LOTE

Learning German at Sandridge School

The learning of German supports many fundamental elements of Sandridge School, including:

Citizenship, Entrepreneurship, Global connection, Academic learning, Success in learning and providing our students with access to global eco/emp/business.

 

In offering German as our LOTE, Sandridge School is ahead of the wave in a shift back to German.  The rise of environmentally aware and socially progressive politics in Germany parallels their rise in inner Melbourne, so there will be an increasing convergence of the political and environmental/business views. However, it is due to the wider political, economic and cultural features of Germany combined with the capacity to become genuinely proficient in the language, that great possibilities for engagement and dialogue are available for Australian students fluent in German.

 

Here is a list of the benefits in learning German:

  • It is the 3rd most popular foreign language taught worldwide.
  • Why?
    • Considering the importance of the German language in the fields of publishing and research, it’s not surprising that many graduate schools want their graduates to have at least a reading knowledge of German. Knowing German gives graduates access to important research published in German books and professional journals.
    • Knowing German enhances the ability to engage in the global trade economy and to get employment in German companies around the world.
  • Learning German around the world.
    • A dominant language in the EU:
      • German is the most widely spoken mother tongue in the EU and the second commonly spoken foreign language in the EU (after English).
      • It is an official language of 8 EU states, including: Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein.
      • It is the native language of a significant portion of the population in northern Italy, eastern Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, eastern France, parts of Poland, the Czech Republic, Russia, and Romania, as well as in other parts of Europe.
    • German is required or recommended by many American undergraduate and graduate programs.
      • German speakers’ strong contributions in such a broad array of fields makes the language an important asset in many disciplines. In American universities, more majors recommend a knowledge of German as an important supplement than any other language (German: 56 majors, French: 43 majors, Spanish: 21 majors, Japanese: 7 majors). These majors include a wide range of subjects — from biology, physics, and chemistry to linguistics, religious studies, and art history.
    • A dominant LOTE in Asia:
      • The Japanese, who have the 2nd most powerful economy in the world, understand the business advantages that a knowledge of German will bring them: 68% of Japanese students study German.
      • The European Union is the biggest export market of the Philippines and Germany the largest trade partner of the Philippines within the EU with a fast growth rate. There has been a 49.3 % growth on exports to Germany and 40.7 % growth on imports from Germany.
    • Knowing German provides Australian students with a capacity for shared dialogue with and between European and Asian business partners.
  • Germany is an economic powerhouse.
    • Germany has the 4th largest economy in the world and is the largest economy in the European Union, which is the world’s largest economy. German businesses earn 1 in 3 euros through export, and 1 in 4 jobs depends on exports. The competitiveness and desirability of German products on the market are indicated by the country’s substantial trade surplus.
    • Germany is in the top 5 trading partners for America and China and is ranked n.10 for Australia, giving it a strong political and economic presence in the Asia-Pacific region.
    • German companies are global market leaders
      • Siemens, Volkswagen, Adidas and Lufthansa are globally recognized brands and corporations. The country also hosts some of the biggest international trade fairs including CeBIT, the world’s largest exhibition for information technology, as well as the IFA trade fair for consumer electronics.
    • Knowing German creates business opportunities.
      • Germany is home to numerous international corporations and on the front line of new technologies.
      • Knowing the language of your German business partners improves your relations and therefore your chances for effective communication and success.
      • Germany ranks sixth as an importer to Australia. Germany is home to numerous international corporations and most multinational German companies are represented in Australia.
        • The over 300 German subsidiaries in Australia include such well-known names as Audi, BASF, Siemens, Mercedes-Benz, Schenker, ALDI, Kärcher, Schwarzkopf-Henkel, VW, DHL, Porsche, adidas, Allianz and Thyssen-Krupp.
        • These German companies employ approx. 100,000 workers in Australia alone.
      • Multinational business opportunities exist throughout the European Union and in the Eastern European countries, where German is the second most spoken language after Russian. Companies like BMW, Daimler, Siemens, Lufthansa, SAP, Bosch, Infineon, BASF, and many others need international partners.
      • Tourists from German-speaking countries travel wide and far, and are the world’s 2nd biggest spenders when on holiday. Australians in the tourist industry can grow their share in this market with German-speaking guides and staff.
    • Germans are innovators and Germany fosters entrepreneurialism
      • The German capital Berlin is turning into a hub for innovative start-ups. Some go so far as to dub it “the Silicon Valley of Europe.” As a consequence, knowing German has the potential to greatly enhance your career opportunities.
      • 4 of the world’s 10 most innovative companies are located in Germany and at 12.7% of the world’s patent applications, the country ranks 3rd in the world. 200,000 businesses introduce new products on the market each year.
      • Germany is on the frontline of new technologies. Germany exports more high-tech products than any other country except the U.S. and more than 600 firms are active in the cutting-edge field of biotechnology. Dresden has become Europe’s microchip centre with its more than 765 semiconductor firms.
