German is taught by Lena Tiernan and Nicola Mc Cormick.

It is offered at both Junior and Senior Cycle. All first years take German as part of their core curriculum with second years choosing it as an option for the Junior Certificate.


First years use “Klasse I”: a very student friendly book with lots of activities to encourage a rapid development in the spoken language.
‘Deutsch ir Irland 2’ is used to deepen this knowledge in 2nd and 3rd year.

Fourth years participate in an exchange with our partner-school in Freigericht, near Frankfurt. Our students visit Germany in October-November for a week, staying with host families and attending school with their partners. They also participate in a full programme of activities, including a trip to Heidelberg and ice skating. The German students come to Schull at Easter, where they sample the sights of West Cork and attend Schull Community College as well.
The exchange is an integral part of the fourth year programme. Students experience the language in a real life context and learn about the German way of life, and the cultural similarities and differences between our two countries.
In fourth year, students also study contemporary German films, learn about the geography of Germany, the school system, leisure activities and much more!
They also complete a project on one of the 16 “Bunderslander’.

In fifth and sixth year, students concentrate on perfecting their skills in German, with a great emphasis on oral and aural work, writing letters, learning to tackle authentic reading texts and short pieces on topics relevant to the Leaving Cert programme. The text used is”Lernpunkt 3″.
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