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A Post A-Level or equivalent course in German language and culture

How to enrol

Course Details

Available to first years
Tuesday 16.00-18.00
19 weeks (autumn and spring terms)

Available to second years
Monday 16.00-18.00
20 weeks (autumn and spring terms)

Available to third and fourth years
Thursday 16.00-18.00
20 weeks (autumn and spring terms)

A communicative course for students with an A-level in German or comparable standard of competency, on the language and culture of the German-speaking countries.

This course aims to

  • Improve your comprehension skills using written (scientific, journalistic and literary), oral, video and documentary material
  • Enable you to practice, both orally and in writing, a range of complex grammatical structures
  • Acquaint you with a knowledge of current affairs in the German-speaking countries
  • Provide you with background knowledge and vocabulary on social, political, cultural, scientific and technological developments in the German-speaking countries

By the end of the course, students should have reached approximately the B2+ standard of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)

To be eligible for this course you need to have done one of the following:

  • Successfully completed German Level 3 Course
  • Gained a German A-level Qualification
  • Already achieved B1+ or equivalent on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)

This course is not intended for native or near-native speakers.

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Learning objectives

Reichstag Building Berlin This course will equip you with the ability to:

  • Communicate orally and in writing at a sophisticated level and in an appropriate style, including within your own subject area
  • Distinguish between various styles of writing; analyse topics arising from a range of texts including scientific, journalistic and literary writing
  • Read the German press, watch television and listen to radio programmes with relative ease.
  • Interpret and explain statistics and graphic information
  • Understand and discuss current issues in the German-speaking countries

Indicative core content

Black Forrest The main theme of the year is current affairs in the German-speaking countries, as reflected in the press and the other mass media. Articles from a number of German publications such as Die Welt, Spiegel and the Frankfurter Allgemeine will be read and discussed. You will do high-level language work including on scientific/technological topics and appropriate audio and video material will also be used.

Language:

  • revision of grammatical structures as appropriate
  • analysis of a range of linguistic registers in speech and writing
  • further aspects of word order, adjectives and verb forms, including use of the subjunctive
  • further work on prepositions and conjunctions; nouns; the subjunctive (including reported speech) and the passive voice
  • the language of science

Topics:

  • topics dominating the media in Germany, Austria and Switzerland
  • the German language: different registers, e.g. scientific, colloquial, literary
  • people and places
  • the consumer society
  • the future
  • current affairs
  • the world of work in the German speaking countries
  • old and new media
  • health
  • transport and mobility.

Assessment

  • Coursework 35% - 5 pieces of written coursework (may include in-class tests)
  • Written examination 35% - A two-hour written examination at the end of the Spring term
  • Oral examination 30% - A 20-minute oral examination at the end of the course

Assessment information for students on a course with a year abroad

Key information

  • 6 ECTS points awarded on successful completion of the course.
  • Available to take for credit towards your degree where your department allows. Also available for extra-credit.
  • You must be prepared to attend all classes and and undertake approximately 2-3 hours of private study each week in addition to the assessment.

Coursebook: Aspekte neu B2, Ute Koithan, Helen Schmitz et. al., Lehrbuch (2015) 978-3-12-605025-8

Additional materials: articles from contemporary German press and supplementary audio and video materials.

Further information for Year Abroad/Year in Europe Students
Further information for BSc Hons and MSc Language for Science Degrees