Teaching German film and literature can sometimes be challenging for practitioners whose skills are more firmly rooted in language rather than culture. This brand-new course introduces teacher to the cultural aspect of the German A Level exams, examines the choices that they can make with regards to texts and films, develops their analytical skills and helps them to support their students more confidently with the requirements of the Paper 2 examination. Led by Wanda Marshall, a very experienced German teacher and examiner for the AQA examination board, educators will leave with new ideas, resources and confidence and students will succeed in Paper 2. The day will focus on the texts and films common to the three major exam boards.


  • Develop advanced skills on analysing German literature and film
  • Take away new approaches, ideas and resources to teaching German literature and film
  • Obtain sophisticated and up-to-date analysis of key concepts in German literature and film
  • Deepen your understanding of the key demands of the new exams
  • Gain crucial guidance which will allow your students to produce excellent exam analysis for Paper 2
COURSE DATES London | Monday 10 February 2020
  • Teachers of A-level German
  • Heads of Language Departments
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues


10.00 – 11.00am
Exploring German culture in the A Level Curriculum

  • Teaching the exam board requirements and standards for A-level German
  • Reviewing the range of texts and films available and a comparison between boards
  • A review of the support materials available for teachers and students
  • The key challenges of teaching foreign language texts and films for A-level students
  • A review of the 2019 Examiners’ Reports – what are the key issues for Paper 2?

11.00 – 11.15am
Discussion: coffee break

11.15 – 12.30pm
Teaching German cultural texts to the highest level

  • Critical appreciation of the concepts and issues covered in the works
  • What do the exam boards mean by ‘a critical and analytical response’?
  • The links between success in AO4 and AO3 and strategies to ensure high marks in both
  • Example classroom activities for understanding, analysis and text production

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.30pm
Focus on Literature

  • Tips for preparing students for studying German literary texts
  • Selecting the right text for your students
  • Where students struggled in the 2019 exams and advice to fix this
  • Encouraging excellent and pertinent independent research
  • Teaching approaches for developing appreciation of literary German
  • Training students to utilise the most important textual detail for exam success
  • Teaching key literature vocabulary to enable high level analysis
  • Examples will focus on Der Vorleser, Die Verwandlung, and Der Besuch der alten Dame

2.30 – 2.45pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

2.45 – 3.45pm
Focus on Film

  • Developing analytical skills for German film: a guide to create advanced viewers
  • Changing students’ appreciation of film from entertainment to art form
  • Selecting the most appropriate film for your students: issues to consider
  • Reviewing important scenes to produce excellent exam responses
  • Key film vocabulary for analysis, including camera, editing, props and light
  • Revision ideas to help students produce high grade essays and demonstrate excellent analytical skills
  • Examples will focus on Das Leben der Anderen and Goodbye Lenin

Review and summary

Wanda Marshall

Wanda is a German and French teacher of nearly 20 years’ experience. She was formerly Head of German in a large north London comprehensive. She currently teaches Edexcel A Level German in a sixth form college and has also been an examiner for AQA A Level German (Paper 3, oral) for the past five years so she has first hand current experience of teaching and examining the two main boards.

German Paper 2