Part I preamble

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Syllabus of

German Language
For Class VIII

Central Board of Secondary Education

2, Community Centre, Preet Vihar, Delhi - 110092

Part I - Preamble

Class VIII is the last year in the middle school and the third year of German as a Foreign language. The communicative approach used in classes VI and VII should have given the students a good grounding. They should by now be able to manage simple everyday situations.

It is important to ensure that the teacher keeps the learning objectives in mind while planning his/her class. The learning objectives set realistic aims for the students to achieve in a given academic year.
The students skill profile should move from being predominantly receptive to productive. The exercise forms used should give the students the scope to express themselves creatively in the classroom.
Projects form an integral part of the syllabus. Students should be encouraged to attempt research projects on German speaking countries through webquests on the Internet or in their libraries. The students should be encouraged to present these projects in class and talk about them
Writing skills should be promoted further along the lines suggested in class VII.
All skills continue to be promoted and should be an integral part of assessment.

Part II - Learning Objectives
The following learning objectives apply in addition to the learning objectives stated in the Syllabus for class VI and class VII.
1. Listening and responding
By the end of class VIII students should be able to

  • listen and understand the main points and some details from an extended dialog or a short spoken text

  • understand a verbal stimulus and respond briefly to it without prompts

  • apply listening strategies according to the text and the task set for it (e.g. selective listening)

2. Speaking
By the end of class VIII students should be able to

  • ask for and give directions

  • give simple instructions about everyday tasks

  • retell using familiar language a sequence of events which happened in the recent past

  • describe in simple language incidents from their own experience

  • prepare and present a project in simple but correct language

3. Reading and responding
By the end of class VIII students should be able to

  • read for gist or purpose and apply the requisite reading strategies

  • read and understand the main points and some detail from a more complex written text

  • read aloud with confidence, enjoyment and expressions from a known text aiming for authentic pronunciation and intonation

4. Writing
By the end of class VIII students should be able to

  • write a short paragraph on a topic already discussed in class with slightly more complex sentence structures (e.g. using the causal conjunction “weil” and “Infinitive mit zu”)

  • write a short text (e.g. mail) about recent events and experiences in the past

  • write short texts adhering to the syntactical and orthographical rules learned in class

5. Intercultural awareness

By the end of class VIII students should be able to

  • identify shopping destinations in German speaking countries for specific objects

  • recognise the general layout of a city in German speaking countries and find a specific location on a city map

  • compare the layout of a house and a young persons room in a German speaking country and identify similarities and differences to one’s own.

6. Knowledge about language
By the end of class VIII the students should be able to

  • understand and construct more complex German sentences using the causal conjunction “weil” and “Infinitive with zu”

  • understand the use of prepositions for giving information on time, place and direction

  • apply his/her knowledge of word order and sentence structure in conjunction with pictorial texts in both spoken and written language

7. Language learning strategies
By the end of class VIII the students should be able to

  • sort and categorise known words and begin to investigate the characteristics of the new language

  • able to draw on their knowledge of word classes and fields, letters and letter strings

  • learn to overhear and overlook specific words and phrases that are not needed for the tasks accompanying the text.

Part III - Content
Module 5


Situation/ Topic

Speech intention


Suggested activity

Lesson 1

Health/ A visit to the doctor/ Body Parts

  • to give information about the state of health of a person

  • to state, which medicine can help against a particular ailment

  • to formulate instructions

  • Definite article – Dative case

  • Personal pronouns – Dative case

  • Interrogative pronoun – „Wem?”

  • Imperative

  • Laufdiktat” – Students have to label a sketch of body parts using a labelled poster of the same hung outside the class/in different corners of the class

  • Mime of different ailments

  • Role play – “Doctor-Patient”

Lesson 2

Healthy living

  • to ask for permission

  • to allow someone something specific

  • to forbid something

  • to give reasons for a decision

  • Modalverb – „dürfen”

  • Subordinate clause – „weil”

  • Give tips for healthy living to your peers

  • A collage on healthy food habits

  • Students put together a health menu

Lesson 3

A minor accident

  • report about past experiences and everyday events

  • to question when something happened and answer the same

  • Tense: „Perfekt”(1)

  • Adverbs of time

  • Temporal phrases (to report about past events)

  • to write a story about an accident with pictures as stimulus drawn from the daily lives of students

  • to talk about last week/ weekend activities

Module 6

Lesson 1

Our neighbourhood

  • to inquire about the whereabouts of a person or a place

  • to find a person or a place

  • to fix a meeting place

  • to talk about shopping places


  • Interrogative pronoun – „Wo?”

  • Prepositions of place in answer to the question „Wo?” („an”, „in”, „hinter”, „vor”, „neben” + Dative case)

  • Students describe their own neighbourhood

  • Fix a rendezvous with a celebrity

  • Talk about shopping habits

Lesson 2

A visit to the cinema

  • to plan an afternoon/evening out with a friend

  • to make suggestions for an afternoon/evening out

  • to ask for certain points of interest or work and to answer the same

  • to find ones way in the city, ask for specific information and to offer the same

  • Interrogative pronoun and the corresponding prepositions of place („in”, „auf” + Dative case)

  • Interrogative pronoun „Wohin?” and the corresponding prepositions of place („in”, „auf” + Accusative case)

  • Infinitivsatz mit zu”

  • Preposition of place „zu” in answer to the question „Wohin?”

  • Preposition „mit”

  • Plan an outing with friends to the cinema

  • Explain the way from home the cinema hall and other places

Lesson 3

Set your room right!

  • to ask about the whereabouts of an object and to find it

  • to ask where to place an object and to answer the same

  • Verbs „stellen – stehen”, „legen – liegen”, „setzen – sitzen“, „hängen

  • Prepositions of place („Wo?” + Dative case, „Wohin?” + Accusative case)

  • Students sketch and explain the layout of their house

  • Students describe their own room
  • Students furnish and decorate a young person’s room

Part IV - Assessment
Assessment should be a combination of internal assessment, periodic tests and term exams.
The syllabus developed for class VIII is interactive and communicative in nature. The tests should be a reflection of the same.
The committee suggests 20% for internal assessment, 30 % for periodical tests and 50% for the term exam.
The suggested breakup for the term exam is as follows:
1. Grammar (Multiple Choice, Fill in the blanks ...) 10 marks

2. Reading comprehension (one or more texts) 10 marks

3. Listening comprehension (an audio text

or read aloud by the teacher) 10 marks

4. Frame questions- 5 marks

5. Reacting to stimulus 5 marks

6. Write a short paragraph/e mail/letter 10 marks

Remarks :

  1. In class VIII more weightage needs to be given to given to productive skills vis-à-vis receptive skills. Therefore the written tasks (short paragraph/ Email/ letter) have been assigned 10 marks.

  2. In the listening and reading comprehension marks should not be deducted for grammatical and orthographical errors.

  3. In the written part marks should not be deducted for minor orthographical errors.

  4. Dictation could be a part of the periodical tests.

  5. Internal assessment should be based on regularity, project work and class response.

The committee will develop textual material for class VIII. However for the interim period the

following teaching material is prescribed and suggested :

PRESCRIBED BOOK : WIR 2 (Textbook and Workbook - Module 5 & 6)




K.M. Sharma; German-Hindi/ Hindi-German
Dictionary. Rachna, Publishing House

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