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German Beginners - accelerated (LL263)

Summary

Level:

This module is offered to students with no previous knowledge of German. Due to the 'accelerated' aspect of the module, evidence of prior linguistic achievement (e.g. a GCSE A* grade in another European language) is essential.

Main Objectives:

To enable students to develop competence in a range of language tasks acquiring essential listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and insight into German-speaking society.

Credits:

This is a 24 or 30 CREDIT module.

Teaching:

Our aim, Covid-19 arrangements permitting, is one weekly blended session for 21 weeks, organised as:

one and a half-hour online synchronous seminar (small group)

+ one and a half-hour asynchronous tutor-guided study

Some independent study will also be set.

Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore the minimum expected amount of study is 240 hours, which averages over 10 hours per week. A substantial amount of independent study is therefore required. Students can make use of moodle@warwick (our virtual learning environment) to facilitate this.

Assessment

one interim test (term 1)
one speaking test (term 3)

one Reading/Writing test (term 3)

Tutor:

Elisabeth Robery
 

Course Text Books (must be bought by student)

Menschen A1 Kursbuch (dreibändige Ausgabe), Sandra Evans et al, ISBN: 978-3-19-101901-3

Menschen A1 Arbeitsbuch (dreibändige Ausgabe), Sabine Glas-Peters et al, ISBN: 978-3-19-111901-0

Menschen A2 Kursbuch (dreibändige Ausgabe), Charlotte Habersack et al, ISBN: 978-3-19-211902-6

Menschen A2 Arbeitsbuch (dreibändige Ausgabe) Anna Breitsameter, ISBN: 978-3-19-111902-7

Optional Material (students do NOT need to buy these books)
  1. Aktion Grammatik!: New Advanced German Grammar by Trudi McMahon and John Klapper
  2. English Grammar for Students of German: The Study Guide for Those Learning German by Cecile Zorach and Charlotte Melin (Paperback - June 2001)

Course Description

A general foundation in language, extending across the four main skills areas (speaking, writing, listening and reading), with an emphasis upon the acquisition of an essential grammatical basis and development of both receptive and productive skills.

Successful completion of 'German Beginners accelerated' qualifies students to progress to German 3.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • apply a basic knowledge of grammar appropriate to the level
  • develop strategies for understanding gist and specific information
  • gain an insight into everyday life in the relevant countries
  • understand the main points in messages and announcements, and understand spoken language in areas of immediate personal relevance
  • understand texts dealing with descriptions of events and feelings, and with job-related language
  • exchange information orally on familiar topics and activities and describe background and immediate needs
  • write simple texts, messages and emails

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A2 Basic user (waystage) of the Common European Framework.

Syllabus

The syllabus will include the following:

Communication skills

This module will cover items such as: greetings, introductions, asking for and giving personal information, asking for and giving directions, describing people and places, daily routine, talking about likes and dislikes, ordering food and drinks, booking a hotel, talking about cultures, places, events and impressions, talking about sport and leisure, business, festivals and customs, work.

Grammar

This module will provide an introduction to fundamental features of German and essential basic structures, making it possible to function an a range of everyday situations using the present and past tenses, cases, prepositions, adjective endings, conjunctions, subjunctive and relative clauses.