Search this site or the web

Site search Web search




With regard to the allocated number of lessons for German (3 lessons per week in Forms 1 and 2, and 4 lessons in Form 3 and 4) and the lack of opportunities for language practice outside the classroom, full mastery of the language cannot be achieved. The four-year course cannot equip the learners with the high level of language proficiency needed for studies in Germany or necessary for the study of the German language in Kenyan institutions of higher learning that prioritise the academic and scientific approach to language study.

The learner’s language skills should be developed to a level that enables him/her to comprehend simple spoken German, take part in a basic conversation with a native speaker, read simple authentic texts with understanding and communicate in simple written German.

The teaching of German in Kenyan Secondary Schools aims at accomplishing the following objectives.

 1. Develop the ability and readiness to communicate through speaking and writing.

2. Enable the learner to express his/her intentions adequately and appropriately in specific communicative situations.

 These communicative abilities can be applied in monologic, dialogic and polylogic encounters with German-speakers; such as:

 a)  individual and class-correspondence with German-speakers

b)  basic mediating and interpreting processes

c)  real-life conversation in German-speaking countries

d)  simple presentations and discussions, contrasting for instance Kenya and Germany.

3. Promote closer cultural, political and economic links between Kenya and the German- speaking countries.

4. Promote creative use of the language.

5. Enhance interest and enjoyment in the learning of the language.

6. Equip the learner with skills and learning strategies that facilitate autonomous studies and enable him/her to reinforce and assess his/her knowledge.

7. Equip the learner with basic standard German to facilitate further studies of the language in institutions of higher learning.

8. Equip the learner with basic communicative skills to reveal additional chances of employment in areas where the language is required.

9. Give access to authentic oral and written material in German.

10. Get to know another way of life and thus enhance the understanding and appreciation of the learner’s own culture.

11. Appreciate and critically encounter the other culture, its values and views with respect and tolerance.

12. Sensitise the learner to such benefits of travelling as broadening one’s horizons and varying one’s outlook.

13. Develop critical and rational thinking on the learner’s environment through classroom and out-of-classroom activities.

14. Sensitise the learner towards a responsible attitude and behaviour with regard to life, nature and its conservation.

15. Enhance a future-oriented outlook towards industrial and technological development of the nation.

16. Nurture the social skills of the learner through the various forms of interactive class activities.

17. Equip learner with skills and strategies to locate and retrieve information from print and electronic media on subject-relevant topics.

18. Sensitise the learner on the implications of pertinent national and global topical issues at the individual and societal levels.

19. Promote in conjunction with other subjects taught, global peace through the understanding and appreciation of other people’s cultures.