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
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
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.
In the listening and reading comprehension marks should not be deducted for grammatical and orthographical errors.
In the written part marks should not be deducted for minor orthographical errors.
Dictation could be a part of the periodical tests.
Internal assessment should be based on regularity, project work and class response.
BOOKS 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)
SUGGESTED REFERENCES : PINGPONG NEU 2
WIR LIVE (DVD)
HALLO AUS BERLIN
LANGENSCHEIDT EURO DICTIONARY
K.M. Sharma; German-Hindi/ Hindi-German
Dictionary. Rachna, Publishing House