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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 further all the basic language skills, i.e. reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Revise and consolidate basic grammar
  • Introduce more complex grammatical structures and extend vocabulary
  • Gain further insights into culture and daily life in the German-speaking countries

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: This module is currently undergoing minor modifications and is therefore subject to change. 

Information blocks

Learning outcomes

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

  • Communicate orally and in writing with a fair degree of accuracy on a variety of subject areas
  • Describe and discuss simple diagrams and statistics
  • With preparation, present a well-argued case
  • With the aid of bilingual dictionaries, read and understand texts of moderate complexity on a variety of subject areas
  • Identify selected historical, geographical, cultural and social characteristics of the German-speaking countries

Indicative core content

Black ForrestYou may not have had contact with the language for some time and therefore the emphasis in the first term is on a thorough revision of the basic German structures that you will have met at school. In the second term, new structures are introduced. In addition, your communication skills will be developed, both in the spoken and written language.


  • thorough revision of all the basic structures of the language (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


  • languages and communication
  • lifestyles; travel
  • leisure activities
  • media
  • culture and customs
  • work
  • inventions

Learning and teaching approach

Weekly in-class activities cover reading, writing, listening and speaking. Learning will involve pair work, group work, and individual tasks and will include critical evaluation of texts, audio and video material. A range of weekly homework tasks give you the opportunity to revise and consolidate knowledge and skills.

All pieces of coursework are marked and returned within two weeks. Detailed feedback is provided for each individual section of the coursework, giving the correct answer along with suggestions for improvement.  Generic feedback on each individual piece of coursework is also provided in class.


  • Coursework: Grammar and 100-120 word writing task (15%)
  • Examination: 1-hour Exam - Reading comprehension, grammar and 150-170 word writing task (10%)
  • Coursework: Reading, 180-200 word writing task and grammar (20%)
  • Examination: 1-hour Exam - 5-7 minute listening comprehension and speaking (30%)
  • Practical: 14-minute Oral Exam - role play and general conversation (25%)

Assessment information for students on a course with a year abroad

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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Kurs- und Übungsbuch mit MP3-CD 
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Further information for Year Abroad/Year in Europe Students
Further information for BSc Hons and MSc Language for Science Degrees

"Good content, well structured. Good transition for people who haven't done Level 1 at Imperial but have done GCSE German a few years ago."