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German 5 (LL212)

Summary

Level:

The module is offered to undergraduates who already have a good knowledge of German (i.e. good A level or equivalent) or have successfully completed German 4.

Main Objectives:

This is the fifth in a series of German modules at different levels to be offered as part of the University's commitment to a foreign language entitlement. It is designed to assist students wishing to acquire a high level of German competence as a complement to their main degree studies or research and to prepare them to participate more actively in work, study and social contexts in German-speaking countries.

Credits:

This 30 CREDIT module is also available for 24 CREDITS.

Teaching:

Our aim, Covid-19 arrangements permitting, is:

One weekly blended session 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

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

 

Students are reminded that 1 credit = 10 hours of study, therefore for a 30 credit module, the minimum expected amount of study is 300 hours, which averages over 10 hours per week. A substantial amount of independent study is therefore required. Students can make use of Moodle to facilitate this.

 

Assessment

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

one Reading/Writing test (term 3)

Tutor:

Jörg Seifert

Diagnostic Test Higher Levels

https://ondemand.questionmark.eu/home/610141/
 

Course Text Books

  • Erkundungen, Integriertes Kurs-und Arbeitsbuch, Sprachniveau B2, Schubert-Verlag Leipzig, ISBN: 978-3-941323-43-8 (3rd edition 2019)
  • "Sommerhaus, später", Judith Hermann, Fischer

Additional Material

  • Dreyer-Schmitt, Practice Grammar of German, Verlag fuer Deutsch

  • “Hammer’s German Grammar and Usage”, Revised by Martin Durrell
  • Dictionary: German-English, English-German dictionary, Collins

Course Description:

This module is designed to meet the needs of undergraduates who wish to acquire a more detailed and more specialised knowledge of the German language.

The module will put an emphasis on improving the following skills:communicating more effectively in German, in situations ranging from informal conversation to a formal presentation;

  • reading and understanding articles in German and a varied range of fictional and non-fictional passages;
  • gaining practice in writing short essays in German

Reading, writing and speaking activities will be centred around literary and non-literary texts focusing on aspects of life and culture in German-speaking countries.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the module students will have:

Develop competence in a broad range of complex and non-routine language tasks across a wide and often unpredictable variety of contexts

Consolidate and expand grammatical and syntactical competence

Become more proficient in using a wider range of register and style both in speaking and writing

Further awareness and appreciation of German culture

Develop an appreciation of literary and non-literary texts

Syllabus

  • work and study
  • aspects of German history
  • culture and politics
  • people and environment

Students will also be encouraged to read regularly magazines and newspapers to keep up to date with events in Germany and German-speaking countries.

Grammar

Consolidation of major elements, such as:

  • Imperfect of verbs
  • Passive voice
  • Subjunctive (Konjunktiv I/II)
  • Extended Participle Structures