French & German Standard grade courses are available in French and German. The approach adopted in both courses is essentially the same. German is, of course, a more intensive and, therefore, demanding course given that pupils have only two years to reach Standard grade level.
Pupils of all abilities are given the opportunity to develop the skills which will allow them to use a modern language in real-life situations. It is used as much as possible in the classroom. Pupils will be involved in activities such as talking to the teacher, to a partner, or in a group in their chosen language. They will listen to recordings of native speakers, possibly watch videos and read materials taken from authentic sources, eg foreign magazines and newspapers. Writing in the foreign language will also be important as an aid to understanding and as a skill to be developed.
Separate grades are given for Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. For the actual exam Listening and Reading are assessed externally by written papers (with a tape recording in the case of Listening). Speaking tests are carried out by the class teacher in the school and Writing is assessed by means of a folio consisting of the pupil's three best pieces of work written over the course.