Choosing German

German is the most widely spoken mother tongue in the EU, with over 100 million native speakers. It is also one of the three working languages in the EU and it carries the status of an official language in six European countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Belgium and Liechtenstein. Germany is the most populous country in the EU and is also its largest economy. Germany is one of Malta’s main trading partners. Moreover, there are several German companies operating in Malta whilst German speaking tourists are frequent visitors to our islands.

Advanced level students cover various cultural topics (Landeskunde) including information about Germany and its Bundesländer (federal states), knowledge of famous German speaking personalities, the modern history of Germany as well as well-known German feasts and traditions. Précis writing, essay writing, communicative writing tasks, including formal letters, e-mails, reports and articles as well as listening and oral communicative skills are emphasised. A literary component is also present.

Intermediate level covers cultural topics including information about Germany, famous German speaking personalities and the modern history of the country. At intermediate level students will cover written/spoken texts that are less demanding than those presented at A Level. Students will also be engaged in conversation.

SEC level covers basic grammatical points, training in the four language skills and the working out of past exam papers.

Courses available

You can study German at:

Course Prerequisites Duration Lessons Tutorials
Advanced Level

A minimum of grade 5 at SEC Level or equivalent is required

2 years 5 lessons per week 1 lesson*
Intermediate Level

A minimum of grade 5 at SEC Level or equivalent is required

2 years 3 lessons per week N/A
SEC level

Subject must have been studied at SEC Level

1 year 4 lessons per week N/A

Special Considerations:

*depending on number of students

The teaching programme is supplemented by:

  • Visits to educational institutions involved in the teaching of German
  • Occasional guest speakers from Germany and other educational institutions
  • Possibility of participation in educational exchange visits to Germany or Austria

Further Studies/Career opportunities

  • University of Malta
  • Careers in the tourism industry, education, business, EU institutions, translation & interpreting