English A Language & Literature at FKG Goettingen

FKG Goettingen offers English A Language and Literature exclusively at Higher Level

This very attractive subject covers an extremely wide range of issues and skills. Curiosity, creativity, scientific scrutiny, and plain fun are key.

If you excel in A LangLit the sky is the limit.


In English A Language and Literature students actively engage with language and culture and thus with how we see and understand the world. Students learn to think critically about the interactions between text, audience, and purpose in a wide range of fields such as canonized literature, government propaganda, advertising, movies, cartoons, social networks on the Internet, youtube, blogs, and similar aspects of media reality today.

Requirements / Duties

  • regular attendance of and active participation in class,
  • guided and independent study,
  • homework, including on weekends and during school breaks,
  • graded and ungraded presentations and similar activities,
  • generally 2 graded Mock Exams per semester,
  • 3 final exams (2 written, 1 oral), see below.

Five elements constitute the Final Grade. Only 15% (the Further Oral) is assessed by the teacher

  • Paper 1 exam, 120 min., 25%, comparative commentary of texts and / or visual images
  • Paper 2 written exam, 120 min., 25%, essay on at least 2 Part 3 texts
  • Written Tasks: 10% + 10%, 4 produced and 2 submitted. One WT is an essay, the other a creative assignment.
  • Individual Oral (oral exam): 15%, on a passage of a Part 4 text with two guiding questions
  • Further Oral: 15% (= presentation).


- Part 1: Language in cultural context: Here, we explore how language develops in specific cultural contexts, how language shapes individual and group identity, the impact of language changes, etc.

- Part 2: Language and mass communication deals with language use in mass media such as newspapers, magazines, the Internet (for example, social networking, blogs, youtube), cellphones, movies, etc. We examine different forms of communication, the potential for educational, political, or ideological influence, and the way mass media use language and image to inform, persuade, or entertain.

- Part 3: Literature—texts and contexts. In this Part of the class we consider the relationship between literature and issues at large, such as gender, power, identity, literary, and cultural traditions. Translated texts encourage students to reflect on their own cultural assumptions through an examination of work produced in other cultures.

- Part 4: Literature—critical study. Considering that close reading is a core skill in the understanding and reasonable interpretation of literature this Part of the curriculum aims to develop student awareness of the rich complexities of texts and the intricacies of their construction. We explore literary works in detail, analyse elements such as theme, the ethical stance, or moral value, and study the appropriate use of literary terms.

2011- 2013 course

The 2011 – 2013 course may serve as one example of A LangLit HL English. Since we aim to integrate student input, experiences, individual expertise, and suggestions the course is subject to change and updates.

Part 1 Language in cultural context:

  • Language in translation
  • Language and power (propaganda, linguistic imperialism, etc.)
  • Language and gender (inequality, constructions of masculinity and femininity)
  • Language and communities (subcultures; nation / region). As a sub-topic: language and social relations (social and professional status, slang, race)
  • maybe: language and the individual (multi- and bilingualism, language profile, identity)

Part 2: Language and mass communication:

  • Language and political campaign / Language and the state: election campaigns, propaganda, speeches
  • Persuasive language: e.g. advertising
  • Media control
  • Stereotypes

Part 3: Literature: texts and contexts:

  • SALINGER, J.D.: The Catcher in the Rye
  • IBSEN, Henrik: A Doll's House.
  • SHAKESPEARE, William: Macbeth.

Part 4: Critical study:

  • TWAIN, Mark: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
  • MILLER, Arthur: Death of a Salesman.
  • GORDIMER, Nadine: The Pickup.

Possible problems

This is a course for the ambitious designed for native speakers, near-natives and multilingual learners. It requires genuine interest in literature, a wide range of texts, and the media, commitment, the willingness to work hard and develop independent initiative, and a high degree of responsibility. If you prefer the passive consumption of easily digestible bits of knowledge output and rather have the teachers drag you towards graduation day think twice about enrolling in this course.

                                          Otherwise consider yourself lucky and join us:


                                                         Welcome to A LangLit!