Why bother learning German?

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Stephen Parkinson독일어 (German)
2016年12月16日
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According to recent reports from both Cambridge University and routes into languages, the uptake of all modern foreign languages at GCSE has fallen over the past 10 years, but no language has fallen quite as dramatically as German. In fact, according to Cambridge University, less than 12% of GSCE students in state schools across the UK now take German as a GCSE. In Wales alone the German uptake rate has dropped by 10% in the last 10 years alone. However, before you read this and decide not to take German as a GCSE subject, here are some reasons you should reconsider:

It will put you ahead of the competition

With GCSE, A-Level and university uptake rates this low, in 10 years’ time there will be a massive shortage of German speakers in the UK and abroad. Learning German will help you with university and future job applications.

Travel opportunities

With 120 million native speakers, German is Europe’s most widely spoken mother tongue. Add to that the fact that it is the second most spoken second language in Europe (behind English), it means that by learning German you will never face tricky language situations on trips to Europe again! Follow this link to find where German is spoken in the world: http://german.about.com/od/culture/a/germanspoken_3.htm

The internet is filled with German

The internet is a big place, but with 8 million internet sites using ‘.de’ as their domain, German is second only to ‘.com’ in terms of the number of internet pages. By learning German you will never get bored on the internet again!

The opportunity to explore Germany’s rich heritage

Whether it be history, literature or architecture you are interested in, Germany has it all. From the old hanseatic city of Hamburg in the north to the Bavarian capital Munich in the south, no two German towns look the same. A range of historical time periods have also influenced Germany’s culture, and this can also be seen in every city, especially Berlin. You can also lose yourself in famous books by Goethe, Schiller or Kafka. This shows learning German is much more than just learning a language.

It’s fun

The last point on this list is probably the most important, learning German is fun! Speak to anyone who has studied the language and they will all tell you the same. It is challenging, but being able to communicate with people from a different country is one of the most exciting feelings in the world. Studying German is an investment in your future!

Sources: http://www.cambridgeassessment.org.uk/Images/166839-gcse-uptake-2013.pdf

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/8722447/GCSE-French-and-German-suffer-most-as-numbers-studying-languages-falls-to-record-low.html
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I am a 23 year old German and English teacher originally from London, but now living and working in Leipzig, Germany. In July 2015 I graduated from Bangor University with a BSc degree in Sports Science and German, a course which included a year studying in Leipzig. Through this course and year abroad, I have developed a fluent level of the German language. I would be happy to teach you: Grammar topics, conversation classes, vocabulary classes, GCSE and A-Level help and just have general chit chat. I currently teach English at the Sportoberschule Leipzig to learners from 10 to 17 years old, meaning that I can teach from a very low level to a very high level. I was an intern at the Wales German Network, a scheme which tries to improve the German teaching standard in Welsh schools. In this role I planned, taught and delivered masterclasses for pupils of German from age 12-18. So again, a low level to a high level.
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독일어 (German)
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영국
time
241
영어 (English)
원어민
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독일어 (German)
C2
,
프랑스어 (French)
A1
I am a 23 year old German and English teacher originally from London, but now living and working in Leipzig, Germany. In July 2015 I graduated from Bangor University with a BSc degree in Sports Science and German, a course which included a year studying in Leipzig. Through this course and year abroad, I have developed a fluent level of the German language. I would be happy to teach you: Grammar topics, conversation classes, vocabulary classes, GCSE and A-Level help and just have general chit chat. I currently teach English at the Sportoberschule Leipzig to learners from 10 to 17 years old, meaning that I can teach from a very low level to a very high level. I was an intern at the Wales German Network, a scheme which tries to improve the German teaching standard in Welsh schools. In this role I planned, taught and delivered masterclasses for pupils of German from age 12-18. So again, a low level to a high level.

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