ICSE 2016 Class IX and X Syllabus – German

(Candidates opting for a Modern Foreign Language as a Second Language in Group I may not opt for the same language under Modern Foreign Languages in Group II and Group III).

Aims :

  1. To develop and integrate the use of the four language skills i.e. listening, speaking, reading and writing.
  2. To use the language effectively and appropriately on topics of everyday life situations.
  3. To develop an interest in the appreciation of German
  4. To develop an intercultural awareness.
  5. To enhance the ability of the candidates to express their ideas and feelings in their own words and for them to understand the use of correct language.
  6. To appreciate the language as an effective means of communication.
  7. To understand language when spoken at normal conversational speed in everyday life situations.
  8. To understand the basic structural patterns of the language, vocabulary and constructions.

Classes IX and X

There will be one paper of three hours duration carrying 80 marks and Internal Assessment of 20 marks.

  1. Composition : Candidates will be required to write, in German, one short composition which may include short explanations, directions, descriptions or narratives. There will be a choice of subjects which will be varied and may be suggested by language or other stimuli such as pictures or objects.
  2. Letter : Candidates will be required to write a letter from a choice of either a formal or an informal letter. Suggestions may be given. The layout of the letter with address, introduction, conclusion, etc., will form part of the assessment.
  3. Comprehension : An unseen passage of about 150 words will be given in German. Questions based on the given passage will be set, to be answered in German, so as to test the candidates’ understanding of the content of the passage.
  4. Grammar : This will consist of tests in vocabulary, syntax and idiom, e.g., synthesis in sentence construction, formation of sentences in German correctly embodying given words or forms. The question will not require detailed knowledge of grammatical definitions. The questions on grammar will include the following.

Verb conjugation in Singular Verb- “Haben” Verbs in the first and second Person, Plural Verbs „stellen – stehen”, „ legen – liegen”, „setzen – sitzen“, „hängen“ Modal verb “dürfen” können and “müssen” in Präteritum , “wollen, “sollen” ,Möchten Reflexive Verbs Indefinite verbs Imperativ Verbs in Singular Separable Verbs Können-dürfen

Interrogative Pronouns Possessive Pronouns “meine” and”deine” in Nominative Personal pronouns er, sie, es Personal Pronouns in Akkusativ

Dativ Personal pronoun Personal Pronouns in Dative and Akkusativ Interrogative Pronouns in Dative Personal Pronouns in Dative Interrogative pronouns Welcher/es/e in Nominative and Akkusativ Woher: Aus/Aus der Wo: In/In der Woher” and “Wo? “W” Questions Ja/Nein” Questions W- Questions- Was?Wen? Past tense with haben and sein Negative question: Ja- nein-Doch The polite form “Sie” Negation with “nicht” “sein”in Singular and Plural  Prepositions of place („Wo?” + Dative case,  „Wohin?” + Accusative case) Prepositions: in/auf with Akk.(Place) Possessive article unser/euer in Nominative and Akkusative Definite article, Possessive Article in Nominative and Accusative Definte Article in Nominative Definite Article in Akkusativ  Indefinite Article Negative Article in Akkusativ
Gern-lieber-am liebsten Genetive case with names Inversion

Dimunitive form with –chen Präteritum –sein The indefinite “man” The impersonal es Imperative as a polite form Defining places using Akkusativ Präteritum of haben Comparative and Superlative Indefinite Article in Dative Possessive articles in Nominati, Akkusativ, Dative Possessive article sein/ihr in Nominative and Akkusativ Definite Article in Dativ

Demonstrative articles in Nominative, Akkusativ,  Dative Comparison using wie and als Subordinate clauses with weil Temporal infos- vor/nach + Dative Subordinate clause with dass Main clause with deshalb-trotzdem Subordinate clauses with “wenn” Prepositions- an, bei, in, von,zu,mit + Dative Prepositions für-ohne Prepositions- inter, auf,über,unter,vor,neben + Dative Adjectives in Nominative Adjectives in Akkusativ Adjectives in Dative Compound Nouns Wechselpräpositionen an, in, auf,über,unter,neben,vor

5. Translation and/or Dialogue Writing :

  •  One short passage will be set for translation from German into English.
  •  One passage will be set for translation from English into German.
  •  Dialogue writing (Around 150 words) based on situations faced in everyday life. Hints may be given.


