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A Post-GCSE or equivalent module in German language and culture

Module details

  • Offered to all Undergraduates
  • Monday, Tuesday or Thursday 16.00-18.00 (depending on year of study)
  • Planned delivery: On campus (South Kensington)
  • 2 term module worth 7.5 ECTS
  • Available to eligible students as part of I-Explore
  • Extra Credit or Degree Credit where your department allows
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A communicative module for students with some prior knowledge of the German language and culture of the German-speaking countries.

This module aims to:

  • Develop existing basic skills in everyday language use through revision and consolidation
  • Extend your range of vocabulary, simple structures, and introduce more complex constructions
  • Provide students with the opportunity to develop all the fundamental language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) in German
  • Equip you with the necessary tools for independent language learning
  • Offer an insight into a range of aspects of the culture and daily life in German-speaking countries
  • Prepare you to progress towards higher language levels

By the end of the module, students should have reached approximately the A2+ standard of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

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

  • Successfully completed German Level 1
  • Gained a German GCSE Qualification
  • Already achieved A1+ or equivalent on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)

Please note: The information on this module description is indicative. The module may undergo minor modifications before the start of next academic year. 

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Learning outcomes


On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:Reichstag Building Berlin

  • Respond to and produce simple spoken
    language in familiar contexts, applying your knowledge of grammar and vocabulary
  • Respond to and produce simple written texts
  • Apply your knowledge and skills of grammar and vocabulary at A2-level (in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) and demonstrate the relevant level of intercultural awareness in your handling of everyday social interactions in German and your use of language
  • Engage with a range of digital language-learning tools to support your production


Indicative core content


In this module, you will cover the following linguistic structures:Black Forrest

  • Declension of the noun and pronoun
  • Present, future and perfect tenses of the verb
  • Rules of word order
  • Imperfect tense of the verb
  • Use of prepositions
  • Use of adjectives (comparison and adjectival endings)
  • Relative and reflexive pronouns
  • Subordinate clauses

You will be able to revise and consolidate your knowledge and skills:

  • Culture and customs
  • Languages and communication
  • Accommodation
  • Travel and sights
  • Leisure activities
  • Health
  • Work
  • Bank
  • Clothes
  • Inventions
  • Features of modern life (including social and behavioural norms), selected cultural areas and personalities of German-speaking countries

Learning and teaching approach

In line with modern foreign languages communicative and active learning methodologies, the in-class
activities you will complete will cover all four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking). These will
include pair work and groupwork (dialogue practice, information gap exercises, discussion), individual tasks, discovery and formulation of grammatical rules, work with texts, etc. Homework and coursework tasks will give you the opportunity to revise and consolidate your knowledge and skills and to develop your awareness of how to use language learning tools independently. Our approach not only ensures you
engage with a wide range of tasks and activities, but also seeks to support different learning styles.

Your coursework will be marked and returned within two weeks. Rubrics and revision guidance (how-to
guides) will be included as needed with each coursework. You will receive detailed feedback alongside
suggestions for improvement and an overall percentage showing your provisional grade for that


  • Coursework (15%): Set mid-Autumn Term on the virtual learning environment and includes grammar and writing (approx. 150-170 words).
  • Examination (10%): In-class test on the virtual learning environment (bring your own device). This 1-hour test will take place at the end of Autumn Term. It will include reading comprehension (approx. 250 words) and a writing task (160-180 words).
  • Coursework (20%): Set mid-Spring Term on the virtual learning environment and includes listening and speaking.
  • Examination (30%): In-class test on the virtual learning environment (bring your own device). This 1-hour test will take place at the end of Spring Term. It will include reading comprehension (approx. 250 words) and grammar.
  • Practical (25%): 14-minute oral exam in the Summer Term, consisting of general conversation and role-play.

Assessment information for students on a course with a year abroad

The module includes formative as well as summative assessment. Homework tasks (theory revision,
reading, writing, listening, etc) are set every week on the virtual learning environment, following a flipped-classroom approach to ensure face-to-face time is devoted for interactional learning and communicative skills acquisition. This means that you will be provided with materials to study independently beforehand, and then apply these during classroom time. Your lecturer will provide you with support materials and guidance to reinforce topics covered at your own pace.

You will need to complete two pieces of summative coursework (set during mid-Autumn Term and mid-Spring Term), which will include rubrics and revision guidance to ensure you are supported when completing your work and so that you are aware of the assessment expectations. There will also be two 1-hour in-class examinations (scheduled at the end of Autumn Term and at the end of Spring Term), and one practical in the form of an oral examination (at the end of Spring Term or during the Summer term). All summative assessments contribute to the final module grade/mark.

Key information

  • 7.5 ECTS points awarded on successful completion of the module.
  • 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 3 hours of private study each week in addition to the assessment.

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