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German as a Leaving Cert subject aims to bring students closer to fluency in the German language, as well as developing a good knowledge of literature, culture, geography, and national history to provide a context for communication. As Germany starts to play a major role in the wider European context, German as a language is becoming ever more important in the lives of young Europeans in offering career opportunities that will be available in the years ahead.

Why study German?

Gernany is one of Ireland's leading trading partners and Irish companies need professionals with a good knowledge of German. Germany if the world's largest outbound market and is the third most important market for visitors to the island.

Subject Content

Modern languages require students to be proficient in the following skills:

  • Oral/speaking
  • Written
  • Aural/listening
  • Reading

A wide variety of themes are covered, for example:

  • Family
  • School
  • Hobbies
  • Sport
  • Current Affairs

Grammar and Cultural Awareness are essential elements of these courses.

German Department

Victoria Malcolm, MA (Hons) (St Andrew’s), HDipEd (NUI)

  • King's Hospital German