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Why study German for GCSE?. The Importance of Languages. How many languages are spoken throughout the world? 100 200 300 More than 500. Just over 6,500. The Importance of Languages. In London, more than 300 languages are spoken at home. The Importance of Languages.

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Why study German for GCSE?

The Importance of Languages

  • How many languages are spoken throughout the world?

  • 100

  • 200

  • 300

  • More than 500

Just over 6,500

The Importance of Languages

In London, more than 300 languages are spoken at home.

The Importance of Languages

  • The proportion of the world which does not speak English as its first language is:-

  • 1%

  • 25%

  • 74%

  • 94%


What proportion of the world speaks no English at all?

  • 75%

  • 60%

  • 50%

  • 25%


The Importance of Languages

Our planet has over 6 billion people who speak between 6000 and 7000 different languages

  • Only 6% of the world’s population are native English speakers?

  • 75% of the world’s population speak no English at all?

How many UK companies are losing business because of language barriers?

  • 1 out of every 100

  • 1 out of every 50

  • 1 out of every 5

1 out of every 5

What percentage of employers are looking for school-leavers with language skills?

a) 10%

b) 25%

c) 50%

d) 74%


Languages take you further

  • Some universities now require a language GCSE for degree courses in English, History and Law

  • A GCSE in a language will help you get into university.

  • You will need a GCSE in a language to be awarded the English Baccalaureate

How will studying languages help you?

  • It will increase your job opportunities

  • With the growth of the European Union, there is a much greater need for people who have a foreign language.

  • 60% of all UK trade is with non English-speaking countries

People who can speak another

language earn on average 20%

more than people who do not

Did you know?

  • 86% of the UK’s richest under 30s speak a foreign language.

improves your communication skills

  • enhances your memory& creativity

  • boosts brain power

  • helps give you confidence.

  • widens your career / job options.

Why should I learn a language?

  • gives you a wider understanding of world affairs & improves international relations

  • makes travellingeasier and more


  • helps you make friends in new countries

  • shows you are open minded and tolerant.

  • Being able to speak a language demonstrates to employers that the candidate has skills or has worked hard to absorb and memorise information [vocabulary], apply rules [grammar], be adaptable and communicate clearly.

  • In most careers nowadays language abilities are highly valued and there is a particularshortageof people with languagesin Engineering and Finance.


Which languages are most in demand?

  • with more than100 million speakerscommunicating worldwide.

German is the most commonly spoken language in Europe

  • Germany

  • Austria

  • Switzerland

  • Luxembourg

  • and Liechtenstein

It is an official language in

In Central and Eastern Europe.

German also plays an important role as a foreign language

  • and thesecond most popular in Europe after English.

It is the3rd most popular foreign languagetaught worldwide

Germany has the largest economy in Europe

and the fourth largest inthe world

(after the USA, Japan and China).

  • Germans are on the frontline of new technologies and home to numerous international corporations

  • from cars

As a nation committed to research and development

to machinery and industrial equipment

  • Car-making

  • mechanical, electrical and precision engineering

  • chemicals

  • environmental technology

  • optics

  • medical technology

If you learn German, you could be part of the world of:

  • biotech and genetic engineering

  • nanotechnology

  • aerospace

  • logistics

  • computer gaming industry

  • Travel

  • Hospitality

  • the airline industry

  • journalism

German speakers are highly sought after by British employers.Witha knowledge of German, you improve your employment opportunities.

  • They are especially strong in manufacturing in South East England and the Midlands.

  • The leading Germanbankingand insurancecompanies have

  • their offices in the City of London.

German companies account for over 315,000 jobs in the UK.

  • With 8 million Internet domains, Germany's top-level country domain .de is second only to the extension .com.

German ranks as the second most frequently used language on the internet after English

as important research is often published in German books and professional journals.

∙German is the second most commonly used scientific language after English.

Knowledge of German is often required in the fields of publishing and research

English speakers usually find German quite easy to pronounce, as both languages share common linguistic roots.

German and English both evolved from the common ancestor language, Germanic.

Learning German is fun & not as hard as you think!

  • e.gSommer




They share thousands of the same word origins


Why learn German?

  • German is the most wanted foreign language by UK companies

  • German is the second most commonly used scientific language

  • Germany is the largest exporter in the world

  • One out of every ten books in the world is written in German

Within the European Union, more Europeans are native speakers of Germanthan any other language

  • German is spoken by more than 120 million people in:

  • Austria, Germany, Liechenstein,

  • Luxembourg, Switzerland

  • Parts of Belgium, Northern Italy and Eastern Europe

Celebrity Germanists

Daniel CraigGerman

Leonardo DiCaprio German

Renee ZellweigerGerman

Sophie RaworthFrench and German

Eddie IzzardFrench and German

Paul McCartneyGerman and Spanish

Paula RadcliffeFrench and German

Natalie PortmanFrench, German, Spanish, Japanese and Hebrew

Christopher LeeFrench, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Greek and Swedish

Arsene WengerEnglish, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish

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