Syllabus in German Language for Class VI
In the modern globalized world it is important that our education system produces global citizens, who are prepared for the challenges that they will face in their professional and personal lives. Foreign languages are an important step towards this goal. English is no doubt the lingua franca today but to understand the thinking and way of working and living of peoples from various cultures it is important to learn their language. The CBSE has recognized this fact and gives its students ample opportunity to pursue languages.
India and Germany share a long tradition of economic and cultural exchange. Indian languages are a part of the same Indo-Germanic group of languages. In the 19th century the German scholar Max Mueller translated the ancient Indian scriptures into English. India and Germany have been soul mates spiritually, philosophically and intellectually over a long period of time Today these ties are closer than ever before..
German is the most widely spoken language in Europe today. Over a 100 Million people speak it as a mother tongue in the heart of Europe i.e. Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. It is the most popular foreign language after English in the emerging economies of Eastern Europe. The knowledge of German is one of the advantages that these countries have over India as far as market access to the large and lucrative West European economies is concerned,
Indian students are increasingly showing an interest in going abroad for higher studies. German universities offer many courses of study with English as a medium of instruction, but German is needed to survive and live comfortably in German speaking countries. The advantage of studying in Germany is also the extremely nominal tuition fee.
Hotel management institutes in Switzerland enjoy an excellent reputation in the hospitality industry and many Indians choose to go and join the courses there again making the knowledge of German essential.
In India there is a huge demand for German speaking professionals in the fast growing BPO and KPO industry. There is also a big demand for Indian professionals in Germany.
Indian industry in its endeavor to produce the best is buying increasingly large amount of machinery from German companies. They need good professionals who can guide them through the German instruction manuals. As the quality of goods produced in India improves clients from German speaking countries place orders with Indian companies and the Indian manufacturer needs to understand drawings and other technical material their clients send them and should also be able to interact with their German speaking partners. All this also needs a sound knowledge of the language and understanding of their culture..
It is therefore important that students learn to express themselves in the target language. They should be able to interact with people from German speaking countries. This makes it essential that they understand more the nuances of the language and have a cross cultural insight into the culture of these countries and understand the way of living and thinking of the people of these countries rather than the intricacies of the German grammar.
To achieve this objective we have to start the instruction of the German language at the school level. The CBSE recognizes this development and has decided to introduce an interactive and communicative syllabus for classes VI to XII. 10 to 16 is the ideal age group to learn a foreign language; therefore the CBSE has decided to introduce German at the class VI level. This means that the students have exposure to the language for at least five years till class X, thus giving them a good working knowledge of the language.