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Why study German?

In today's global society, it is important for New Zealanders to be able to speak a foreign language. Learning languages is an important part of our curriculum and is a valuable skill if one is to work and communicate internationally. The study of a second language gives a much greater understanding and appreciation of one's own language and culture as well as the history of that country. It opens up a whole new world to be discovered and enjoyed and increases work opportunities and prospects.

The New Zealand Curriculum states that "languages link people locally and globally. They are spoken in the community, used internationally, and play a role in shaping the world. Language ... give(s) us access to new and different streams of thought and to beliefs and cultural practices ... Learning a new language extends students' linguistic and cultural understanding and their ability to interact appropriately with other speakers ... and introduces them to new ways of thinking about, questioning, and interpreting the world and their place in it ... students acquire skills and attitudes that equip them for living in a world of diverse peoples, languages and cultures." (Page 24)
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The magnificent Neuschwannstein Castle has so much interesting history attached to it. The Passion Play in the beautiful little village of Oberammergau is a wonderful example of God's faithfulness to His people. The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 led to the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe - what a day in history!

German is one of the major European languages and is a widely spoken first language in Europe, and is also widely used for business and trade. As a second language, it is increasingly influential in Eastern Europe. German belongs to the same language family as English and the German culture has contributed greatly to the literature, science, philosophy, music and visual arts of the English speaking world. Studying German therefore enhances the study of many other disciplines.

Germans stay longer, travel more widely and spend more in New Zealand than any other tourist group. The need for German in the tourism and service sectors and opportunities to use it are therefore growing rapidly.

German at Hebron Christian College

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Some of our students who were awarded prizes at last year's Auckland Society Goethe Examination

At Hebron we offer German as a taught language from Year 9 to Year 13. At Years 9 and 10, German is compulsory. This introductory course gives the students the ability to make themselves understood in everyday situations. Our German course emphasises communication skills and students are encouraged to write and talk about themselves, their schools, family, pets and hobbies. They learn the four essential skills necessary for learning a foreign language - listening, reading, speaking and writing.

At Years 11, 12 and 13, German is optional, and prepares students for NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3. By Year 13, a variety of complex spoken and written language skills have been acquired, such as discussing social problems, expressing opinions on current issues, films and literature, etc. Students are encouraged to read extensively on their own in order to build their confidence in German.

Experiencing the German culture here in New Zealand is always enjoyable, with painting eggs at Easter, film and dinner evenings (Wurst und Sauerkraut mit Apfelstruedel als Nachtisch) and a visit to a German coffee shop for a slice of Black Forest Cake.

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A German dinner and film evening Our pretty painted eggs Some of our lovely students

Visitors from Germany

DSC09123 1Over the past few years we have enjoyed visits from several student teachers from Germany, including Maike Brockmann, Julia Wagener, Verena Noelke, Marina Mueller and exchange student, Helga Lange. They all bring a new dimension to our programme and enjoy sharing aspects of their beautiful country and their culture with our students. A popular story is the faithfulness of the people of Oberammergau in keeping their promise to God because He answered their prayers and protected them from the plague.

This year we’ve been blessed to have Chrissie Reins and Svenja Hannig spend two months with us as part of their teacher training.  Both girls are studying at Leibniz University, Hanover.  Our students loved their innovative, energetic teaching style, as well as some social events at which we enjoyed some good German food, movies and learned more about their culture.

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We are also very proud of our NCEA students and those who have entered the Auckland Goethe Society Exams who have achieved consistently excellent results. We look forward to another successful year studying German.