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.
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.
This module is available as an approved option in undergraduate programmes for departments in the Faculties of Arts, Sciences and Social Studies, commencing Week 2, Term 1.
Dr Birgit Oehle, Jörg Seifert.
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 awarenes 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 drawing on source texts of substantial volume;
- demonstrate the ability to produce German of increasing complexity and sophistication, developing skills of analysis and argumentation;
- demonstrate the ability to produce English language versions of German originals such that they are useable in a professional context;
- 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.
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 the many magazines and newspapers available in the Centre to keep up to date with events in Germany and German-speaking countries.
- Important Notes
- Speaking Examinations Information for Students
- Test/exam marks in the Language Centre
- Grammar Skills
Exam summary and skills weighting:
Marking Criteria Translation: Marking Criteria
Marking Criteria Written: Marking Criteria
Marking criteria (oral): Marking criteria (oral) levels 6 and 7