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

Module details

Offered to all Undergraduates
2 term module
7.5 ECTS
Extra Credit or Degree Credit where your department allows

Degree credit module options by departmentHow to enrol

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)

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.

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

Topics:

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

Assessment

  • Coursework 40% - 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 25% - A 15-minute oral examination at the end of the module

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.

Coursebook: 
DaF kompakt neu A2
Birgit Braun, Margit Doubek et al.
Kurs- und Übungsbuch mit MP3-CD 
A2 
212 Seiten 
978-3-12-676314-1

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."