German Gcse Media Essay


There are many advantages of the internet.

Here is a list of useful phrases about the positive side of the internet.

Es ist leicht mit Freunden, im Kontakt zu bleiben.– It is easy to stay in contact with friends.

Mit meinem Handy kann ich immer mit meiner Familie sprechen.– With my mobile I can always speak to my family.

Es geht schnell, eine Email zu schicken.– It is quick to send an email.

Es ist super einfach, im Internet einzukaufen.– It is really easy to shop on the internet.

Das Internet ist sehr praktisch und es hilft mir bei meinem Hausaufgaben.– The internet is very practical and it helps me with my homework.

Ich kann Musik hören und Filme anschauen, wann ich will.– I can listen to music and watch films, whenever I want.


There are of course disadvantages, and even dangers, associated with the internet and being online.

Listen to these phrases showing the negative side of the internet.

Es gibt viele unkontrollierte Webseiten.– There are many uncontrolled websites.

Das Internet kann ganz gefährlich für junge Leute sein.– The internet can be quite dangerous for young people.

Internet-Mobbing ist ein großes Problem für mich.– Cyber bullying is a big problem for me.

Mein Sohn verbringt zu viel Zeit im Internet.– My son spends too much time on the internet.

Man wird dick, wenn man die ganze Zeit am Computer sitzt.– You will get fat if you spend all day on the computer.

Zu viel Fernsehen ist gar nicht gut für die Gesundheit.– Watching too much TV is really not good for your health.

Er findet es sehr schwer mit Leuten zu sprechen, weil er nur im Chatroom redet - nie von Angesicht zu Angesicht.– He finds it very hard to speak to people because he only ever converses in chatrooms - never face to face.

Did you know?

Tag der Deutschen Einheit – Day of German Unity – is celebrated every year as a public holiday on 3 October – am dritten Oktober. It commemorates the anniversary of German reunification in 1990, following the fall of the Berlin Wall and the communist rule of eastern Europe the year before.

The Berlin Wall was constructed in 1961 and formed a heavily guarded border between the countries once known as West Germany - BRD (Bundesrepublik Deutschland) and East Germany or the GDR - DDR (Deutsche Demokratische Republik).

The East German government claimed that the wall would maintain socialism and avoid the capitalist and fascist ideologies of the west. In reality, the wall successfully prevented mass emigration from East Germany to West Germany. Approximately 5,000 people tried to escape over the wall, and hundreds died as a result, although exact figures are not known.

Following a wave of political change, known as die Wende in 1989, the East German government decided to permit all GDR citizens access to West Germany. Thousands of East Germans, who were nicknamed Ossis, clambered on to the wall and were warmly greeted by the West Germans, nicknamed Wessis.

A night of much celebration followed. People started to chip away at the wall to collect pieces as souvenirs, which resulted in large sections of the wall being demolished. This signified the official fall of the Berlin Wall.

People started to demolish the Berlin Wall themselves and were known as 'Mauerspechte' (literally: wall woodpeckers)

GCSE German Specification

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Unit 1 Listening*Unit 2 Reading*Unit 3 Speaking†Unit 4 Writing†
20% of the marks 20% of the marks Controlled Assessment (internally assessed) 30% of the marks Controlled Assessment (externally assessed) 30% of the marks
Foundation Tier
30 min
(+5 min reading time)

Higher Tier
40 min
(+5 min reading time)
Foundation Tier
30 min

Higher Tier
50 min
A range of question types based on pre-recorded spoken material in Italian A range of question types based on written material in Italian Students submit for moderation two tasks Students submit for marking two tasks

* In listening and reading there are two tiers of assessment: Foundation
(C–G) and Higher (A*–D). Students may be entered for either Foundation
or Higher in each of these two skills, eg Foundation listening and Higher reading.

† Speaking and writing are un-tiered. Differentiation is by outcome, not
by task.


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