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Freaky Fiction for GCSE German

Interesting, compelling, exciting, thought-provoking and original short stories F Di Piazza, Head of MFL & Independent Reviewer

This range of compelling, genre-specific narratives and accompanying exercises merges teen-friendly themes with essential GCSE skills.

If your students are more interested in the latest sensation in teen fiction than the complexities of the German language, if they prefer vampires to verbs, then look no further!

  • Carefully written, authentic and compelling stories broken into six manageable chapters
  • Differentiated exercises covering a wide range of skills: vocabulary, grammar, translation, comprehension, speaking and writing
  • Support sheets provide additional scaffolding while extension tasks stretch the most able
  • Includes full answers for easy self-, peer- and teacher assessment
  • Starter and advanced packs available to suit different stages of the course and varying abilities

And with authentic texts, translation practice, relevant topical links and historical and cultural references aplenty, you can be sure you are preparing students for the expectations of the new 2016 GCSE specifications. What better way to get pupils enthused about language?


Starter Packs – designed for GCSE Year 1, or lower-ability groups
Freaky Fiction: GCSE German Starter Pack (Supernatural) Crime doesn’t pay – and when Kai dies while stealing a car, Stefan feels a certain, albeit guilty, sense of relief – he will never be bullied again at school. So when he begins hearing Kai’s taunting voice and threatening messages start to pop up on his computer screen, Stefan doesn’t know where to turn – is someone playing a cruel trick on him? Or has Kai returned to torture him from beyond the grave…?

Advanced Packs – designed for GCSE Year 2, or higher-ability groups
Freaky Fiction: GCSE German Advanced Pack (Mysterious Disappearance) A class trip to the south of Germany quickly turns gruesome as members of the group begin to vanish in mysterious circumstances… 14 students and 2 teachers arrived in Stuttgart on the first day of their expedition but how many will make it back home…? And who is behind the mysterious disappearances…?
Freaky Fiction: GCSE German Advanced Pack (Futuristic Fantasy) Germany, year 2194. Since the financial crash of 2183, children from all around the country grow up surrounded by screens and glass walls of the futuristic boarding school ‘Zukunftsblick’. Books are strictly prohibited, as it any mention of ‘the past’. But the school’s routine is suddenly interrupted by the arrival of a Noah – a boy whose ominously black eyes cause perplexing behaviour in many of the teenage residents… But where has he really come from?
Freaky Fiction: GCSE German Advanced Pack (Gothic) Heidelberg at the end of the nineteenth century. When rushing to his work at the local Ratskeller one evening, Arthur has an uncanny, unexpected encounter with a stranger who whispers his name before disappearing into the dark alleys of the city. From that moment onwards, Arthur is tormented by the sound of a ticking clock in his ears and unable to find the source, reason or cure for his affliction… Will his life ever return to normality?