Teaching German film and literature can sometimes be challenging for practitioners whose skills are more firmly rooted in language rather than culture. This revised course introduces teacher to the cultural aspect of the German Paper 2 exam, examines the choices that they can make with regards to texts, develops their analytical skills and helps them to support their students more confidently with the requirements of the Paper 2 examination.

Led by Dr Franzi Florack, an expert on cultural education and a native speaker, educators will leave with new ideas, resources and confidence and students will succeed in German Paper 2.


  • 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 | Tuesday 2 July 2019
London | Wednesday 16 October 2019
  • 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
  • The key challenges of teaching foreign language texts and films for A-level students
  • Strategies for ensuring students have received the level of detail needed when teaching German literature and film
  • Approaches to teaching and learning of cultural texts: key issues in German literature and film

11.00 – 11.15am
Discussion: coffee break

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

  • Reviewing the range of texts in literature and film including quick summaries
  • Selecting the right cultural material and background for your students: tactics and techniques to create success
  • Critical appreciation of the concepts and issues covered in the works
  • What do the exam boards mean by ‘a critical and analytical response’?
  • 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
  • Where students struggled in the 2018 exams, using examples from Mutter Courage und Ihre Kinder and Zonenkinder
  • How to encourage excellent independent research
  • Examine a range of teaching approaches to developing appreciation of literary German, (using Der Besuch der alten Dame)
  • Training students to utilise the most important textual detail for exam success
  • Teaching key literature vocabulary to enable high level analysis
  • A focused introduction with resource examples and targeted critical responses: using Der Vorleser to highlight the key skills required

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, using Das Leben der Anderen and Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei
  • Reviewing important scenes to produce excellent exam responses: using Goodbye, Lenin! as an example
  • Key film vocabulary for analysis, including camera, editing, props and light
  • Examples from Das Leben der Anderen to demonstrate excellent analytical skills
  • Revision ideas to help students produce high grade essays

Review and summary

Dr Franzi Florack

Franzi is a consultant, researcher and lecturer interested in media and arts education, with a particular area of expertise on German literature and film. She currently works as a Research Associate for UCL. With a Masters from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in Education and Film, Franzi has experience as a secondary/FE teacher and educational researcher. She has spoken about and published on a range of education projects in the UK and internationally.

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German Paper 2