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German 5 (LL212)



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.


This 30 CREDIT module is 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.


Jörg Seifert

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:

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

  • consolidated and expanded listening, reading, writing and speaking skills at an advanced level
  • improved awareness and knowledge of life and culture in German-speaking countries
  • increased their knowledge of grammar, syntax and register


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

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


Consolidation of major elements, such as:

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


German Diagnostic Test

Assessment Scheme:

Portfolio, oral test, and final written and reading examination

Exam summary and skills weighting: see Module Information and German 5

Assessment Marking criteria (written): marking criteria (written) German 5

Marking criteria (oral): marking criteria (oral) German 5