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Hi everyone! In two days time I’m starting German at A-Level and am quite anxious. Have any of you done it before and got any tips? Is the jump from gcse to a level really big? I got a 6 at gcse. I absolutely love the subject but not sure if it’s perhaps too out of my depth? Any help much appreciated
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I love German, it's my favourite language and I did it at both A Level and BA (Hons) level.

If you don't have them already and have some money for books, try to make sure that you have these two:

https://www.routledge.com/Hammers-Ge.../9781138853713

https://collins.co.uk/products/9780008241339

You will find them very useful.

You might be interested in some of the themes mentioned here:

https://www.goethe.de/ins/gb/de/spr/...m/dfj/alv.html

This might interest you, you can order a magazine called Deutsch Perfekt to be delivered to your home if you like what you see.

https://www.deutsch-perfekt.com/

This also looks very good, this will help you begin to listen to more spoken German. This is important, as you need to be confident when discussing some quite complex subjects.

https://www.dw.com/de/deutsch-lernen/s-2055

Which board sets your exam?
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I love German, it's my favourite language and I did it at both A Level and BA (Hons) level.

If you don't have them already and have some money for books, try to make sure that you have these two:

https://www.routledge.com/Hammers-Ge.../9781138853713

https://collins.co.uk/products/9780008241339

You will find them very useful.

You might be interested in some of the themes mentioned here:

https://www.goethe.de/ins/gb/de/spr/...m/dfj/alv.html

This might interest you, you can order a magazine called Deutsch Perfekt to be delivered to your home if you like what you see.

https://www.deutsch-perfekt.com/

This also looks very good, this will help you begin to listen to more spoken German. This is important, as you need to be confident when discussing some quite complex subjects.

https://www.dw.com/de/deutsch-lernen/s-2055

Which board sets your exam?
Thank you so so much! I believe I’m doing AQA
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I would read through the specification, you will find it useful:

https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resourc...62-SP-2016.PDF

Previous papers are here, including sound files.

Have a quick listen to the sound file which is first in the list, it's very interesting.

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/lang...d+mark+schemes
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I would read through the specification, you will find it useful:

https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resourc...62-SP-2016.PDF

Previous papers are here, including sound files.

Have a quick listen to the sound file which is first in the list, it's very interesting.

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/lang...d+mark+schemes
Thank you so so so much!! I really appreciate everything you’ve sent me! I shall take some time to look through it all now, thank you!
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Thank you so so so much!! I really appreciate everything you’ve sent me! I shall take some time to look through it all now, thank you!
My pleasure.

I wonder which of the books and films listed your teacher has selected for you?

There are some really good ones on the list.

By the way, I used to get my books from a specialist bookshop in London called Grant and Cutler, which is a special languages bookshop.

It's now a part of Foyles, but they still offer the same excellent selection and service. I know that people can just go click, click to buy things online, but, if you want to ask about something, they would be my first port of call, as they have language specialists who can advise.

https://www.grantandcutler.com/section/G
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Hi, I am currently going into year 13 and I study German (as well as French).

I really like German although when I started A levels I did struggle, but I think the main reason for this was a lot of people in my class are natives/half-native so I found myself comparing myself to them a lot. If your class ends up like this, don't worry because they can really help you to get better (and not everyone will be) (but it may be a bit of a shock at first).

The difference from GCSE to A level is not hugely different. I am also doing AQA and in the first year you go through topics like you did in GCSE but you are learning more facts and knowledge in depth and with a lot more vocab. First year AQA topics are quite good (there are 6 including: family, technology, youth culture, festivals, art&architecture and Berlin culture/life). From my own experience, learn your vocab there is a lot of it!!!
You will probably have speaking classes, these are a little scary at first, but after some time you should be more comfortable in them.
You may already know but you have to study a film and book. It's a bit like GCSE lit but in German.

The key to languages is doing practice regularly (listening, reading etc...) so as long as you keep working you will be fine.

I know at my college you can change subjects within a certain time of starting it, so if you really hate it you could try changing classes.

I hope this is helpful and if you have any more questions please ask
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