Entry requirements: prior knowledge of German (GCSE level or Language Centre German 1 or equivalent).
To enable students to develop competence in a range of language tasks performed in familiar work and social contexts, to extend skills in reading and listening comprehension and to consolidate and extend the knowledge and use of German grammar and syntax.
30 CREDITS, also available for 24 CREDITS
One 2-hour language class each week for 21 weeks.
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 (a virtual learning environment) to facilitate this.
Course Texts (must be bought by student)
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)
- Aktion Grammatik!: New Advanced German Grammar by Trudi McMahon and John Klapper
- English Grammar for Students of German: The Study Guide for Those Learning German by Cecile Zorach and Charlotte Melin (Paperback - June 2001)
These will give the students the chance to spend some time learning and reinforcing the basics of the German language. This will offer an opportunity for students not specialising in foreign languages to improve their communicative competence in German as a supplement to their studies in other spheres. For those students intending to travel to Germany, Austria or Switzerland either for study or on work placements, these modules can work as a refresher, and could be essential in confidence-building for communicating with native speakers abroad.
Successful completion of German 2 qualifies students to progress to German 3.
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
- apply a basic knowledge of grammar appropriate to the level
- apply strategies for understanding gist and specific information
- have 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 work-related language
- write simple texts, messages and emails
- exchange information orally on familiar topics and activities and describe background and immediate needs
By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level A2 Basic user (waystage) of the Common European Framework.
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.
Term 1 will cover items such as: talking about cultures, places, events and impressions.
Term 2 will cover items such as: talking about sport and leisure, business, festivals and customs, work , people and places in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Term 1 will cover items such as: consolidation and revision of essential basic structures. The use of the perfect tense, cases, prepositions and adjective endings.
Term 2 will cover items such as: conjunctions, subjunctive, imperfect and relative clauses.