German A-Level Texts/FilmsWatch
- Heinrich Böll Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum
- Bertolt Brecht Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder
- Friedrich Dürrenmatt Der Besuch der alten Dame
- Max Frisch Andorra
- Heinrich Heine Gedichte – Buch der Lieder
- Jana Hensel Zonenkinder
- Franz Kafka Die Verwandlung
- Wladimir Kaminer Russendisko
- Siegfried Lenz Fundbüro
- Bernhard Schlink Der Vorleser
- Good bye, Lenin! Wolfgang Becker (2003)
- Das Leben der Anderen Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (2006)
- Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei Hans Weingartner (2005)
- Almanya – Willkommen in Deutschland Yasemin Samdereli (2011)
- Sophie Scholl – Die letzten Tage Marc Rothemund (2005)
- Lola rennt Tom Tykwer (1998)
I've just finished AS German and hopefully I'll be taking German for A2. Lola rennt is a fantastic movie, you should definitely watch it.
The hardest a-level grammar points are probably the passive, the subjunctive and maybe adjective endings, so it might be good to read up on them a bit before the course starts.
YOu should find out which film & book your school has chosen and watch those. But for general enjoyment, I have seen both Lola Rennt & Goodbye Lenin! and they're both alright I guess - but I found the endings a bit ****.
For WJEC we had to choose two of these three - Film/Book/Region. One of them you talk about in the oral exam and the other one you have to write about in the paper. The third one you can just forget about. According to my teacher (and the examiner reports) very few schools with WJEC decided to study a region.
The one that you do the oral expose on (which for me was the film), can be on anything you want. Your class will have to prepare a list a few weeks before the oral exam with the films/books/region everyone is talking about so that the examiner can prepare to talk to you about whatever it is you're talking about. There is a set list of films/books/regions but you have free reign to choose whatever you want according to the exam board, provided your teacher lets you. There was 5 of us in my class, and although we studied Goodbye Lenin as a class, one of the people in my class decided to do Die Welle (another film). So whenever we watched/discussed the film in class he sat on his own and did his own work for his expose.
For the paper you must choose one of the named films/books/regions as you have to choose a specific question to answer. Usually (again, with WJEC, can't speak for other boards) there will be two questions per f/b/r and you only choose one to answer.
To put that into perspective, I did no work for any of my subjects in my AS year and my attendance was ~60% across the board - I scraped a D in both the oral and paper.
I stepped my game up for A2, resat both AS units with no revision and got two As, and got an A in the A2 oral and a C in the A2 paper.
I've written some tips elsewhere on here so if you scan through my posts you'll find them. One bit of advice I'd give though is in your spare time make sure you learn the language, because learning the language will make the subject easier.