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

Information blocks

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. You will be able to 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.

Topics include:

  • 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 assessment.


  • Coursework (15%): Set mid-term (term 1) on the virtual learning environment and includes grammar, reading comprehension (approx 300 words) and writing (80 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 term 1. It will include an audio (5 min) and a writing task (160-180 words).
  • Coursework (20%): Set mid-term (term 2) on the virtual learning environment and includes grammar and a writing task (160-180 word).
  • 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 term 2. It will include reading (300 words) and a speaking task (5 min).
  • Practical (25%): 14-minute oral exam in term 3 consisting of general conversation and role-play.

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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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."