German IGCSE and Certificate OptionsEdit
IGCSE German (as a foreign language) is available from CIE, Edexcel and AQA. 'The speaking assessment is compulsory with all boards. All boards offer a Certificate version, which is OFQUAL-approved for UK state schools and which is likely to be the same examination but with a different code, but at time of writing it has not been possible to check this.
Note that it is difficult to find an exam centre to do the Speaking Assessment. Most centres will not do this for external candidates. Please check that the centre you have in mind can do the speaking assessment. Until recently, oral exams were optional for IGCSEs and unless the centre uses the qualification for its own students, staff may not be aware that orals are now compulsory in language IGCSEs. Please do not assume that the centre can do the speaking assessment unless they have said they will.
The exam-only option is [CIE First Language German]. This has only written papers - no speaking and listening assessments - and thus is easier to find an exam centre for, but of course would demand a higher standard of German.
CIE IGCSE GermanEdit
Edexcel International GCSE German Edit
Certificate version for UK schools available for examination in summer 2014 and beyond. Likely to be identical to the IGCSE but with OFQUAL approval and a different code.
AQA Certificate (IGCSE) GermanEdit
[German (IGCSE) (8665)] - The specification confirms that it is available to private candidates (p30)
Comments from HE-Exams listEdit
We are using Na Klar 3! (Nelson Thornes) for Edexcel German IGCSE. I believe it's a GCSE textbook. We coudn't find an IGCSE textbook to self-teach, as most of them seem to require owning a set of teacher CDs with audio & worksheets on them. We are doing German through Wolsey Hall and have a tutor who uses Na Klar. WH course is available for complete beginners and all required audio tacks and links to German websites are usable through the online portal.
Na Klar textbook cannot be used on its own and about 1/4 of the course requires the audio tracks.
We also use the AQA GSCE Grammar Workbook (OUP) - for extra grammar exercises, together with German DeMystified which has loads of written practice and an accompanying CD of audio.
All this, together with the software package Fluenz (expensive, but brilliant) and we think we are making progress. Currently averaging an A* with all assignments being marked as per final exam marking scheme.
There is a lot to cover if DC hasn't studied German previously. I think, if DC has studied KS3 German, the course would be very easy.
Make sure you have an exam centre for orals. Some, like Campbell Harris, only offer German oral exams for Edexcel GCSE, AS & A level but specifically exclude IGCSE MFL with oral component. We have been left with 3A Tutors in Bristol, unless we can find somewhere else by May next year.
Comment from another home ed family: As a course book my DS used ‘Edexcel international GCSE German ‘ by Marian Jones, Helen Kent Birgit Linton......published by Hodder education. There is a virtually identical one for CIE. He was teaching himself as I do not speak German. I had initially purchased 2 other course books before this one (Na Klar 3 & Logo) , however, both had too much ‘German’ in, so he had no idea how to work through the books. He had previously been learning German using Rosetta Stone before crossing over to IGCSE. DS also used Memrise for vocabulary. He was scoring A/A* on all his past papers.
Courses and TextbooksEdit
[Wolsey Hall German IGCSE] correspondence course
A-level German Edit
Edexcel offer an oral exam service for A-level German, so that you can sit the written papers at a local exam centre but then attend their London Orals Centre for the speaking test. This is only available for A-levels. Here is an extract from their information for exam centres on A-level language orals, which you can show to your examinations officer:
"If there is no teacher at your school to conduct an oral exam, it is possible to enter candidates for GCE orals with a Pearson Edexcel examiner in London. This service is only offered for Russian, Italian, German, Spanish and Urdu. More information is given on page 7 of the 2015 GCE French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Urdu Administrative support guide."
Online Resources Edit
[DuoLingo] - Free interactive site, good for a few European languages - also available as iPad and Android apps. Includes lessons, tests, and a competitive and optional social element. Great for teaching you exact spellings and accents. Really good fun. May be better suited to teens than littlies as many of the sentences you have to translate are about drinking wine and beer! As well as completing exercises and gaining points, you can help to translate the web via a crowdsourcing project.
[Busuu] - Interactive site and language learning community - can put you in touch with other learners to practise together.
[Conversation Exchange] - Pairs you with another learner who wants to learn, say, English - you can meet, Skype, email etc.. to practise.
[Zut!] - Interactive language site, free outside school hours. Covers French, German, Welsh and Spanish.
[Memrise] - Vocabulary building using fun mnemonics techniques in a game-like format. Covers many languages including French, Mandarin and Japanese. “A world memory champion and a neuroscientist have joined forces to create a language-learning website called Memrise, which combines mnemonic tricks with a game to help users learn quickly and efficiently”
[Quizlet German IGCSE] - Vocabulary flashcards in German - use wider search terms, eg 'German GCSE' for more options.
[BBC Languages] - Courses in a number of languages, all free online.
Online Tutors via SkypeEdit
There are various online tutor sites where you can get one-to-one tuition over Skype, usually cheaper than face-to-face. eg see [The Tutor Crowd] or this French specialist tutor: http://www.myfrenchtutor.co.uk/