The module is offered to undergraduates who already have an advanced knowledge of German ( e.g. good A level + one year of further study or equivalent ) or who have successfully completed German 5.
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.
This 30 CREDIT module is also available for 24 CREDITS.
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.
Translation German into English (Term 2)
One Speaking Test (Term 3)
One Writing test (Term 3)
Dr Birgit Oehle, Jörg Seifert
Diagnostic Test Higher Levels
Course Text Book:
Students should also be aware of materials such as:
- Dictionary: German-English, English-German dictionary, Collins
- Dreyer-Schmitt, Practice Grammar of German, Verlag für Deutsch
- “Hammer’s German Grammar and Usage”, Revised by Martin Durrell
The module will put an emphasis on improving the following skills:
- translating a variety of texts from German into English;
- gaining practice in writing short essays;
- reading and understanding articles in German and a varied range of fictional and non-fictional passages;
- communicating more effectively in German, in situations ranging from informal conversation to a formal presentation.
- raising awareness and exploration of intercultural competencies
By the end of the module students should be able to/will have:
Demonstrate the ability to understand and process German of increasing complexity and sophistication
Demonstrate the ability to produce written and spoken German of increasing complexity and sophistication
Demonstrate the ability to analyse information from a variety of sources and re-present it in a variety of formats
Demonstrate the ability to produce English language versions of German originals such that they are useable in a professional context
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. The topics may include:
- Intercultural Communication
Students will also be encouraged to read and discuss regularly magazines and newspapers to keep up to date with events in Germany and German-speaking countries.