recognising and responding to challenges associated with clarity and pace in audio texts, such as railway station or airport announcements or recorded phone messages, and variations or differences in pronunciation to ensure clarity, for example, zwei/zwo; Juli (pronounced as Julei)
  • recognising and reproducing rhythms in complex sentences, using pausing and intonation to signal clause boundaries and emphasis
  • analysing and comparing the use of contractions in English and in German, for example, Ich hab keine Lust or Mach’s gut!
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Pronunciation,  German language,  Contractions (Grammar),  Stress (Nerves)

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