Does anybody here take German for A-Level? (English qualification)
Hello! I was wondering if anybody here lives in England and takes German for A-level. I am in year 11 and I would love to take it for A-Level but I need to see if anybody has any experience with it and if Duolingo would be a suitable tool alongside.
For those who live outside of England, students who are aged 16-18 usually take up to 5 A-levels to get themselves into a university. They are high and difficult qualifications and the higher your grades, the better the universities you can go to. I am also taking music and english literature.
Responses would be appreciated. :)
I didn't do languages at A-level... but A-level is a huge step up from GCSE, I remember getting a big shock, there is no gradual progression from GCSE, suddenly everything is 10 times harder... so what ever subjects you consider, bear that in mind. A-level will be above the standard of Duolingo.
I didn't take languages at A level, but if you enjoy German, and are good at it, then go for it. Duolingo won't harm you, but neither will it relate to the course. I'd maybe use it alongside things like Easy German on Youtube, You'll be dropping a lot of subjects when you go on to A levels, and apart from the level of difficulty rising, you need to be happy you'll enjoy the course as a third or quarter of your work instead of maybe a tenth or so now. My memory of A levels is that everything moves on fast, which is both more interesting and much more challenging. Look at tips on organising workloads, too, I found Jake Wright on Youtube was good on that (his video with the title Organisation) as although it's a vlog about Cambridge university, his organisation method went back to the start of secondary school when he was getting in a mess, so worked out a timetable system. If you do decide to take it, I'd maybe not stop studying over the summer, which is where Duo can help you. It's very easy to keep doing every day.
I wish I could take A-levels because I'm extremely regretful that I didn't decide to do IB (schools in America, at least my school, have students go into IB the first year of high school and the true IB program begins the 3rd year of high school, when English students go to college.) and I feel like they'd be more respected than my AP (Advanced Placement, you don't have to take all AP classes) tests. I'm planning on taking the AP German test next year, after taking German 3 at school. Duolingo is a supplement to my daily class at school, and I wouldn't expect to be able to take my AP German test just using Duolingo. I'm assuming that you need to be enrolled in an A-level class to take the test, so using Duolingo as a supplement to what you're learning in class should work fine.
I'm currently studying German at A2 and whilst it is a big step up, as long as you put the effort in it's doable. If you've finished the course on Duolingo then you'll already have an idea of how the cases (Nominative, Accusative, Dative and Genitive) , adjective endings, and passive tense work. Simply being aware of these with a little knowledge before coming onto the course can be a big help!
You have to remember that all A levels are hard, but the difference between passing and getting a good grade is all about how much effort you put in!
Hope this helps, IndiePotato
Thanks dude! I should work on completing my tree before I start. :3 I'm about halfway through at the moment so it should be doable by September if I put in lots of effort.
Vielen Dank. :)
I do it at A level, I'm in year 13 and although it's hard, so are most other A levels! If you're committed to learning German and already do some out of school on here it makes it easier. There is quite a bit more grammar to learn though