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German Intermediate Accelerated

Summary
Level:

The module is designed to enable students who have demonstrated higher linguistic skills to complete two levels, (levels 3 and 4), in one year instead of two.

Main Objectives:

To improve and strengthen reading and writing skills, listening and speaking skills and develop greater fluency in a German-speaking environment.

Credits:
This is a 24 or 30 CREDIT module.
Teaching:

Our aim, Covid-19 arrangements permitting, is:

Two weekly blended sessions for 21 weeks, organised as:

One-hour online synchronous plenary (full group)

+ one-hour face to face on alternate weeks (small group)

+ one-hour asynchronous tutor-guided study

Substantial independent study will also be required.

NB: teaching will move fully online in case of new health & safety restrictions.

Tutor:

Dr Birgit Oehle

Course Texts

Braun, B., Dengler, S., Fügert, N., Hohmann, S. (2014) Mittelpunkt neu B1+: Lehr- und Arbeitsbuch mit Audio-CD, Stuttgart: Ernst Klett Sprachen (ISBN 978-3-12-676645-6)

Sander, I., Daniels, A., Köhl-Kuhn, R., Bauer-Hutz, B., Mautsch, K.F., Tremp Soares, H. (2012) Mittelpunkt neu B2, Stuttgart: Ernst Klett Sprachen (ISBN 978-3-12-676652-4)

Klapper, J. and Kent, Helen (2018) Aktion Grammatik! Fourth Edition, London: Hodder Education (ISBN 9781510433335)

Additional Material
  • Students will be expected to have at least a medium-sized dictionary, such as: Collins Concise English/German - German/English Dictionary (new edition, 2003). Preferable would be one of the full-sized dictionaries (eg. Collins, new edition 2013).

Course Description

The syllabus will include the following:

Writing and speaking activities will be supported by authentic written and spoken material focusing on aspects of German life and culture in German speaking countries.

Successful completion of German Intermediate Accelerated qualifies students to progress to German 5.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • interact with fluency and spontaneity, and account for and sustain viewpoints.
  • write clear detailed text on a wide range of subjects; explain viewpoints on topical issues, giving advantages and disadvantages.
  • understand the main ideas and some detail of complex texts on concrete and abstract topics
  • apply knowledge of grammar appropriate to the level

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level B2 (independent user) of the Common European Framework.of Reference for Languages.

Assessment

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

one reading/writing test (term 3)

Syllabus

These will vary a little from year to year, but indicative topics are:

  • societal values;
  • work;
  • interacting with others;
  • studying abroad.
Grammar
  • review and develop essential features such as: case; adjectives; word order.

  • items allowing greater differentiation and sophistication of expression, such as: relative clauses; the passive; conditions.