      • Two-thirds of the world’s leading international trade fairs take place in Germany. These include CeBIT, the world’s largest trade fair for information and communications technology, and the IFA consumer electronics trade fair.
      • Over one hundred Nobel Prizes have gone to Germans, including: 22 Nobel Prizes in Physics, 30 in Chemistry, and 25 in Medicine Many laureates from other countries received their training in German universities.
    • Career opportunities worldwide
      • Knowledge of German increases your job opportunities with German and foreign companies in Australia and internationally.
      • Proficiency in German helps you to function productively for an employer with global business connections.
      • Knowing German can give students great advantages for employment in the USA. German and US companies are well established in each other’s territory with over 10USbillion in commercial investments. In America, all other things being equal, the job candidate with German skills will trump the one without such skills every time. Most surveyed companies in the United States would choose someone with German literacy over an equally qualified candidate.
      • German companies are international market leaders in many fields. Having German skills on your resume enhances your global career prospects.
      • Working holiday visas are available for young foreigners from a range of countries, and special visas are offered to skilled workers and professionals.
    • Career and business opportunities related to scientific research
      • German is the second-most commonly used scientific language. Germany is the third largest contributor to research and development and offers research fellowships to scientists from abroad.
    • German is a language of citizenship, social reform and culture:
      • It is said that Germany is the country of poets and thinkers –Das Land der Dichter und Denker.
      • German is a leading language of science, literature, philosophy, theology, history, music, film and art.
        • the German-speaking world has also produced some of the greatest literary,musical, artistic and philosophical minds in human history. It is the language of the famous written works of Goethe, Kafka, Brecht and Mann, Einstein and Freud. It was the native language of composers Mozart, Bach, Schubert, Beethoven, Brahms and Wagner. Revolutionary philosophy poured onto the pages in German when pens were first lifted by Marx, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, and Heidegger.
      • Nearly 20% of all new books are published in Germany each year, making Germany the third largest publisher of books.
      • German scholars and researchers produce nearly 80,000 new book titles each year.
      • Since less than 10% of German books are translated into other languages, only a knowledge of German will give you access to a vast majority of these titles.
    • Opportunities to study in Germany
      • Germany awards a generous number of scholarships and other support to study in Germany.
      • A wide range of exchange programme exists for both school and university students between Germany and many countries in the world.
        • The program “schools: partners for the future” and others offer first exchange possibilities for high school students.
      • Germany is the third most popular destination for international students, right behind the US and Great Britain. There are almost 250,000 young people from around the world currently studying and researching in Germany.
      • In 2014, German universities abolished undergraduate fees, so it’s free for Germans and non-Germans (although there are still semester fees – about $400-$700 dollars per semester).
      • There are some courses that students can undertake in English too.  This is going to present some interesting opportunities for tertiary study for Australian students who are proficient in German.  Studying in Germany offers the possibility of undertaking tertiary study at a fraction of the price of Australian tertiary study and in a country that is at the forefront of STEM and environmental innovation.
      • A select group of very high calibre universities (e.g. Humboldt University Berlin, Heidelberg University and the Ludwigs-Maximilians University in Munich) are part of an initiative to encourage Australians to study in Germany and this is well – coordinated through the German embassy and consulates.
      • Over 40% of foreign students are awarded financial assistance to participate in an exchange in Germany. The German Academic Exchange Service supports over 70,000 scholars, scientists, educators, and students in periods of international research and study each year.
      • The student visa allows part-time jobs for students.
    • Global Communication:
      • Knowledge of German offers you extended access to information.
      • Developments in media, information and communication technology require multilingual communicators. A wide range of important websites are in German.
        • With 8 million Internet domains, Germany’s top-level country domain .de is second only to the extension .com. The second-place country extension .uk trails far behind at 3.7 million domain names. That makes German domain names even more popular than those with .net, .org, .info, and .biz extensions.
        • Knowing German gives people access to an additional 15 million websites and that is not even counting the German sites ending in.net.org and .info. Such access enhances academic and business opportunities.
      • German is an accessible language to learn.
        • Because modern German and modern English both evolved from the common ancestor language Germanic, the two languages share many similarities in both vocabulary and grammar.
        • German is spelled phonetically. Once you learn the system of sounds, it is easy to predict how the spoken word is written and how the written word is pronounced.
        • Accessibility to learning the language enhances a sense of learning success and enhances engagement to learn.
        • Being able to learn the language well, means that students will then have a proficient capacity to use the language in ways that will genuinely benefit their future academic and professional lives.