ML14 German level 4
A Post A-Level or equivalent course in German language and culture
Available to first years
19 weeks (autumn and spring terms)
Available to second years
20 weeks (autumn and spring terms)
Available to third and fourth years
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.
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
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.
- 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 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
- transport and mobility.
- 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
- 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.