Success at writing: GCSE German – 2016 specification

Last updated: 15/11/2023
Success at writing: GCSE German – 2016 specification
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Designed for AQA's German GCSE but also suited to support specifications from Edexcel and Eduqas, this pack will equip students with the language and skills they need to tackle their writing exam.

Success at writing offers targeted and differentiated revision for all attainment levels, from grades 9-1. Students can pick and choose the question type they most need to work on and make real progress in a short space of time.

The pack includes activities for each of the question types in the writing exam for Foundation and Higher tiers and features top tips to help students maximise their marks.

What's included

  • activities for each of the question types for Foundation and Higher tiers, including describing a photo, the 40, 90 and 150 word tasks and translation
  • revision of key language, pair work and peer assessment as well as exam practice
  • top tips to ensure success.

What's inside

Introduction (page 4)

Teaching notes (pages 5-6)

Foundation tier
  • Describing a photo (Foundation question 1) (pages 7-24)
  • 40 word task (Foundation question 2) (pages 25-44)
  • Translation sentences (Foundation question 3) (pages 45-61)
Foundation and Higher tiers
  • 90 word task (Foundation question 4 and Higher question 1) (pages 62-82)
Higher tier
  • 150 word task (Higher question 2) (pages 83-105)
  • Translation passage (Higher question 3) (pages 106-117)

This sample from the Success at writing - GCSE German teaching pack shows a foundation level student activity for preparing for the photo description portion of the GCSE exam.

1. Picture some people

Photos often show people. Do you know these words for different people? Write the English in the second column.




ein Mann



eine Frau



eine Person



ein Kind



ein Baby



ein Junge



ein Mädchen



eine Familie



  • Check your answers on page 22.
  • Now try to memorise the German words in the first column.
  • Say them out loud, then copy them on some rough paper, looking carefully at the spelling, capitalisation and gender (der, die, das). Note that ‘Person’ is always feminine.
  • Finally, cover the first column, look at the English words and write the German for them in the third column, from memory.
Success at writing: GCSE German
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