Communication (oral and written) skills that can be covered from any book used for teaching:

1. Topic A – Myself

  • Self, Family and Friends
  • Important Events
  • Interests and Hobbies
  •  Home and Locality
  •  Daily Routine
  •  School

2. Topic B – Holiday Time & Travel

  •  Travel, Transport and Tourism
  •  Accommodation
  •  Restaurant
  •  Directions
  •  Holiday Activities
  •  Services

3. Topic C – Work & Lifestyle

  • Home Life
  • Everyday Living and Health
  • Work Experience
  • Leisure
  • Shopping
  • The Environment

Teaching and study resource books :

  • For Class IX Planet 1 (Text book and Work book)
  • For Class X Planet 2 (Text book and Work book) (Published by Langers in India under license from Hueber Verlag)

Suggested References: Pingpong Neu 1 Team Deutsch 1 and 2 Wir Live (Dvd) Langenscheidt Euro Dictionary K.M. Sharma; German-Hindi/ Hindi-German Dictionary, Rachna Publishing House

Note : The Class X – ICSE examination paper will be set on the entire syllabus prescribed for the subject. The Class IX internal examination is to be conducted on the portion of this syllabus that is covered during the academic year. The Council has not prescribed bifurcation of the syllabus for this subject.

Internal Assessment – 20 Marks

1.Schools will prepare, conduct and record assessments of the Listening, Speaking and Creative Writing Skills of candidates as follows –

  • Class IX: Three assessments in the course of the year.
  • Class X: Two assessments in the course of the year.

2. Pattern of Assessment.

(a) Listening Skills – 

A passage of about 300 words is read aloud by the examiner twice at normal reading speed (about 110 words a minute). Candidates may make brief notes during the readings. They then answer an objective type test based on the passage, on the paper provided.

b) Speaking Skills – 

  • Each candidate is required to make an oral presentation for about two minutes, which will be followed by a discussion on the subject with the examiners, for about three minutes.
  • Subjects for presentation may include narrating an experience, providing a description, giving directions, expressing an opinion, giving a report, relating an anecdote  or commenting on a current event.
  • A candidate may refer to brief notes in the course of the presentation but reading or  excessive dependence on notes will be penalized.
  • It is recommended that candidates be given an hour for preparation of their subject for presentation and that they be given a choice of subject, on a common paper.

c) Creative Writing Skills –

Each candidate is required to write short compositions based on the suggested assignments.

Suggested Assignments for Classes IX And X

  1. Aural : Listening to a conversation/talk/reading of a short passage and then writing down the relevant or main points in the specified number of words and answering the given questions.
  2. Oral : Prepared speech/declamation; impromptu speech/debate/discussion; report/interview; elocution; role-play / general conversation on selected topics.
  3. Creative Writing : Students are to write short compositions, the stimuli may be –
  • a piece of recorded music.
  • a series of recorded sounds.
  • a picture/photograph.
  • an opening sentence or phrase.
  • a newspaper/magazine clipping or report.
  • one piece of factual writing which should be informative or argumentative.
  • one piece of expressive writing which is descriptive and imaginative.
  • preparation of film/book review.

It is also suggested that students be made aware of contemporary forms of written communication, such as fax, memo, etc.


The assessment will be conducted jointly by the subject teacher and the external examiner who will each assess the candidate. (The External Examiner may be a teacher nominated by the Head of the School

who could be from the faculty but not teaching the language in the section/class. For example, a teacher of French of Class VIII may be deputed to be an External Examiner for Class X Language projects).

Award of Marks

  • Subject Teacher (Internal Examiner) 10 marks
  • External Examiner 10 marks
  • The total marks obtained out of 20 (Listening Skills : 5 marks; Speaking Skills : 5 marks and Creative Writing: 10 marks )are to be sent to the Council by the Head of the School. The Head of the School will be responsible for the entry of marks, on the mark sheets provided by the Council.
  • Schools are required to maintain a record of all assessments conducted in Listening, Speaking and Creative Writing Skills for candidates of Classes IX and X. These include copies of the assessments tests, topics for presentation and marks awarded. This record will be maintained for a period of up to 2 months after the declaration of the results of ICSE (10) examinations of the candidates concerned.

Internal Assessment in Modern Foreign Languages – Guidelines for marking with grades Creative Writing (Classes IX & X)

Internal Assessment in Modern Foreign Languages – Guidelines for marking with grades Aural Assignment (Class IX)

Internal Assessment in Modern Foreign Languages – Guidelines for marking with grades Oral Assignment (Class X)

ICSE Class IX and X Syllabus Home Page



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