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Language Acquisition (German)


Course description and aims:

Through the study of German at higher level (HL) students will become familiar with the German language and will develop an understanding for German as well as for other cultures. HL students will obtain a knowledge of language which enables them to follow university courses in German speaking countries.

The aims of the higher level German Course are:

  • to develop students’ intercultural understanding
  • to enable students to understand and use German in a range of contexts and for a variety of purposes
  • to encourage, through the study of texts and through social interaction, an awareness and appreciation of the different perspectives of people from other cultures
  • to develop students’ awareness of the role of language in relation to other areas of knowledge
  • to develop students’ awareness of the relationship between the languages and cultures with which they are familiar with
  • to provide students with a basis for further study, work and leisure through the use of German
  • to provide the opportunity for enjoyment, creativity and intellectual stimulation through German

Syllabus outline and content:
Five prescribed themes: 

  • identities
  • experiences
  • human ingenuity
  • social organization
  • sharing the planet.


  • Read two works of German literature

Assessment Information:
Students will be assessed externally and internally on their receptive and productive skills. They will be asked to:

  • communicate clearly and effectively in a range of situations and interpersonal and cultural contexts, demonstrating linguistic competence and intercultural understanding
  • understand, analyse and use language to express and respond to a range of ideas, written and spoken texts with accuracy and fluency
  • organize ideas on a range of topics, in a clear, coherent and convincing manner
  • understand and use works of German literature 
  • External assessment (3 hours 30 minutes)
    (Weighting: 75%)

Paper 1 (1 hour 30 minutes)
Productive skills—writing (30 marks)

One writing task of 450–600 words from a choice of three, each from a different theme, choosing a text type from among those listed in the examination instructions.
(Weighting: 25%)

Paper 2 (2 hours)
Receptive skills—separate sections for listening and reading (65 marks) Listening comprehension (1 hour) (25 marks) Reading comprehension (1 hour) (40 marks)

Comprehension exercises on three audio passages and three written texts, drawn from all five themes.
(Weighting: 50%)

  • Internal assessment 

This component is internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by the IB at the end of the course. 

Individual oral assessment
A conversation with the teacher, based on an extract from one of the literary works studied in class, followed by discussion based on one or more of the themes from the syllabus. (30 marks)

(Weighting: 25%)

Sources: OCC IB DP Language B Guide (First Assessment 2020)
Teacher Contact:
Barış Güner  ([email protected])
Carolin Koch  ([email protected])
Şaziye Şen ([email protected]