The German Department in Clongowes aims to inculcate in students an awareness of and appreciation of the German language and the culture of German speaking regions. We try to build confidence through developing communicative proficiency and to develop systematically the core skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking.

We strive to prepare students to realise their full potential in the Junior and Leaving Certificate examinations, which all boys sit. The German courses develop students’ critical thought in their usage of the language, with particular emphasis on encouraging learner autonomy.

We also try to promote use of purposeful, appropriate and accurate German and accommodate the needs of all learning styles by using a variety of methodologies in teaching.