■ German

The course develops the four skills and offers an insight into various current topics such as social issues and trends (family, the digital world, youth culture), artistic culture (festivals and tradition) both at GCSE and A-Level.

In the Sixth Form there is an additional focus on art and architecture, cultural life in Berlin – past and present) as well as on immigration, integration, racism, the European Union and German re-unification and its consequences.

Two literary texts by renowned authors (such as Dürrenmatt ‘Der Besuch’ and Schlink ‘Der Vorleser) and a film (Goodbye, Lenin!) are studied too. Enrichment opportunities include trips to Salzburg and Vienna, attending the A-Level Film Study Day at the BfI or meetings with German students from Tonbridge.

Head of Department

Béatrice Harding
Beatrice was born in Vienna, attending the Lycée Français de Vienne and then joining the Austrian Trade Commission in London. She studied the History of Art at the University of Kent (BA Hons) followed by a PhD on ‘Changing Faces of the Alps – Austrian culture, art, photography, film and architecture in the first half of the 20th Century’ under Peter Vergo at the University of Essex.

Beatrice started teaching at Benenden in 2006, teaching both German and History of Art while also completing a MA in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics at Heythrop College, University of London. She is a mother of three who have been brought up as bilinguals.

Teaching Staff

  • Dr B Harding, BA (Kent), MA (London), PhD (Essex)
  • Mrs R Judd, BA (Hons) (Open)
  • Mrs I Pickering, BA (Bath)

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