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German 4 (LL211)



These modules are offered to undergraduates who already have a good knowledge of German: 5/6 years of German, AS or rusty A-level German (or equivalent) or who have successfully completed German 3.

Main Objectives:

These modules will strengthen reading and writing skills and will also reinforce the communicative skills acquired during previous study of the German language.

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.


Dr Birgit Oehle & Charlotte Annighoefer

Course Texts

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)

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).
  • Further information will be provided about grammar reference materials, but the most comprehensive guide for native speakers of English is, Durrell, M. (2011) Hammer's German Grammar and Usage, 5th ed, London: Hodder Education.

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 4 qualifies students to progress to German 5.

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 locating information and understanding structure
  • understand and produce the main ideas of complex text on concrete and abstract topics
  • understand extended speech in a variety of contexts, and the gist of most current affairs programmes and films (including implied meaning)
  • read articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems
  • 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

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level B2 Independent user (vantage) of the Common European Framework.


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

  • societal values;
  • work;
  • interacting with others;
  • studying abroad.
  • Term 1 will review and develop essential features such as: case; word order; relative clauses.
  • Term 2 will cover items allowing greater differentiation and sophistication of expression, such as: the passive; conditions.